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2018 Geneva Motor Show: Orders open for production version of Honda Urban EV Concept

By Cameron Kirby, 06 Mar 2018 Events

2018 Geneva Motor Show Orders open for production version of Honda Urban EV Concept

The star of last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show can now be ordered before production starts in 2019

EUROPEANS can soon order a production version of the Honda Urban EV concept early next year, with the car to be built in late 2019.

Honda’s Urban EV Concept was built as a preview for the brand’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle to be sold in Europe, and was followed up with the sportier Sports EV Concept.

Honda used this week’s Geneva motor show to confirm that customers will be able join a waitlist early next year for the zero-emission city car.

“A production version of this highly acclaimed concept will be introduced to Europe during late 2019,” Honda’s senior European vice-president, Philip Ross, said. “And in response to the positive feedback to this model, we expect to open order banks for the Urban EV during early 2019.”

The Honda Urban EV Concept stole the show at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. A surprise reveal, its seriously cool retro-futuristic styling outshone much more exotic metal.

Cries for a production model were almost immediate, with Honda stating at the time that one would be ready by 2019.

The Japanese brand looks set to come good on its promise, officially allowing customers to place orders for a production version of the car, due next year.

It’s likely the production version of the Urban EV Concept will have a slightly toned down interior than the large touchscreen that stretches across the cabin of the Frankfurt concept. The ‘suicide’ doors also will likely be killed off in the transition from show floor to showroom.

We at Wheels HQ sure hope the exterior styling remains relatively unchanged for production.

Honda did not say when Australian customers would be able to place an order for the Urban EV.