The coolest car in Frankfurt is this tiny 2019 Honda Urban EV

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 by

has stolen the hearts of Frankfurt show goers with this new neo-retro Urban EV zero-emissions compact heading to production in

Honda Urban EV Concept 2019

Believe it, Honda may be getting back on the tracks set by enthusiast and founder Soichiro Honda who led his company upholding the values of great engineering.

More recently the Japanese giant has gone through an engineering slump, led by ill fitting money men like Takanobu Ito who focussed on cost savings and disregarded the company’s ethos — Honda’s CEO was always traditionally an engineer.

Honda Urban EV Concept 2019Now that Takahiro Hachigo (an engineer who’s spent his whole professional life with Honda since 1982) is at the helm we can put the company’s product slump behind us. The new Civic Type R and the Honda NSX hybrid supercar were just tasters. A design revolution is next.

At the Honda has today revealed a new all-electric concept that the company claims gives us a clear preview of an upcoming production model scheduled for a 2019 launch.

The brilliantly designed Urban EV concept pays obvious homage to the original first-generation 1972 Civic, and introduces future styling cues which will be incorporated in upcoming Honda cars. With low, wide proportions and a compact body sitting 100mm shorter than something like a Jazz, there are hints of Honda’s glory days in the Urban EV when its engineering was the envy of American and German brands.

Honda Urban EV Concept 2019

Interesting to note are the ultra-slim A-pillars, the polar opposite of today’s bulging designs, and a wide sweeping windscreen that envelops the entire front of the car. Getting in an out is also a bit of an event, because the Urban EV concept features rear-hinged oh-so-cool suicide doors.

Inside, there’s seating for four, with fabric seats and wood trim wrapping the dashboard and panoramic display.

Honda Urban EV Concept 2019

Built on a completely new platform, the Urban EV concept will be running around in production form within two years and we have high hopes the design stays largely intact.

And going by Hachigo’s words in Frankfurt we have reason to remain positive: “This is not some vision of the distant future, he said. “A production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019…”

And let’s hope further beyond Europe, too.

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