Honda has revealed yet another razor-edged electric vehicle concept in China, riding a new architecture in development.
The e:N2 is referred to as both an SUV and a “new genre” vehicle, and bears a close resemblance to the e:N GT, e:N Coupe and e:N SUV concepts revealed late last year.
Like those vehicles, it features exaggerated, angular daytime running lights up front, razor-sharp fenders, crisp sides and almost tail-fin-like lighting at the rear.
There are also neat details like an illuminated Honda wordmark at the rear, while overall it has a unique liftback-like shape.
The inside is perhaps the most fanciful element, clearly revealing this as a concept and not something production-ready. The cabin is completely unadorned, with the centre screen hidden – the display appears to peek through the dashboard.
While Honda released a trio of teaser videos of the e:N2 concept, technical details are scant other than it’ll use the e:N Architecture F.
This dedicated architecture has been designed to “achieve unique driving pleasure, enabling the driver to enjoy a strong ‘sense of unity with the vehicle’”.
No specifics about the drivetrains or battery packs have been announced yet for any of the e:N concepts.
Honda hasn’t said when a production version will be introduced, but last year said it planned to introduce the initial three e:N concepts “within the next five years” – part of 10 EVs in total for China in that time – and they’ll be built at two new factories coming online from 2024.
“The e:N2 Concept represents the value of our e:N Series, which will ‘redefine the fun EVs can offer to customers’ with their unique driving pleasure, the value as a mobility space and design,” said Honda president Toshihiro Mibe.
“In China, Honda will continue delivering a broad range of electrified mobility products unique only to Honda and experience our rebirth into an electric mobility brand.”
The company is also referring to the underpinnings of the new e:NS1 and e:NP1 SUVs for China as being e:N Architecture F.
Closely resembling the HR-V, these are produced for China by Dongfeng Honda and GAC Honda, respectively. The two front-wheel drive models went on sale earlier this year.
Standard Range models produce 134kW of power and 310Nm of torque and use a 53.6kWh battery, while Extended Range models produce 150kW and 310Nm and use a 68.8kWh battery.
Range is 420km or 510km, respectively, albeit on the lenient CLTC cycle.
Honda says it won’t introduce any new combustion-powered vehicles to China after 2030, while globally the company says it will only sell pure electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles from 2040 onwards.
It’s tackling this goal from a few angles.
For North America, it’s partnering with General Motors to introduce a pair of electric SUVs – one called the Honda Prologue, the other the Acura ZDX – that use GM’s Ultium underpinnings and will be built at GM facilities.
Beyond the Prologue and the ZDX, Honda will launch a “new series of affordable EVs co-developed with GM” starting in 2027.
Honda has also established a joint venture with Sony to build an electric vehicle in the US from 2025.
The first cars from Sony Honda Mobility will reach US driveways in 2026, and the EV will also be exported to Japan.
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