The Thailand International Motor Expo marked the first time Honda has unveiled its e:NP1 electric crossover SUV, which is a rebranded electric version of the Honda HR-V, at the show.
It is Honda’s intention to focus exclusively on the electric vehicle market with its new marque ‘e:N’. ‘E’ is used to denote energized (power) as well as electric (electricity) and ‘N’ is used to denote New (brand new) and Next (growth). In summary, e:N’s mission statement is to provide “a pure electric vehicle with Honda characteristics in today’s new era that stands out from the crowd.”
There are already a number of compact crossover SUVs on the market in China, including the Honda e: NP1. Two engines are available for this vehicle and it will compete against the Tesla Model Y, the Volkswagen ID 4, the Kia EV6, the Hyundai IONIQ 5, and the Toyota bZ4X.
In addition to delivering 180 horsepower (hp), 310 Newton-meters (Nm), the vehicle has a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 53.6 kWh, and it has a range of up to 420 kilometers with a range of 53.6 kWh. There is a sophisticated powertrain inside the vehicle that generates 201 horsepower and comparable torque. The vehicle also comes with a lithium-ion battery pack that provides a range of 510 kilometers from a 68.8 kWh battery pack.
In terms of passenger vehicle equipment, the Honda e: NP1 might be the best vehicle the company has ever built. Among the modern features of the SUV are the following:
- 10.25″ LCD instrument screen.
- 15.2″ central control screen.
- Dedicated e:N operating system.
- Honda CONNECT 3.0 intelligent guidance interconnection.
- Honda Sensing 360 advanced driving assistance system.
- Remote-operated doors, windows, and air conditioning control.
- DMC driver status perception system to recognize the driver’s state, detect changes in emotions, and actively send safety reminders to drivers.
Models with 420 km and 510 km ranges are priced at 175,000 RMB (Rs. 5.5 million) and 205,000 RMB (Rs. 6.5 million) respectively, making them a relative value compared to other comparable electric crossovers.