New Honda e:Ny1 electric SUV revealed
Honda has announced the e:Ny1 SUV – the brand’s second electric vehicle, sitting above the Honda e
- Range of up to 256 miles
- New design language for Honda EVs
- Honda’s second EV, above Honda e city car
Honda has announced its second electric vehicle, named the Honda e:Ny1 and due to go on sale later in 2023. It’s the brand’s first electric SUV, sitting above the Honda e city car as its next EV. The e:Ny1 will usher in a new design language for the brand’s electric lineup, which will include a new Honda logo in white.
The e:Ny1 will sit on the same platform as the HR-V small hybrid SUV, with an identical-sized wheelbase, albeit with a larger boot capacity of 346 litres. It’s just a few centimetres longer than the Peugeot e-2008, but it’s beaten on boot space by the Kia Niro EV’s 476-litre capacity. The e:Ny1 will go up against these small SUVs as well as other rivals such as the Hyundai Kona Electric, Citroen e-C4 and Vauxhall Mokka Electric.
Honda e:Ny1 design
The electric SUV’s design doesn’t look to differ too much from the e:Ny1 Prototype which was showcased last year; itself an evolution of the e:prototype from the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show.
It features a blanked-off grille in a similar fashion to that of the Kia Niro EV and MG ZS EV, in contrast to the HR-V’s conventional grille. Behind it sits the e:Ny1’s charging port, and a subtle light hidden beneath the bonnet’s leading edge moves from left to right to indicate when the car is charging. It will also flash if there’s a fault and it even ‘winks’ goodbye when you remove the cable.
Honda e:Ny1 performance, range and charging
The e:Ny1 will be front-wheel drive with one single electric motor, producing 201bhp and paired with a 62kWh battery, providing around 249 miles between charges.
Charging speeds don’t look to be class-leading, however – with a maximum DC rate of 78kW, which Honda claims takes the battery from 10-80% charge in around 45 minutes, the e:Ny1 is roughly on par with the Kia Niro EV and behind the Jeep Avenger’s 100kW maximum. Honda says that 11 minutes of charging will provide a top-up of 62 miles of range for the e:Ny1.
Honda e:Ny1 interior and technology
The Honda e:Ny1 has a completely overhauled cabin compared with its hybrid sibling, the HR-V. There’s a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, plus a massive 15.1-inch portrait touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard for infotainment.
That massive touchscreen’s interface will be divided into three unique areas: a top section for navigation and smartphone software, a centre section dedicated to audio and EV functions, with the remaining bottom section for heating and ventilation controls. The e:Ny1 will also be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and users can control many of the car’s features through their smartphone via the Honda+ app, such as scheduling charging and activating the climate control.
While there’s yet to be a full confirmation on pricing, the Honda e:Ny1 is expected to cost from around £45,000 when it goes on sale later this year – slightly more expensive than some of its key competitors. At that price, though, we’d expect it to be well-equipped. The e:Ny1 announcement comes alongside that of the upcoming Honda ZR-V and new CR-V SUVs as the brand plans to win back customers.
For more on the Japanese brand’s electric offerings, check out our review of the Honda e…
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