Honda unveils new e: Prototype electric crossover for ChinaApril 19, 2021
Honda has announced that it is preparing ten new electric vehicles for the Chinese market. The first of these will be the Honda e: Prototype crossover. Visually, it is strikingly similar to the Honda Vezel / HR-V, but has a heavily modified front and rear profile.
Honda SUV e: Prototype is Honda’s first “electric vehicle prototype” introduced in China. This is a preview of the production version that will go on sale in the spring of 2022. During the launch, Honda will unveil the production version of the e: prototype SUV in the eager Chinese market. Presumably, it could become part of the upcoming HR-V lineup.
There is no grill on the front of the Vezel, but the concept has a light grille. It extends inward, almost joining together, with a thin stripe above the “H”. The illuminated H itself is equipped with full-length taillights.
The design is an evolution of an earlier presentation: the Honda SUV e: concept, a more radical, sporty and squat three-door electric crossover that debuted at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show.
But keeping the Vezel’s basic body shape means the concept’s design will be production-ready on the surface. Honda hasn’t mentioned any details about the powertrain or range of the upcoming crossover.
The concern recently signed an agreement under which the brand will use General Motor’s Ultium battery technology. While the Ultium platform will underpin these Japanese vehicles, the architecture will change to “support Honda’s driving character.” It remains to be seen whether the production version of the e: Prototype SUV will use GM technology.
The Honda Breeze PHEV was also announced. The Honda Breeze is based on the CR-V but has a sharper styling. The Breeze PHEV will be the first plug-in hybrid manufactured by Guangqi Honda, a Honda joint venture in China. Again, there are no details regarding power output or drivetrain. But Honda promises that the twin-engine hybrid system results in electric-car-style driving with a lot of torque.
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