Honda is throwing down the gauntlet and pushing towards an electrified future with a completely new set of cars and even a new logo. Shown at the CES 2024, the new Honda ‘Zero series’ points to a new thinking philosophy in terms of design or packaging, explored through two new vehicles that look as though they were plucked from outer space. Rather interestingly, Honda has also said that one of these would be at a showroom near you in 2026.
The sci-fi Saloon concept is earmarked to be the first car to go in production and could likely retain its wedge like two-box shape. It is not a conventional saloon and tears apart the design rulebook with its sleek proportions.
The wedge, almost supercar like shape harks back to the edgy lines of the Lamborghini Countach and we think the headlamp design also pays some kind of tribute to the Italian design masterpiece as well. Part shooting brake and looking like a family car from the Jetsons, this is indeed the most radical design that we have seen from this Japanese brand.
Honda is also quick to point that EVs need not be too heavy or dependent on massive battery packs as its Zero series would be built on a bespoke electric platform which prioritizes lightness. The Saloon concept is built on a “thin” dedicated EV platform to create a low floor height plus its swoopy shape is also aero efficient. Technology taken from Formula 1 is also used while the interior takes a minimalistic approach with a yoke steering wheel along with ‘posture control’ seats.
Other highlights include a new high-density battery which reduces battery degeneration to 10 percent or less in 10 years and fast charging which juices up the battery in 15 minutes. The Space-Hub is also a futuristic family hauler with open spaces and a minimalist ethos being layered across the entire concept. The massive glass roof also brings in an airy cockpit and it is more like a lounge on wheels.
Expect the Saloon to first make it to the North American market in 2026 and then later being introduced in Japan, Europe, the rest of Asia and in the Middle East while an Australia market launch also is feasible.
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