Honda has revealed a picture of the Honda Urban EV’s interior ahead of the car’s launch at the Geneva motor show. Keep reading for the car’s price, specs and release date
Honda Urban EV's interior
minimal interior design
Price and release date
£25,000 estimated; 2020
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Honda has revealed a picture of the Honda Urban EV’s interior ahead of the car’s launch at the Geneva motor show. Its smart design and heavy infotainment focus is the first concrete sign that the company’s new small car will target premium EVs such as the BMW i3 and the Mini Electric.
Undoubtedly the most eye-catching feature is the car’s full-length infotainment screen. The right-hand side appears to be a touchscreen that’s organised into tiles much like you’ll find in the latest BMWs, allowing Honda to bank relevant information neatly together. It means Honda may, finally, have grasped the concept of an intuitive infotainment screen. You can but hope…
As we can see in the single picture provided by Honda, the system will provide information on navigation and the stereo, but also give detailed feedback on battery range and electrical recuperation. Meanwhile, the screen behind the steering wheel provides info on things like speed. Whether it’ll be able to transform into a huge sat-nav map, something Audis have been doing for years, isn’t confirmed here.
Stick your eyes right in front of your screen and you’ll also spot smaller displays in both corners of the dashboard – they’ll be the monitors for the rear-facing cameras that you can see in the official exterior sketch below. That’s another Audi trick first seen on the e-tron – whether they offer any real advantages over the conventional mirrors is debatable. But, hey, they look cool.
The advantage of having a dashboard that’s mirrored on a Richer Sounds’ TV shop’s front window is that there’s space for that huge slab of wood than run across the top of the dashboard – making this one of the nicer interiors we’ve seen in a Honda recently. The look seems to have been borrowed from the Honda Civic of the ’70s, fitting the retro brief that’s proved so popular for Mini.
Honda Urban EV price and release date
To be a competitive alternative to the BMW i3 and Mini Electric, the Honda would have to have a price tag of £25-30,000. Expect a production version of the Honda Urban EV in 2020.
Honda Urban EV styling
While the sketch below is the latest official pic we have seen of the exterior of the Honda Urban EV since the concept car was shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, our spies have already spotted the car undergoing testing covered in heavy camouflage.Even plastered head to toe in a wrap, it’s clear a cutesy face and bubble shape will be central to the little Honda’s appeal. What our pics also show is that the car will get pretty bezzled LED headlights and taillights that resemble the symbols you’d see on the diagram for an electrical circuit board.
Honda Urban EV range and performance
The Honda Urban EV won’t travel as far as expensive EVs like the Audi e-tron or Tesla Model S, but you can expect 150 miles from a single charge. A 0-62mph time of around 10 seconds is possible and would be quick enough to hit the Honda’s sporty-city-car brief. It would be nippy off the lights in town particularly because and, with no gears to worry about, accelerating will be simply a matter of pressing on the pedal. That, and the fact the Honda Urban EV will be exempt from London’s congestion charge, would make it a hard car to ignore if you’re looking for a stylish but frugal way of getting from A to B in town.
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