Recent reports said that Honda won’t be attending the Beijing Motor Show, gladly, the Japanese automotive brand didn’t miss the show after all. In fact, attendees of the said event were surprised with two vehicles. Namely, there’s the Honda SUV e:concept that’s set to be a roomier E compact car, and the CR-V PHEV which will be the first Honda vehicle introduced in China equipped with a plug-in hybrid system.
Starting off with the Honda SUV e:concept, which is unusually a 2-door utility. Exterior wise, it’s kind of minimal though, given its clean surfaces, However, there are some quirky design cues worth noting, such as the massive wheels and angry-looking LED headlights which are unified. It does exhibit the right mix of macho and cuteness. Going further, no powertrain details were disclosed by the brand, and there was only one available photo. Though some sources say that this upcoming model will get the next-generation platform of the Honda Connect.
On the other hand, the Honda CR-V may be a familiar nameplate, however, what makes the Chinese market special is that it will soon have a plug-in hybrid option for the renown crossover. The CR-V PHEV fairly looks the same with its facelifted version that’s available on select markets, including the US and Thailand. However, it does get a slightly revised grille and a new set of alloy wheels which is not present on any of those aforementioned markets. Talking powertrain, the Honda CR-V PHEV benefits from a dual-motor, Sport Hybrid i-MMD system, which is somewhat similar to the Accord Hybrid and CR-V Hybrid.
While there is no official timeline for Honda’s SUV e:concept, the CR-V PHEV, on the other hand, is going to be available for the Chinese market by early next year. Quite fortunate of China to have been venturing the path towards the electrification of its vehicles. That said, we do hope that our country also benefits from both of these models in the near future, especially now that we are slowly transitioning towards Hybrid vehicles.