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 Honda. An all-electric HR-V called Honda e:NS1 and also Honda e:NP1, unveiled on 13 October 2021, will enter Chinese showrooms in the spring of 2022, and it could go to Europe later.
Christophe Decultot, President, Honda Benelux (Honda Motor Europe), has confirmed that Honda will expand the European line-up with another EV. Speaking to autovisie recently, 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)
Honda e:NS1 & Honda e:NP1 (Honda HR-V electric)
The Honda SUV e:prototype is undoubtedly a further advancement of the Honda SUV e:concept from Auto China 2020 held in September 2020, and the new HR-V gets its design from the same concept. 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.
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 will offer it in 134 kW and 150 kW FWD variants.
The Honda e:NP1 features the same design and should have the same specifications as the Honda e:NS1. It doesn’t get the sporty rear spoiler above the tail lamps, though. 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.
As you can see in the picture 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.
Honda electric SUV on the Honda e’s platform to release in 2023
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.
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