Remember ? It was a charming little retro concept car that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and just about everybody who saw it swooned. Honda promised it was headed for production, and today, ahead of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, we get a glimpse at this: The Honda E Prototype, which sure looks a lot like a production version of the concept that stole our hearts.
Honda says the E Prototype "previews" a production model that has evolved from the 2017 concept car. This vehicle definitely looks like a more production-friendly version of the design, with more realistic proportions that still manage to capture the concept's charm. It's a simple, smooth style—retro without being kitschy—and we really dig it.
But don't let the unadorned aesthetic fool you. This promises to be a thoroughly modern machine. Honda says this is its first compact vehicle built on a dedicated EV platform, with a single-motor rear-drive layout and wheels pushed out to the corners of the car's footprint. Full technical specs haven't been offered yet, but Honda says the E Prototype delivers a range of more than 124 miles and fast-charge capability, adding 80-percent battery charge in just 30 minutes.
Inside, the dashboard manages to be high-tech and minimalist, with a dual-screen display flanked by video monitors connected to the exterior-mounted rear-view cameras. The electric drivetrain allows for a completely flat floor.
We like this concept because it seems to embody everything we love about vintage Honda cars: It's economical, but infused with fun flair. It's got personality, but it's not full of gimmicks. Plus, with rear-wheel drive and a low center-of-gravity thanks to floor-mounted batteries, we can't help but assume it'll be a hoot to drive.
The Honda E Prototype will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5th. Production is set to begin later this year.