Honda Everus VE-1 launched in China – electric HR-V with up to 340 km of range, priced at RM103,015

Honda, together with its Chinese partner Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), has launched a new all-electric crossover at the Guangzhou Auto Show called the Everus VE-1. The China-exclusive model was first previewed by the Everus EV Concept several months earlier, and is similar in size to the well-known HR-V.

In terms of styling, the VE-1 differs from the HR-V with its revamped front fascia which includes vertical LED daytime running lights that flank a trapezoidal-shaped lower intake. The chrome bar placed between the headlamps is now gone, and the grille section is largely featureless save for the cover over the charging port.

Beyond that, the rest of the EV is almost identical to the vehicle it is based on, including the design of the rear-end and interior. Focusing on the latter, you’ll notice a button-type gear selector instead of conventional lever, as well as a new instrument cluster to reflect the zero-emission powertrain fitted.

Honda Everus VE-1 launched in China – electric HR-V with up to 340 km of range, priced at RM103,015

On that mention, the VE-1 is motivated by an electric motor that outputs 161 hp (120 kW) and 280 Nm of torque. The motor is linked to a single reduction gear that drives the front wheels, allowing the EV to accelerate from 0-50 km/h in five seconds and on to a top speed of 140 km/h.

A 53.6 kWh battery provides power to the motor, and provides up to 340 km of range on a single charge and 430 km at a constant 60 km/h. The VE-1 connects to a charger via a Type 2 connector but detailed information in relation to charging isn’t provided. Based on what we can gather from the official product site, the “standard charging time” is nine hours, or 55 minutes when fast charging is used.

Equipment-wise, the VE-1 comes with 17-inch wheels, LED headlamps and taillights, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and start, single-zone automatic air-conditioning, leather upholstery and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. You’ll also get three driving modes – Normal, Sport, and Battery Saver.

The VE-1 is priced at 170,800 yuan (RM103,015) but this including incentives; without them, the EV retails at 225,800 yuan (RM136,186). As a comparison, the normal HR-V (known as the Vezel there) starts from 128,800 yuan (RM77,683) there. Interested?

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