Honda unveils production-spec e:Ny1 Electric SUV: Report

Honda has officially unveiled the production version of its first electric SUV, the e:Ny1, which is set to hit the European and international markets. Positioned as Honda’s entry into the rapidly growing all-electric SUV segment, the e:Ny1 will compete against popular models like the Volkswagen ID4 and the Jeep Avenger EV. Previously showcased as a prototype in 2022, this electric SUV is one of Honda’s three significant SUV launches planned for this year.

While the e:Ny1 shares many design elements with the HR-V, it features distinctive visual cues to set it apart as an electric vehicle. Notable design elements include a blanked-out grille, modified front and rear bumpers, unique wheels, and slim LED tail lamps connected by a light strip. Inside the cabin, the e:Ny1 distinguishes itself from the HR-V with a prominent 15.1-inch vertically-oriented central infotainment touchscreen, reminiscent of models like the Ford Explorer and Tesla Model Y. Physical buttons and switchgear, characteristic of Honda, are still present, including a console-mounted cluster for convenient access to essential vehicle functions.

The e:Ny1 represents Honda’s strategy to capture a significant share of the global family electric vehicle market. Although it bears a resemblance to the HR-V crossover launched in 2021, the e:Ny1 features a completely new interior and platform and will be marketed as a distinct model. Built on Honda’s new e:N Architecture F, a front-wheel-drive electric platform, the e:Ny1 promises dynamic performance, exceptional comfort, and the refinement expected from Honda’s latest EV offerings.

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The vehicle’s body incorporates high-tensile steel for improved torsional rigidity, while its low center of gravity and optimized aerodynamics contribute to enhanced handling. Powering the e:Ny1 is a single motor on the front axle, delivering 199hp and 310Nm of torque, allowing for an estimated 0-100kph acceleration time of around 8.0 seconds. With a 68.8kWh battery pack, the e:Ny1 achieves a competitive range of approximately 412km on the WLTP cycle, rivaling other electric SUVs and nearly doubling the range of the E supermini. Although specific charging details are yet to be disclosed, Honda claims that a 10-80 percent charge can be achieved in just 45 minutes using a fast charger.

Honda’s new range of electric vehicles, previously intended for the Chinese market only, will now have a broader global presence. The forthcoming electric SUVs will be part of Honda’s e:N Series branding, with the ‘e’ referencing the company’s e:Technology brand and ‘N’ symbolizing innovation and the creation of new value for the future of mobility.

In addition to the e:Ny1, Honda had previously showcased the e:N Coupé, e:N SUV, and e:N GT as concept vehicles, which are expected to serve as the foundation for upcoming production models over the next five years. These concept cars feature a more aggressive and bold electric design language.