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Retro Honda Urban EV Concept a modern first generation Civic

13.09.2017

The model that effectively kick started its success in the United States some 40 years ago, Honda has put a modern spin on the original Civic with the debut in Frankfurt of the Urban EV Concept.

Styled to resemble the first generation model that went on sale in 1972, the retro Urban EV, as its name points out, comes fitted with an electric powertrain dubbed Power Manager, which Honda claims can store energy more efficiently and release back into the home or grid. No further details were however revealed.

With its exterior design featuring the Honda badge lighting up in blue and the grille acting as a display for interactive messages, the Urban EV's Civic homage continues inside once the suicide doors are opened. 

Featuring a wood trimmed floating dashboard with an expansive panoramic display that takes the place of the instrument cluster and infotainment system, the Urban EV also receives dual screens mounted into the doors as mirrors given the lack of traditional units.

Meant to create the impression of a lounge, the front bench seat comes finished in nautical grey fabric, and also features wood accents on the seatbacks, squabs and armrest. The rear seatbelts meanwhile are fixed in the middle and retract when those seated in the rear get out.

New to the Urban EV is Honda's Automated Network Assistant that learns about the driver and then applies it to make new choices and recommendations. While still only concept, Honda has hinted that the Urban EV could reach production, albeit toned down, in Europe by as early as 2019.

Article written by Autodealer
13.09.2017
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