In April, Honda unveiled the SUV E:Prototype at Auto Shanghai to sign an electrical third-generation HR-V. Fast ahead to October, revealing photos of the manufacturing mannequin have been printed by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. As beforehand reported, all vehicles offered within the People’s Republic undergo a homologation course of, and in some instances, the photographs are launched on the MIIT website earlier than the car’s official debut.
Such is the case with the zero-emissions HR-V, which paradoxically, is at the moment being teased on Honda’s regional web site in China the place there is a countdown till the native premiere later immediately. It’s price noting the crossover is offered on the planet’s most populous nation by way of the agency’s two joint ventures because the XR-V and Vezel, with the latter title being utilized in Japan as nicely.
The HR-V has really spawned EV variations earlier than in China, from each joint ventures, however that is the brand new one primarily based on the crossover’s newest era. It appears a tad completely different than the common hybrid mannequin because it includes a largely closed-off entrance grille with the charging port behind the Honda brand. A product of Dongfeng Honda, it seems to go by the title of e:NS1 judging by the badge on the suitable facet of the tailgate. The clear taillights and “HONDA” lettering as an alternative of the badge additionally separate it from the usual mannequin.
According to the documentation supplied on the MIIT web site, the Honda e:NS1 options an electrical motor producing 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts), sufficient for a prime pace of 93 mph (150 km/h). It will get the required juice from a 68.8-kWh battery pack in a car that rides on 18-inch wheels and weighs a slightly substantial 4,647 kilos (2,108 kilograms).
We would not maintain our breath to see the electrical HR-V elsewhere because it’s possible going to be a China-only affair. As a last be aware, the US might be getting a separate model of the crossover, completely different from what Honda is promoting globally.