In October 2021, Honda announced the launch of ten ‘e:N Series’ electric cars in China between 2022 and 2026. The company also said that it is planning to launch e:N Series models globally.
So far, Honda has announced two production models and three concept models under the e:N Series range. One of the concept EVs, called Honda e:N SUV, could evolve into a large SUV like the Hyundai Ioniq 7 or VW ID.6. This concept is celebrating its world debut at the 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show.
The Honda e:N SUV concept is a design study and feels quite far from production. The concept model has sharp and straight body lines, flat surfaces, thin lights, concave nose, wedge-shaped DLO, and extremely raked A- and C-pillars. The concave-shaped nose section and the intense front light design lead to a very dominating appearance at the front. The combination of low height and huge wheels gives it a solid stance. The sci-fi looks continue at the rear with the bizarre light design and the unusual concave tail section.
It might be ten Honda e:N Series models, but some of them would be duplicates with a different name and a modified design. Honda operates via two joint ventures in China – Dongfeng Honda and GAC Honda – and it launches the same car under different names, so that the JV companies may target different age groups or regions.
The latest model in the dual-purpose strategy is the Honda HR-V based EV, called Honda e:NS1 at Dongfeng Honda and Honda e:NP1 at GAC Honda. Likewise, the Fit, Accord, CR-V, and Odyssey have two versions in China. Similarly, the Honda e:N SUV concept-derived production model could come in different avatars.
The Honda e:N SUV concept’s production version may offer comfortable seating for up to seven people. With China’s new three-child policy, the potential for large electric SUVs with three-row seating looks strong. Honda will likely develop such a model on the new e:N Architecture W platform, which allows single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD configurations.
Honda has said that both its auto joint ventures in China will construct EV production plants and start the rollout in 2024. Batteries for the e:N Series models will come from Chinese supplier CATL.
Whichever Honda e:N Series EVs end up coming to the global markets will come from China. The company has said that it “envisions” exporting these models manufactured in China.
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