Honda has unveiled three new electric SUV concepts at the Shanghai Auto Show, previewing the Japanese automaker’s future EV portfolio. The three SUV concepts, namely the e:N SUV Concept, e:NP2 Prototype and e:NS2 Prototype, are scheduled to be launched next year. The automaker said it will launch the three SUVs first in the Chinese market, one of the world’s leading markets for electric vehicles.
Of the three electric SUV concepts, two are pre-production prototypes and one is a concept. The Honda e:NP2 Prototype and Honda e:NS2 Prototype claim to be accurate representations of the two mass-produced electric SUVs that will be launched in China early next year as the second wave of EV models from the auto major’s e:N series . As for the e:N SUV, it heralds the arrival of the third wave of e:N series electric vehicles before the end of 2024.
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Honda claims the launch of these new EVs in 2024 will support the automaker’s goal of launching 10 EVs under its core brand in China by 2027 and making EVs account for 30% of its car sales in China by 2035. 100%. The automaker also claims that the upcoming electric SUV will bring new value to the brand’s customers through enhanced power, technology and style.
The automaker further claims that these EVs will offer a unique driving experience, allowing the driver to enjoy the feeling of being one with the vehicle. The interiors of these EVs claim to convey intelligence through clean, uncluttered yet pleasingly rounded shapes and advanced features like Honda Connect 4.0.
When it comes to the designs of upcoming Honda EVs, all of them take the body style of an SUV and combine it with the sleek styling of a sedan, the automaker claims. Both the Honda e:NP2 Prototype and the Honda e:NS2 Prototype feature a sloping roofline and a fastback-like treatment at the rear.
If we consider the Honda e:NS1 and e:NP1, the e:NP2 and e:NS2 are essentially the same car. However, unlike the small EV based on the Honda HR-V, these new EVs feature unique design details, more specifically, different front and rear profiles. However, the rest of the body is the same. The car brand has not revealed any specifications or dimensions of any models unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show.
First published date: April 19, 2023 at 11:37 am IST