Honda has been credited with delivering an unlikely star of the Frankfurt Motor Show, with its 1970s and 1980s-inspired Urban EV city car.
Following similar announcements by Volvo and Jaguar, Honda said that every car it sells in Europe from 2025 will have an electric or hybrid option in the range.
And one of those cars will be this charming little offering that has been revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt show to widespread plaudits.
It’s called the Urban EV and will be going into production in 2019, the Japanese car maker confirmed.
For now, the Urban EV and is only a concept. However, there will be a production version on sale sooner than many of the other electric concepts showcased at the same event. A production version of this car will be ready in 2019.
Of all the cars launched at the major European automotive event, this is one of the standout vehicles, receiving praise for its adorable looks and retro styling cues.
Inside, the cabin has a minimalist layout with all the functionality held in an interactive screen spanning across the entirety of the dashboard.
The whole of the cabin is finished in natural fabrics and wood panels while the steering wheel is an abstract square shape without spokes.
There’s enough seats for four people and the pair of rear-hinged doors make it easier for back-seat occupants to enter and exit the diminutive city vehicle.
In true concept fashion, Honda has also moved away from some conventional requirements. In this case that means no door mirrors, replacing them with cameras linked to the wide-screen display in the cockpit.
If the production car looks anything like the concept, it should be a real hit.