If we could ask Honda for anything right now, it would be for them to build this absolutely stunning supermini exactly as it is. What a beauty!
Excitingly, that might actually happen: this is Honda’s Urban EV Concept, and while it’s officially just a design and technology concept, it paves the way for likely styling, drivetrain and infotainment systems of the not-so-distant future. Autocar claims a production version is slated for 2019, and we hope it’s exactly like the concept.
Just look at it! What a glorious little piece of nouveau-retro hatchback penmanship. It has fantastic, and huge, multi-spoke alloy wheels at each corner and sits low to the ground, poised over its tyres like a cat ready to pounce.
The round headlights and brilliant, illuminated ‘H’ badge on the grille are like a modern take on the original Volkswagen Golf GTI; the boxy roof line and thick C-pillars balancing the classic with the current.
It’s just so spot-on in the styling department. The massive, flared wheel arches and simple but elegant black detailing lines are completely fuss-free, but couldn’t work any better if they had all year.
Imagine this with a turbocharged engine good for, say, 140bhp. That would be superb. Come on, Honda: don’t just leave the good stuff on the design concept. Build it, and don’t change a thing.