Retro-styled Honda Urban EV confirmed for Geneva debut
Honda wowed crowds when it unveiled the Urban EV concept back in 2017. Since then we've seen camouflaged prototypes testing on the road and been treated to plenty of rumours and speculation regarding the cute concept.
Now we finally get a closer look at the real thing thanks to this design sketch giving us a hint of how the real thing will look. For more you'll have to wait until the Geneva Motor Show in March, when Honda will unveil the full prototype.
From the sketch we can see the Urban EV is a little more round compared to the original concept, which paid homage to the first generation Civic with its boxy looks and long rectangular grille covering the whole width of the front fascia.
The lights are a little different too, and the funky-but-a-bit-pointless in-grille display is gone too. On a positive note, the glow from the dash suggests Honda kept the huge infotainment display shown on the concept, albeit in a likely modified and less protruding form.
The spy photos from the past couple of weeks have revealed a bit more – for example, that the Urban EV will feature a five-door variant, and lose the awesome suicide doors featured on the concept. The prototype does however, retain the little camera pods in place of traditional wing mirrors. So far only the Audi e-tron and Lexus ES were bold enough to bring these in production form.
Sadly the prototype doesn't seem to retain the concept's super thin A-pillars, but that's no surprise as that's generally one of the things all concepts lose once they get production ready, mainly due to safety regulations and manufacturing difficulty.
The Honda Urban EV is set to hit the UK market in late 2019 and will reportedly cost somewhere around £30,000. The range isn't confirmed in any way yet, but many reports suggest it will likely be around 150 miles. While it's not impressive, it will likely be enough for a car that's meant to be a city commuter smaller even than the tiny Honda Jazz.