Honda SUV e:prototype is an electric HR-V that would be launched in 2022

CY Foong · Apr 20, 2021 11:00 AM

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Back in September 2020, Honda unveiled the SUV e:concept at Auto China 2020 in Beijing. We think it looks like an electric successor to the original Honda HR-V with its coupe-like design.

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The SUV e:concept at Beijing's Auto China 2020

Well, our prediction is almost true with the unveiling of the SUV e:prototype at Auto Shanghai 2021 because it looks a little bit like the all-new Honda HR-V that was unveiled in Japan as the Vezel.

Also read: The all-new 2021 Honda HR-V is pretty, but might skip Malaysia

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As a matter of fact, some in the Chinese media are quick to point out that this concept could very well be the electric HR-V that will be Honda’s first EV model when it goes on sale in 2022. This is part of the Japanese carmaker’s plan to introduce 10 Honda-brand EV models in China within the next five years.

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The overall resemblance to the all-new HR-V is certainly uncanny, down to the sleek coupe profile. At the front, Honda removed the Mazda-esque grille completely as this is supposed to be an electric SUV.

In its place is a cleaner fascia that might hold the charging port underneath with the ‘lambang H’ illuminated in the middle.

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Elsewhere on the front, the headlamps receive a bolder and angrier style with distinct U-shaped lights and stretched upper light bars that resemble eyebrows.

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If you think this whole HR-V resemblance is mere coincidence, well, maybe the rear would make you think otherwise. Apart from the illuminated H in the centre of the rear tailgate, everything is similar to the regular HR-V.

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The front door handles and wing mirrors might not make it to production

Honda is still keeping the performance figures and other mechanical details to itself for now but according to the press blurb, the prototype features the third-generation of Honda Connect that offers advanced functions including smartphone link, a highly sophisticated voice-recognition interface, and over-the-air (OTA) updates.

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Meanwhile, the all-new HR-V is currently only sold in Japan with two powertrains; a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine and a petrol-electric e:HEV hybrid unit shared with the Honda City RS.

Also read: 10 months waiting list, 2021 Honda HR-V’s is more luxurious than a Harrier, really?

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Ciimo M-NV (top) and Everus VE-1 (bottom)

Honda has offered electric versions of the outgoing HR-V in China where it is badged as a Ciimo (under a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor) or an Everus (under a joint venture with GAC Group). Hence, would this concept preview Honda's first proper electric SUV not just for China, but for the rest of the world too?

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