Another interesting car that made its debut at the 2020 Guangzhou Auto Show is the Honda M-NV. The small SUV is powered by a 61.3 kWh lithium-ion battery that sends energy to the front motor. Power output reads 163 PS and 280 Nm while the top speed is recorded at 140 km/h. Honda claims the little SUV has a distance range of 480 km, which is one of the longest ranges in electric vehicle (EV) record.
If you’re wondering if we have made a mistake calling it a Honda, we didn’t. The Honda M-NV will be sold in China under the Ciimo brand, a sub-brand of Dongfeng Honda aimed at first time car buyers. Hence why the M-NV doesn’t bear the Honda logo on its bonnet.
The M-NV is built on the Honda HR-V platform and measures 4,324 x 1,785 x 1,637 mm in length, width, and height while its wheelbase is set at 2,610 mm.
It is a tad bit shorter and narrower than the Honda HR-V sold in Malaysia but these differences are due to the different bumpers installed.
LED headlamps light the way for the M-NV, designers have connected all its lighting designs with a chrome insert giving the car a slightly amphibious look. The rear end, however, reminds us strongly of a Toyota Harrier thanks to a piano-black bar connecting the tail lamps.
Look at the M-NV from the side and you will easily mistake the smaller SUV as an HR-V. Other than the tail lamp design, it is difficult to tell both SUVs apart.
Head inside and you will be greeted by a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster and a large infotainment touchscreen. Again, Honda has done what they can to give the car a modern look with the use of chrome accents around the uniquely shaped air-conditioning vents.
As you can see, the M-NV doesn’t have a gearshift. Instead, drive modes are selected via a push-button shift-by-wire system.
If you haven’t guessed it, the Honda M-NV is a China-only model. In other parts of the world, Honda is focussed on introducing the Honda e as an EV alternative to a combustion engine car.