By Steve & Tamami Laser
Honda is preparing to expand its lineup of electrified models in various markets across the globe. The automaker held the world premiere of its new SUV e:concept during the media preview of the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2020) on Sept. 26.
Katsushi Inoue (above) Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Chief Officer, Regional Operations (China), revealed the new, dramatically styled SUV e:concept. Honda says that the concept indicates the direction of a future mass-production model of the Honda brand’s first electric vehicle (EV) to be introduced in China.
We like the look of the SUV e:concept, with its sporty, coupe-like silhouette, long hood and doors, and big wheels. Honda says that it’s striving to develop a mass-production EV which will offer value based on mobility experiences that are “fresh and fun” for customers.
The SUV e: concept looks like a two door, which offers a better view of the interior for show-goers. However, we expect it to add a couple of extra doors for greater appeal before it reaches the showroom.
Honda says the production EV will be equipped with “Omnidirectional ADAS, the next-generation Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive system with improved recognition, predication, and decision-making performance, as well as the next-generation Honda Connect, which features an AI assistant interface, smartphone link and wireless updates made possible by advanced connectivity.”
Omnidirectional ADAS is said to feature a widened front camera angle, plus the adoption of 360-degree radar, designed to detect the vehicle peripheral environment more accurately. Honda plans to start demonstration testing of O-ADAS in China before the end of the year.
In separate EV news, earlier this year, General Motors and Honda announced a plan to jointly develop two all-new electric vehicles for Honda, based on GM’s flexible global EV platform. Powered by Ultium batteries, sales are expected to start in the 2024 model year in the U.S. We don’t think that Honda’s new SUV e:concept is related to the GM-Honda venture, or that it provides many visual cues for the styling direction of those future models.
Note: The Honda SUV e:concept shown in this story is a concept vehicle and is not for sale
News source and photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor (China) Co., Ltd.
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