Honda had a lot in store for those who went to the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Apart from introducing the first-ever CR-V PHEV, the automaker's centerpiece for the event is this two-door SUV. Called the SUV e: concept, it will spawn Honda's second mass-produced model electric vehicle after the e hatchback. More importantly, the production model will be the first EV Honda plans to introduce in China.
At the moment, there are not a lot of details about the SUV e:concept just yet. But, it does give us an idea as to what the production will look like. Upfront, the design is a futuristic take of Honda's current design language.
There are slim LED headlights which are connected by a thin piece of LED. Despite being an EV, it does have an aggressive front bumper with large air intakes. Interestingly, the rear looks nearly identical to the front end but with red LED taillights. The shape of the rear bumper is very similar to the front minus the red reflectors. A black roof and black fender molding run the length of the wheel arches.
What piqued our interest is that the SUV e:concept only has two-doors, just like the e hatchback. With that in mind, it doesn't make for a perfect SUV since it's not the most practical, to begin with. Whether Honda will change that in the future we will have to wait and see. For now, there are no interior photos were provided, so we will have to wait to know more about the electric SUV.
If you're not too keen on the design, then maybe Honda can win you over with tech. The electric SUV will feature next-generation Honda Sensing, dubbed as omnidirectional ADAS (advanced driver-assistive systems). Some features of Honda's new safety tech include proven recognition, prediction, and decision-making performance. This was made possible by using a wider front angle camera and 360-degree radar, allowing the car to “see” in multiple directions.
Honda says the omnidirectional ADAS will hopefully reduce the number of traffic accidents and keep drivers safe. A demonstration will be made in China later this year.
For now, there is no word as to when the production version of the SUV e:concept will debut. Considering how the e concept looks very much like the production model it spawned, expect this to be more or less the final design of Honda's next EV.