Honda shows Urban EV prototype dashboard and profile
17 February 2019 - Autoblog
A production prototype of the cute electric car will be shown at Geneva
Honda has announced that a prototype of the Urban EV's production version is coming to Geneva. Now, Honda released this teaser photo of the prototype's dashboard, showing a full-width display with screens for the mirror cameras on both ends.
As well as showing the dashboard and its wood trim, the image contains a car icon that shows how the exterior will look. Just as in the earlier spy shots, it's obvious the EV is now a five-door, with short rear doors crafted behind the longer front doors. Some of the original, retro-inspired concept's minimalistic cuteness has been lost in translation to a more production-viable form, and it looks like any "suicide" doors are now gone. The rear door doesn't show any place for a handle, so unless they have been dropped from the icon for looks' sake, the handles will have been fitted in the black triangle in the corner of the glass.
The clamshell hood is still present, as can be seen from the shutline, and the charging door port is mounted directly on the hood, above the fascia. An NSX-style contrasting black roof appears to be stock.
Otherwise, for a prototype the interior shot looks remarkably production ready, with all the buttons and surfaces appearing straight from a production assembly line, as does the display menu. While the upcoming Geneva car is referred to as a prototype, the finished EV is likely not to be far from it, as production is said to begin mid-2019. No range is shown on the dash, but the EV has been estimated to reach 150-180 miles on a single charge. When the drapes come off the Geneva proto, we might know more.