The design incorporates a vintage minimalist aesthetic feel, fused with the latest high-tech screens – five in total. The mixture of timber and plastic trims with a two-spoke steering wheel appears as a slight homage to the first-generation Honda Civic.
Though likely only coming on the top-grade variant, the Urban EV’s three central screens (two for the infotainment and car settings, one for the driver’s display) are flanked by two extra monitors which replace the side mirrors. Clicking a button on the stalk engages surround view monitoring.
The new software system appears to be an evolution of the current tiled layout, with options shown for the usual phone pairing connectivity, a personal assistant, pre-schedule climate control and electric charging. A closer inspection of the charging screen shows our first glimpse of what the production car will look like, sporting a similar smooth body to the concept rendering but as a five rather than three-door hatchback. The charging port sits is under a flap on the car’s nose.
Inspecting lower on the interior centre console image with some added brightness reveals up to three 230volt plugs, one of which is capable of supplying a staggering 1500w – enough to power a home heater. There are also buttons for semi-autonomous driving aids, a heated steering wheel and the usual climate control and audio settings.
A production version of the Honda Urban EV will make its debut this year after the prototype sits on stage at the Swiss show but before the compact electric car goes on sale in Europe later this year.