Do you remember Honda’s retro-styled concept car that was introduced at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show? Well, it appears that the Japanese automaker works on the production model right now. A testing prototype of what appears to be the 2020 Honda Urban EV has been spied testing in Europe, and most of the latest reports claim that the retro model is going to be introduced early next year.
Even though it’s totally camouflaged, we are pretty sure that this is the 2020 Honda Urban EV. How come? Well, the prototype mirrors the concept in total. Okay, there are certain differences like rear doors on the production model and new taillight graphics. Of course, all doors are front-hinged, so don’t expect to see concept’s suicide treatment. In case you don’t see the rear-door handles, just take a good look at the lower end of the C-pillar and you will notice that the compact hatchback hides integrated handles.
Also, the production-ready cabin is going to have five seating positions, which was not the case so far. No, the Urban EV concept had a fancy four-seat layout. The 2020 Honda Urban EV keeps concept’s round LED headlights, though. Still, that’s not too odd at all, because they are the most striking details on the car. On the other hand, we haven’t expected rearview cameras, but they are still here. It’s still unclear what’s happening inside of the car, yet we’ve managed to notice that the 2020 Urban EV is going to keep its big screen. The rearview mirror is all-digital, and that’s pretty much everything we know about the cabin so far.
Since it rides on a new dedicated electric platform, the 2020 Honda Urban will definitely be an EV. Model’s technical specifications are still unclear, but the latest reports suggest that the compact hatchback is going to be able to travel up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) on a single charge.
Honda will start taking orders for its super-small electric car early next year. Still, this applies to Europe only. The 2020 Honda Urban EV will also be available home in Japan, but not before 2020. The automaker hasn’t revealed is there any chance to see the new car anywhere in America.