This is the Honda e: Ny1 prototype – a preview of a new car coming next year that Honda says will be at the center of its future line-up, highlighting the important role the production version will play in the brand’s electrification strategy.
To that end, the e: Ny1 prototype is fully electric and will be Honda’s second full EV in Europe, offering more space, versatility and possibly no-range than the Honda e Supermini. It will be paired with a brand new hybrid C-segment SUV to fit between the HR-V and the CR-V.
“Coming to market in 2023, the future product of this new B-segment SUV EV Honda will be at the center of the line-up,” said Katsuhisa Okuda, President of Honda Europe. “Honda is known for offering a unique blend of mobility, technology and design, making this car a great option for families looking for their first EV.”
The brand has released pictures of the prototype car, suggesting that, according to the forecast, it is a European-market specification version of the E: NP1 and E: NS1 SUV that have been released for the Chinese market. The styling is based on the SUV e: concept and current generation HR-V published by Honda in 2020. The car occupies the B-segment – so consider it a new competitor to the likes of Vauxhall Mokka-e and Hyundai Kona Electric.
No technical basis for the new car has been revealed, but Honda’s superiors have previously explained to Auto Express that the new car will be based on an adapted version of the Honda e platform, extending to include a larger battery for a wider range.
And that’s exactly what the Chinese market specification version of E: Ny1 says. The Chinese-made E: NS1 and E: NP1 use Honda E: N Architecture F chassis, an electric platform designed for compact EVs with front-wheel-drive electric powertrains. A 68.8kWh battery is claimed with a range of up to 311 miles on a single charge, although this is in line with Chinese market standards.
It is not known at this stage whether this will be the case with the e: Ny1, but we can almost certainly expect a better range from the Honda e supermini.
No internal shots were released, but Chinese-market cars use a large, 15-inch portrait central display on the dashboard as the vehicle’s internal control hub.
More about the e: Ny1 prototype will be revealed in the coming months.
Read our review of Honda E here …