Honda has been slow to get on the EV train, dipping a toe in with models like the adorable (but forbidden) Honda e and the underwhelming Clarity Electric. Honda’s longer and more extensive experience with hybrid vehicles has been a winning strategy for the company, but the time is coming where it’ll need pure EVs to compete with other automakers. That’s why Honda, late to the game, appears to be exploring several strategies. One is a deal with General Motors to build the Prologue (and an upcoming Acura model) on an Ultium chassis. The other is this: the awkwardly-named e:Ny1 electric SUV, which Honda promises will beat the Prologue to market with a 2023 debut.
What’s In a Name?
If you were rolling your eyes at the strangely capitalized Toyota bZ4X, the even more convoluted e:Ny1 will make you faint. Thankfully, the vehicle itself is much more conventional than its name, looking very much like a reworked European-market 2022 HR-V, which is a hybrid. That is a vehicle we’re expressly not getting in the States, so it’s an open question as to whether Honda would bring an EV version of this chassis here but not its internal-combustion counterpart.
Put On a Tough Face
Where the HR-V’s frameless grille looks cheeky and sleek, the e:Ny1 (which it should be noted, is a “prototype”—which doesn’t mean much these days, as it sure seems production-ready from these renders) has a more purposeful, grille-less visage. The front bumper shape actually resembles the current CR-V, which is due for a replacement.
The rear, meanwhile, looks exactly like the HR-V, save “HONDA” spelled out on the rear rather than an “H” badge interrupting the rear light bar. The hatch and its little hoodlike spoiler looks identical to the HR-V.
What Else Do We Know?
Not much officially, although the heavy HR-V connection doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Honda says it’ll arrive in 2023 and is a B-Segment vehicle (just like the HR-V). Honda also says it’ll anchor its lineup, presumably in Europe, where the automaker will go electrified-only by the end of this year. It has not been confirmed for the U.S. although if we get an update on that either way, we’ll update this article.
It also seems like this vehicle might make it to China, as it strongly resembles the e:Prototype that debuted back in April of last year. It is a preview of a vehicle that Honda has confirmed will be its first EV SUV sold in China, the first of 10 EV models coming to that market.
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