A concept version of the car was originally revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017 and subsequently at the 2018 Geneva event. According to Honda at both shows reaction from visitors was highly positive.
Not surprisingly, disguised versions of the car that have recently begun testing appear to display few changes to the concept, the most obvious being the adoption of five doors instead of three.
A photo launched of the production model also appears to confirm that it will be a five-seater, whereas the concept had only four. It also remains to be seen whether technology on the concept will survive on the production car, such as the door-mounted cameras and inside display screens replacing the traditional side mirrors.
On sale soon
Honda has previously announced it ‘Electric Vision’ which states that by 2025 two thirds of the brand’s European vehicles sold will use electrified technology. UK Honda personnel are said to be expecting the car to sell well when it goes on sale within a year.
The Urban EV will be Honda’s first EV on sale in Europe and one of the brand’s smallest models, measuring up 10cm shorter than the Jazz supermini.
When unveiling the concept at Frankfurt in 2017, Honda stated that it was built on a completely new platform, and would set the direction for the technology and design of future EVs from the brand.
There are still no performance or range details of the Urban EV, nor any indication of prices.