At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Honda has unveiled two new electric vehicle concepts as part of its ambitious ‘0 Series’. The highlight is a model already slated for production.
Meet the ‘Saloon’: A Blend of Nostalgia and Modern Design
Named ‘Saloon’, the first concept merges elements of classic 1980s design with modern electric vehicle aesthetics. It features a wedge-shaped body, gullwing doors, and a redesigned Honda ‘H’ logo. The design is reminiscent of the Lamborghini Countach, especially the headlights.
Design and Features
The Saloon’s exterior design flows into a fastback rear end, accentuated by 3D rectangular rear lights and pronounced rear flares. Inside, the vehicle boasts sporty seats with integrated small screens, a yoke-type steering wheel, and a dashboard-wide digital screen. Honda asserts that all materials used are sustainably sourced.
Performance and Technology
Though details about the powertrain are limited, the Saloon is built on a new EV platform. Honda hints at advanced aerodynamics influenced by Formula 1 experience, potentially hinting at high performance in future electric models, such as an electrified Type R variant.
Availability and Market Release
The Saloon is scheduled for production in 2026, initially for the North American market, with subsequent releases planned for Japan, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South America.
Exploring the ‘Space-Hub’ Minivan Concept
Alongside the Saloon, Honda presented the ‘Space-Hub’ minivan concept. While not confirmed for production, the Space-Hub suggests a futuristic design direction for Honda’s minivan lineup. It features a spacious cabin, enhanced visibility, and a panoramic roof, designed to augment daily life.
Honda’s Vision for the Future
Both vehicles in the ‘0 Series’ are set to include advanced driver assistance systems and promise minimal battery degradation over time. Honda anticipates charge times from 15% to 80% in approximately 15 minutes, with less than 10% battery degradation after a decade of use.
Further details on the Saloon and other 0 Series models are expected in the coming years, with potential expansion to markets including New Zealand.