2021 Honda SUV E:Concept unveiled in Beijing
Honda has taken the wraps off its stylish SUV e:concept at the Beijing Motor Show. It’s a near-production taster of the electric crossover that’s set to go on sale in China, but there’s no word yet if it will come to Europe.
The e:concept will be the second electric vehicle in Honda’s range, following the launch of the Honda e city car earlier in the year. While the smaller car has a retro design that references the original Civic, Honda describes the e:concept as ‘fresh and fun for customers’. The brand’s designers have capitalised on the lack of need for a traditional front grille, smoothing off the nose and increasing the size of the Honda badge to make it the new focal point. Narrow LED headlights are connected by a thin strip of light, and a jutting chin spoiler replaces a traditional front bumper.
Viewed from the side, the e:concept looks sporty thanks to its two-door design – it may well be a five door by the time it reaches production – large multi-spoke alloy wheels and coupé-like roofline. However, it’s still marked out as an SUV by plastic cladding for the wheel arches and a raised ground clearance. A floating roof design makes the concept look light on its feet, and it has a long bonnet for an electric model. While no technical details have been revealed by Honda, it’s likely that power will come from the same 152bhp electric motor as the e city car. However, prospective buyers will likely be hoping its battery pack has a larger capacity than that car’s 35.5kWh, to give it a range of at least 150 miles. Rapid charging at up to 50kW is also anticipated to be offered.
The new model should get an impressive amount of safety kit, including Honda’s next-generation of driver assistance technology with ‘improved recognition, predication and decision-making performance’ and 360-degree ‘omnidirectional adaptive driver assistance systems’. It will usher in the newest Honda Connect infotainment setup, too, with an artificial intelligence assistant, improved smartphone connectivity and wireless updates.