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Honda SUV e:concept revealed in Beijing

The electric Honda SUV e:concept will share parts with the Honda e hatchback

  • Unveiled at Beijing Motor Show
  • Will be Honda’s second EV
  • Very different styling to the hatchback

The Honda SUV e:concept has been revealed at the Beijing Motor Show. It’ll be Honda’s second fully electric car when it goes on sale, after the Honda e hatchback launched earlier this year. The production version will go on sale in China initially but Honda may decide to bring it to Europe.

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We expect the new SUV will use the same platform and 152bhp rear-mounted electric motor as the Honda e. A bigger battery is likely, however, as the hatchback has a limited range and heavier SUV bodywork would only reduce this further.

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We expect 50kW fast-charging to come as standard, which should top up the battery to 80% in around half an hour. Hooking up to a Type 2 wallbox will fully recharge the battery in about nine hours.

As it’s influenced by the Honda e, it’s likely that the Honda SUV e:concept will feature the same futuristic dashboard, which consists of two 12.3-inch infotainment screens and rear-view monitors instead of traditional door mirrors. A digital ‘assistant’ will feature in the system, alongside over-the-air updates and the latest smartphone connectivity. The Honda e also features quirks like an aquarium mode and a HDMI port to connect a games console - although only when the car’s stationary.

An improved 360-degree driver assistance feature will be included on the production-ready model, which suggests the Honda SUV e:concept will be able to drive semi-autonomously in some situations.

Styling is one aspect of the car that’s different to the Honda e. The SUV e:concept is more in keeping with the Honda HR-V and Honda CR-V SUVs. There are angular LED headlights connected by a light bar, and a large Honda badge where you’d find a grille on a petrol car. The concept’s contrasting roof and black plastic wheel arches should reach production but it’s thought the final car will have five doors.

See where the Honda e features on our lists of the best city cars and cheapest electric cars.

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