Meet the all-electric HR-V you won’t be able to buy: Honda e: NS1 launched in China with attractive long-range specs

Amid scaling back local operations and focusing on flagship models, Honda Australia is missing out on introducing some of its most promising models to the local market.

This includes the brand’s all-electric hatchback, the first in the electric car lineup under the “e” sub-brand, but now also includes what could be the most promising electric car model to date.

Dubbed the e:NS1, it’s an all-electric SUV that shares dimensions and even most of its chassis with the new generation HR-V intended for the Australian market.

Interestingly, Honda says it is actually riding on a completely different electric platform called the e:N Architecture F, apparently different from the e-portion-enabled platform, which is a custom rear-drive setup rather than the e:N drive layout. frontal. Regardless, the e:NS1 roughly shares its dimensions with the HR-V, being just 50mm longer and 12mm shorter but the exact same width.

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The e:NS1 is also impressive, featuring an all-electric range of 420km to 510km (using the Chinese test cycle instead of the more reliable WLTP standard) and an electric motor that outputs either 134kW/310Nm or 150kW/310Nm meters depending on the variant.

Standard features include a blank grille with a bi-directional charging port in the rear, LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 15.1-inch image-oriented multimedia touchpad, which is a complete departure from the smaller touchscreen sized 9.0 inches appears in the HR-V combustion car that is due to arrive in Australia. In China, it costs between AU$37,629 and AU$46,873 (roughly reflecting the cost of our Combustion and Hybrid variants!).

The e:NS1 is unfortunately a locally exclusive in China, as Honda looks to delve deeper into the electric-vehicle-friendly market.

So, what’s the big problem? Well, the e:NS1 is not built by “Honda” as we understand it, but rather one of the brand’s joint ventures with Chinese automaker Dongfeng. All of this is scattering the chances of this particular electric model making it to Australia.

Honda’s e:N Architecture will continue to support 10 more models for the Chinese market by 2027, with Dongfeng Honda building a dedicated EV plant to support the brand’s expansion scheduled to open in 2024.

Meanwhile, there is no word from Honda Australia on when we will see the brand’s first electric vehicle domestically. The HR-V will arrive in Australia in the form of a 1.5-liter (89 kW/145 Nm) afterburner, and a 1.5-liter hybrid (96 kW/253 Nm). The combustion VTi X will start at $36,700, while the e:HEV L MSRP wears at $45,000.

The e:NS1 has an interior design that is very different from that of the HR-V in the Australian market. The e:NS1 has an interior design that is very different from that of the HR-V in the Australian market.

It is interesting that the e:NS1 is not the only electric offering of the current combustion car exclusively for the Chinese market, where Toyota offers an EV version of the C-HR, Kia offers an EV version of its K3 (known in Australia as the Cerato), and Mazda offers an all-electric version (looks like very embarrassing) from her CX-30.

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