Honda today revealed the Honda SUV e:prototype, a prototype model of the first Honda-brand electric vehicle in China, at Auto Shanghai 2021.
Japanese automaker plans to introduce 10 Honda-brand EV models within five years for growing Chinese EV market. The mass-production model based on the Honda SUV e:prototype is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2022 as the symbolic first Honda-brand EV in China.
The exhibit at the Honda automobile booth is showcasing the comprehensive lineup of Honda’s electrified vehicles consisting of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV models. This includes the world premiere of the Breeze PHEV, GAC Honda’s first plug-in hybrid model.
In addition, the technology presentation booth is exhibiting the third-generation Honda CONNECT which was introduced last month (March 2021) in China and Honda’s omnidirectional ADAS the next-generation advanced safety and driver-assistive system, enabling visitors to experience new technologies that contribute to the safety and comfort of everyday mobility.
Honda SUV e:prototype
Based on Honda dynamics technologies, the Honda SUV e:prototype pursued dynamic, yet smooth acceleration performance and realized performance that enables the driver to feel the “joy of driving” in abundance. Moreover, in addition to futuristic designs, this prototype model features the third-generation of Honda CONNECT that offers a number of advanced functions such as everyday connectivity, smartphone link and OTA updates based on a highly sophisticated voice-recognition interface. These features enable this model to provide its users with a fresh and fun-filled value of mobility.
Honda Breeze PHEV
The Breeze PHEV is a new plug-in hybrid model that combines the advantages of an EV and a hybrid vehicle. Developed based on Honda’s original 2-motor hybrid system, SPORT HYBRID i-MMD, the plug-in hybrid system for this model realizes an “EV-like feel” and a torqueful drive in virtually all areas of everyday driving while eliminating customers’ range anxiety during a long drive.
The Breeze PHEV is scheduled to go on sale in China in the second half of 2021 as the first plug-in hybrid model introduced by GAC Honda.
Third-generation Honda CONNECT
The third-generation Honda CONNECT is a connected service which seamlessly connects the users’ mobility and daily lives to bring new value to everyday mobility. Based on the AI personal assistant equipped with highly sophisticated voice recognition capability, this third-generation Honda CONNECT offers functions full of advanced value, including functions to enable operation of smart home appliances and online shopping while driving, operation of the vehicle through a smartphone link such as a digital key and OTA updates. Moreover, the Honda CONNECT will offer more new and smart mobility experiences through the latest navigation and entertainment functions.
The third-generation Honda CONNECT will become available starting with new models Honda will launch in China in the second half of 2021.