The battery-electric model, Honda's first to be sold in Europe, contrasts its classic exterior look with a futuristic interior that features an infotainment screen stretching right across the dashboard. Honda says it has been designed to "create a warm and engaging atmosphere" with "intuitive, user-focused technology".
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The five-door hatchback was recently spotted testing on public roads and then previewed in an official image. It again shows a close similarity to the original concept, which was first revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.
The heavily camouflaged prototypes seen ahead of launch show a strong resemblance to the original concept, with similar dimensions and round headlights, although many of the car's lines are still obscured. However, we can make out that it now has five doors instead of the concept's three, while a curvier front-end design is likely due to pedestrian crash safety regulations.
Indeed, it proved so popular that Honda has made very few changes to the final car’s design. Inside, the major changes will be the switch from four seats to five.
Speaking about opening order books in Britain, Honda UK boss Dave Hodgetts said the company expected the model to do “very well”. He added that it will “test people’s real attitude towards the car” beyond just liking the look of it.