Honda unveiled the X-NV Concept at the 2019 Auto Shanghai, which previews an upcoming mass-production electric vehicle from Dongfeng Honda scheduled to go on sale in the second half of 2019.
If you think you’re looking at a restyled HR-V, you’re not wrong. However, the X-NV does get its own unique front and rear more akin to the China-only XR-V (the HR-V version sold by Dongfeng Honda), with a “tusk-like” look for the front bumper, joined by a large trim piece running through the middle of the lower apron.
Other notable cues at the front include blue accents on various parts of the bumper, including on the not-Honda logo placed within the single-louvre grille, which likely hides the car’s charging port.
Meanwhile, the XR-V-based rear is enough to convince you that this isn’t a HR-V, with the kinked taillights completely absent here. In their place are smaller clusters linked by a central trim piece on the reshaped tailgate, with reflectors tucked away in the corners.
Honda previously announced its mid-term vision for electrification in China, which is to introduce more than 20 electrified models to the market by 2025. Last year, the company, together with its other Chinese partner Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), introduced the Everus VE-1.
Honda’s official release for the X-NV didn’t include any details about the car’s powertrain, but it should be similar to the VE-1, which features a 161 hp (120 kW) and 280 Nm electric motor paired with a 53.6 kWh battery.