Despite the current Honda HR-V nearing the end of its life, Honda’s joint venture companies in China continue milking the platform for new versions. Last year, the Everus VE-1 and the Honda X-NV were put on sale, and this year, spawning from the seven-year-old small SUV is the Honda M-NV.
The Everus VE-1 belongs to the GAC-Honda JV company, and the Honda X-NV was the Dongfeng-Honda’s Honda HR-V-based electric SUV. The Honda M-NV is another project from the same Sino-Japanese venture, which may not be that odd in a market with a big appetite for electric SUVs like China where cars from different generations run alongside each other, targeting unique demographics.
The looks and the specifications insist that Dongfeng-Honda will pitch the M-NV as a premium offering compared to the X-NV. The new electric SUV has a front fascia that is designed differently giving it a dash of sophistication and premiumness.
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The Honda M-NV features split LED headlamps, and an extra LED LED DRL strip in the center to make them look connected. A chrome strip runs the width of the fascia, to make it seem relatively more elegant. At the rear, the tailgate and tail lamp graphics carry an individual design.
The interior of the Honda M-NV carries a more upmarket design and much of that has to do with the stylish upholstery and the fully digital instrument cluster which you don’t get in the HR-V or its other derivatives.
The Honda M-NV measures 4,324 mm (170.2 in) in length, 1,785 mm (70.2 in) in width and 1,637 mm (64.4 in) in height. The single motor powertrain generates 120 kW (161 hp) of power and 280 Nm (207 Lb.-Ft.) of torque. However, while the Honda X-NV has a range of 401 km (249 mi), the Honda M-NV can travel 480 km (298 mi) on a full charge, thanks to its bigger, 61.3 kWh battery pack compared to the Honda X-NV’s 53.6 kWh unit.
The Honda M-NV was expected to be more expensive than the X-NV, the prices of which start at CNY 169,800, which converts to almost USD 26,000. But strangely, with a starting price of CNY 149,800 or approximately $23,000, it is cheaper. Like the Everus VE-1 and the X-NV, the Honda M-NV is a China-only product.
As for Honda fans in the rest of the world, watch out for the next generation 2022 Honda HR-V to emerge in the launch market of Japan in early 2021.
|Length||4,324 mm (170.2 in.)|
|Width||1,785 mm (70.3 in.)|
|Height||1,637 mm (64.4 in.)|
|Wheelbase||2,610 mm (102.8 in.)|
|Motor Power||120 kW (161 hp)|
|Motor Torque||280 Nm (380 Lb.-Ft.)|
|Battery Pack Type||Lithium-ion|
|Battery Pack Energy Storage Capacity||61.3 kWh (Gross)|
|Range (NEDC)||480 km (298 miles)|
|Power Consumption Rating||13.7 kWh/100 km (22 kWh/100 miles)|
|7 kW AC Slow-charging Time (5-100% SoC)||≤10 hours|
|60 kW DC Fast-charging Time (30-80% SoC)||≤30 minutes|
Image Source: Honda/Dongfeng-Honda