Honda e:Ny1 Is a Classy Electric Compact SUV for Europe
The Honda e:Ny1 revealed today is an electric SUV that will soon go on sale in Europe.
The e:Ny1 appears to be related to the European-market HR-V, with a clean, stylish exterior design and a new interior with a 15.1-inch touchscreen.
The 201-hp motor powers the front wheels, and Honda says the e:Ny1 will go 256 miles on a charge on Europe's WLTP test cycle.
Honda's first dedicated electric vehicle for the United States, the Prologue SUV, doesn't arrive until 2024, but over in Europe the brand has just revealed its second EV. The Honda e:Ny1 follows the adorable Honda e hatchback, but swaps the retro styling for a more modern, clean look. The e:Ny1 is closely related to the e:NS1 and e:NP1 SUVs sold in China; the e:NS1 is sold by Honda's joint venture with Dongfeng while the e:NP1 is sold via Honda's partnership with GAC.
The e:Ny1's exterior design is clearly based on the European-market Honda HR-V, a smaller but more stylish SUV than the HR-V sold in the U.S. The grille is blanked-off and the front bumper has also been simplified, likely to improve the e:Ny1's aerodynamics. The crossover wears white Honda badges to indicate its electric powertrain, a new branding move by Honda
The cabin, however, is significantly different than that of the HR-V. The redesigned dashboard is dominated by a massive 15.1-inch vertically oriented touchscreen which controls nearly every function, and the digital gauge cluster is also revised into a simpler rectangular shape. Ambient lighting lines the doors, and Honda says the electric powertrain's integrated drive unit, electric motor, and gearbox allows for efficient packaging, bringing added interior space.
That electric motor sends 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels, enough shove to be competitive in the European market. The 68.8-kWh lithium-ion battery provides 256 miles of range on Europe's more lenient WLTP test cycle, and Honda says the DC fast-charge capability will boost the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 45 minutes.
The e:Ny1 is not expected to make it stateside, with Honda instead working closely with General Motors on its American-market EVs. The Prologue and its Acura counterpart, the ZDX, will ride on GM's Ultium platform. Honda is also partnering with Sony on a new EV brand called Afeela that will launch in 2026. Over in Europe, Honda hopes to find more success with the e:Ny1 after disappointing sales for the Honda e in its first two years on the market.
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