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Honda HR-V electric SUV could head to the UK – Report

The Honda SUV e: prototype, which debuted at Auto Shanghai 2021, will evolve into a production model, possibly a Honda HR-V electric SUV. Whatever the name be, the compact EV could arrive in the UK as aKia e-Niro rival.

Jean-Marc Streng, President and Managing Director, Honda UK, has revealed to Auto Express that the second Honda EV in the UK will arrive in 2023. The British publication claims to have some knowledge of the secret model and says that it is likely to be a crossover, similar to the SUV concept mentioned, and carries an illustration of the same in the scoop story.

Honda e platform
Honda’s second EV in the UK will reportedly be an SUV, but a model based on the Honda e’s RWD platform (pictured). Image Source: Honda

Honda’s engineering boss had previously told Auto Express that the next Honda EV will be a compact SUV based on the mini car Honda e’s platform. If that’s true, it might not be the HR-V’s electric variant because the Honda e sits on an RWD platform, while HR-V is an FWD vehicle.

Design

The Honda SUV e: prototype indicates the direction of the mass-production model of Honda’s first EV for China, which is to release in Spring 2022. The production model is likely to debut by December this year, and provisional competitors include the MG ZS EV (MG eZS), Kia e-Niro, and the Hyundai Kona EV.

2022 Honda HR-V electric rendition
While Honda is months away from unveiling the road-ready model, ElectricVehicleWeb has rendered the final product based on the concept car and the SUV’s design language.

The rendered Honda HR-V electric SUV has minimal changes. We expect the bumpers to be slightly more expressive and realistic on the production version, and the pop-up style door handles to be replaced by pull-type units. Designers should replace the LED headlights and LED fog lights with energy-saving units and add a little visual drama. The regular mirrors may not be as aerodynamic as the slim units of the concept, but they are practical. Regular ORVMs, unlike digital mirrors, don’t consume energy, cost less, and meet regulations widely. The special tyres should reduce rolling resistance.