Honda has released its roster for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, with a new electric concept taking centre stage.
Celebrating its world premiere, the Sports EV Concept is a striking sports car concept that’s meant to complement any lifestyle. With soft body contours and generic modern styling, the sporty EV was designed to deliver joy and emotional appeal in just looking at the vehicle, even before the drive commences.
Honda has not released any information about the new concept, outside of what can be gleaned from the non-descript sketch released with the announcement about the Tokyo line-up. It shows a fastback design with a contained rear window, leading us to believe it will be a coupe design (rather than the hatchback bodystyles usually favoured by Honda designers.
The compact 2-door coupe combines an electric powertrain with AI technology, and is the spiritual twin of the Urban EV Concept introduced earlier this month in Frankfurt, and making its Japanese debut in Tokyo.
The Urban EV is based on a newly developed EV platform and like its coupe twin features simple body-panel work and compact proportions. The small footprint and large cabin make it ideal for city driving. Unlike other EVs which display EV statuses inside, the Urban EV also does it on the grille, in addition to greetings to passers-by and other road users (languages can be programmed, much in the same way that most vehicles’ instrument panel displays can be configured. Honda has committed the concept to production for 2019 (announced for Europe, so far).
A third concept, the NeuV, was introduced at this past January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s also an electric vehicle, but is rich in autonomous vehicle technology. It marked the debut of the Honda Automated Network Assistant — the artificial intelligence module that features prominent in the Sports and Urban EC concepts, and learns from driver behaviour to plan out routes and travel times, as well as suggesting new routes and activities the driver might enjoy. The AI technology also monitors the required driver to make sure he/she is still alert enough to take control of the vehicle when needed.
The last Japanese debut is for the all-new CR-V Hybrid, which recently had its world debut in Europe. The fifth generation compact SUV features the latest iteration of Honda’s 2-motor hybrid technology, Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD).
And turning slightly away from the future for a spell, Honda is also celebrating 60 years of motorcycle manufacturing, in particular the Honda Super Cub’s 1-million production milestone, with a comprehensive display of the legendary scooter over the years. And Honda is also promising to give a glimpse into the Super Cub’s future. Prominent participants will be an anniversary model of the Super Cub 110, and a new Super Cub 125C model.