Honda has showcased the new e:Ny1 prototype SUV, which will first go on sale in North America and Europe.
The e:Ny1 seems to be a derivative of the Honda e:Ns1 and e:Np1 electric SUVs that will go on sale in China in the near future.
The new Honda e:Ny1 SUV is the third model in the e:N series of SUVs, with the first two shown in China last year.
Honda says the new e:Ny1 SUV will sit on the freshly developed e:N Architecture F platform, which the company says has been created for the new model.
However, for economies of scale, the platform is likely to be used in a number of future models.
Honda’s new range of electric vehicles that were earlier expected to be China-only, will now be seen in more markets globally.
The 'e' in the name references the firm's e:Technology brand, while 'N' stands for now and next, and represents "new value creation for the next-generation of mobility".
The first two e:N models, the e:Ns1 and e:Np1, are sibling cars based on the new HR-V and will be offered
The third one, called the e:Ny1, is expected to go on sale a little later in markets like Europe and North America, among others.
The production models have five rather than three doors and the links to the HR-V are more pronounced, despite the blanked-off fascia for the electric car.
Apart from the e: series of SUVs, Honda had earlier also shown the e:N Coupé, e:N SUV and e:N GT, which it plans to use as the basis for production cars in the next five years.
These machines show more aggressive and bold electric-only styling than the e:NS1 and e:NP1.
Back here in India, Honda is gearing up to launch the City Hybrid sometime in the coming months, which could very become India’s most fuel-efficient petrol car.
Following that, the company is also developing an India-focused midsize SUV, which is expected to be launched in our market in 2023.