Interestingly, it also does not feel as fresh as the latter because many design traits simply remind us of the second-gen Japanese Vezel/third-gen international HR-V subcompact crossover SUVs, especially at the rear. Also, it feels eerily identical to the Chinese-made e:NS1 electric model, right? Oh well, Honda counters that impression with a decidedly compact CUV that allegedly "offers trademark Honda dynamics, responsive driving, and premium levels of ride comfort." It is also based on the all-new e:N Architecture F platform and will arrive in Europe with a "human-centered development philosophy," although they don't say precisely when that will happen.
The "bold and sophisticated exterior aesthetic" is said to premiere an all-new electric identity for Honda, and the interior features many tech perks like wireless charging or a massive 15.1-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system. The e:N Architecture F is actually a pretty traditional "front-motor-driven platform" that focuses on a trio of "fundamental attributes: a dedicated high rigidity body structure, a low center of gravity, and carefully managed under-floor aerodynamics to ensure the SUV delivers a fun and confidence-inspiring drive."
As for technical details, there is a "lightweight three-in-one integrated power drive unit, electric motor, and gearbox," packing a total output of 150 kW (201 hp) and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft). No performance specifications are available just yet, aside from the WLTP rating for the maximum range provided by the 68.8 kWh battery – 412 km or 256 miles. Naturally, there's DC fast charging capability onboard, with Honda claiming a 10 to 80% SoC (state-of-charge) top-up at 100 kW will take just 45 minutes.
"The e:Ny1 is the logical next step on our electrification journey in Europe," explains Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President at Honda Motor Europe Ltd. "Our development philosophy blends intelligent, customer-centric technology with beautiful design and fun-to-drive dynamics. This latest SUV exemplifies Honda's commitment to electrification and is the latest step on Honda's electrification journey." Unfortunately, we do not know anything yet about the pricing details - those might be crucial to gauge its potential success, frankly.