Honda’s all-new hybrid SUV, the third-gen Honda HR-V, has just arrived in Europe, and there could be more to come in the space from the ‘H’ brand. All-electric HR-Vs called the Honda e:NS1 and Honda e:NP1 were unveiled on 13 October 2021, and will enter Chinese showrooms in the spring of 2022. And the interesting part? One of these could go to Europe in the foreseeable future.
Christophe Decultot, President, Honda Benelux (Honda Motor Europe), has confirmed that Honda will expand the European line-up with another EV. Speaking to autovisie in October 2021, Decultot said that he’s not allowed to say how the expansion is setup but “it is certain that there will be an (a new) electric model.” The new Honda EV will have a different positioning than the Honda e, but we don’t know whether it will be a derivative of the HR-V, the Honda Benelux boss added.
It’s interesting that Decultot talked about the Honda SUV e:prototype (pictured above) that debuted at Auto Shanghai 2021 during the interview. The production version has two versions, a Honda e:NS1 for the Dongfeng-Honda JV company and a Honda e:NP1 for the Guangqi-Honda JV company. Decultot said that although Honda has developed the EV for China, it could bring it to Europe.
At the Shanghai car show earlier this year, there was a concept car. Although that model has been developed for the Chinese market, there is a chance that the car will also come to Europe. Officially, the car is not intended for Europe, but we cannot say that it will not come.Christophe Decultot, President, Honda Benelux (Translated)
In August 2021, Jean-Marc Streng, President and Managing Director, Honda UK, had told Auto Express that the UK will get a new Honda EV in 2023. According to the British publication’s intel, it is likely to be a compact SUV similar to the Honda SUV e:concept. The report states that Honda’s engineering chief had previously confirmed that the Honda e’s RWD platform will underpin the upcoming European electric SUV. The Chinese HR-V EV, on the other hand, is a front-wheel drive model sitting on ‘e:N Architecture F’ platform developed for small and medium-sized EVs.
On the Honda e:NS1 & Honda e:NP1 (Honda HR-V based EVs)
While China will get the production EV as the Honda e:NS1 and Honda e:NP1, in Europe, it could arrive as Honda HR-V e or Honda HR-V electric.
The e:NS1 looks largely the same as the SUV:e prototype. It has revised headlamp and tail lamp clusters, narrower DRLs, regular front fog lights, non-backlit Honda logos, including a block-lettered one at the rear, traditional side mirrors, and regular front door handles instead of flush-fitting ones.
Interior & Features
The Honda e:NP1 features the same design and should have the same specifications as the Honda e:NS1. A minor difference is that it doesn’t get the sporty spoiler above the tail lamps. Inside, the electric SUVs feature a Driver Monitoring Camera, a 15.2-inch HD portrait touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, and Honda Connect 3.0 with 20+ connected vehicle functions. The vehicle comes with a sound system that simulates the acceleration of a combustion engine.
The Honda e:NS1 is 50 mm (2.0 in.) longer and 22 mm (0.9 in.) lower than the all-new HR-V Hybrid, but it has the same width and wheelbase. It measures 4,390 mm (172.8 in.) in length, 1,790 mm (70.5 in.) in width, and 1,560 mm (61.4 in.) in height. The wheelbase spans 2,610 mm (102.8 in.).
Dongfeng-Honda would offer the e:NS1 in four variants. Customers would be able to choose from two Lithium-ion battery packs, a 53.6 kWh unit that offers a 420 km of range (CLTC) and a 68.8 kWh unit that provides 510 km of range (CLTC). The standard-range variant would have a low-output permanent magnet synchronous motor generating 134 kW and 310 Nm of torque. It would achieve a top speed of 150 km/h and consume 13.60 kWh/100 km. The long-range variant would have a high-output permanent magnet synchronous motor producing 150 kW and 310 Nm of torque. It would be just as fast, but it would consume slightly more energy – 13.80 kWh/100 km.
As you can observe in the graph below, the Honda e:NS1 and Honda e:NP1 will have a range of more than 500 km (311 miles) and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of just under 8 seconds.
The Honda e:NS1 debuted at the 2021 Wuhan Auto Show on 21 October 2021, and the Honda e:NP1, on 19 November 2021, at the 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show. Guangqi Honda plans to launch the SUV in China in the first half of 2022. The company plans to expand its new energy vehicle production capacity to 120,000 units per year, foreseeing the huge demand from the e:N Series models. The potential growth in EV demand could include European exports as well.
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