Remember the e Prototype Honda introduced earlier this year? Well, it seems the transformation from prototype to road-going production model is complete. The Japanese automaker has now revealed the final, production-ready version of the e, and it looks exactly the same as the prototype.
This probably shouldn't come as a surprise. Honda's prototype models often end up showing the vehicle's final design. Just take a look at the Civic Type R prototype and the production model for example. That said, the Honda e continues to have the same boxy-retro styling shown in prototype form. It is also finished in a two-tone paint color scheme with black accents all around.
Upfront, there's still the large round headlights flanking the ventless grill. It's the same story at the rear featuring the same design albeit with taillights instead. Honda has also kept the camera mirror design rather than using a traditional pair of side mirrors in order to make the e more aerodynamic. Probably the only noticeable change would be the front and rear 'H' emblems don't light up.
Inside it's the same story. It features a modern cockpit with a full-width digital dashboard lined with a blend of wood and leather, same as the prototype. Situated in front of the driver and front passenger are two 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens that stretch across the dashboard. These act as the primary infotainment display, as well as a gauge cluster showing useful driving information together with navigation and music.
To make drives easier, the production model e will come with a host of new connected services including Honda Personal Assistant. The automaker claims that the system's smart AI can understand natural command languages. Meanwhile, the My Honda+ smartphone app allows drivers to monitor their vehicle's status including charge, location, and security.
Powering the Honda e is a water-cooled 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack which delivers around 220km of driving range from just a single charge. A fast-charging capability allows the battery to be recharged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. A single electric motor drives both the wheels and produces either 136 PS or 154 PS depending on the tune, along with 315 Nm torque.
At the moment, Honda has not yet released a price for its new electric hatchback. Interested customers in Europe can now make a reservation though. The production-model Honda e will make its production debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.