12.9.2017Frankfurt launch for Honda Urban EV Concept
Honda has unveiled its Urban EV Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, setting the direction for a similar model planned for production in 2019.
The funky concept is built on a brand new platform and is extremely compact, sitting 100mm shorter than Honda's current smallest model, the Jazz.
Featuring a display screen in the car's 'grille', and a huge 'floating' dashboard display, the Urban EV Concept is a big direction change from current Honda models. However, it's one that definitely works, even down to the rear-hinged doors.
Continuing the unusual design elements, the concept's charging inlet is under a flap on the bonnet, while the interior seats four on two bench seats.
Rather more conceptual ideas include the Honda Automated Network Assistant, which acts as a 'personal concierge'. This is supposed to 'learn from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgements'. The idea is the car can then make new choices and recommendations based on past actions. Expect this element of the concept to be ditched when the production car comes around.
Hopefully much of the Urban EV Concept's features will survive the path to production though, with many hopeful that the Japanese giant will make a huge leap forward in its vehicle line-up with the stylish concept.
Honda Motor Company President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, said during his press conference speech: "This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019."