Honda is set to unveil the e Prototype, which is essentially an updated version of its urban electric vehicle – first previewed by the Urban EV Concept – at the upcoming 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The e Prototype represents Honda’s “Electric Vision” strategy for Europe, and a production model is said to be introduced later this year.

According to Honda, the e Prototype was deliberately designed with focus on advanced functionalities and purpose, as well as engaging driving dynamics. It said the whole e Prototype package makes it perfect for the urban environment. Considering its size (and not to mention, cute), we’re inclined to agree.

Design-wise, the exterior panels are subtly contoured to give it its bubbly shape, and the steeples A-pillars with concave surfaces sit flush with the glass. This offers a quiet and refined journey, Honda claims. The rounded headlights and tail lights help enhance the clean, simplistic look, and defines the car’s “human face” design motif.

Several stand-out styling features include ‘pop out’ door handles, camera-based side mirrors, and an advanced charging port that’s integrated in the bonnet for convenience. There’s also an LED indicator that’s visible through the glass cover, and it functions by informing the driver of the battery charging status.

Inside, the small EV gets a modern minimalist cabin, and Honda hopes to create a relaxing ambience for occupants. A lounge-like feel is achieved with the use of melange-style sofa fabric and other tactile materials usually found in contemporary homes. There’s a walk-through flat door in the front and rear of the cabin to help raise the car’s sense of spaciousness as well.

For occupants, there’s two customisable display screens featuring a range of applications and services. The screens have been designed for “ultimate usability,” and the automaker aims to transform a car from being a mere transportation tool to a vehicle that’s fully integrated into modern, everyday life.

For example, Honda’s next-generation digital aids will be presented alongside many of the car’s comfort and infotainment controls for easy multi-tasking and in-menu navigation. There are also screens at either end of the dashboard (this makes it feel more natural) that project live feed from the Camera Mirror System. The car also features a digital rear view camera, and this increases the driver’s field of vision.

Now, under the skin is an all-new, EV-specific platform that allows for compact proportions, while a relatively long wheelbase, wide track and short overhangs give the car exceptional manoeuvrability and dynamic driving characteristics. The car’s low stance is emphasised by the flared wheel arches, and this combination makes the car appear sporty, if not cute, for the most part.

Honda says the e Prototype is able to deliver a range of over 200 km, and fast-charging is available, which juices up the battery to 80% in 30 minutes. This makes it ideal for everyday city commutes, but for the short bursts of fun, drivers would be glad to know that the electric motor powers the rear wheels. Want one?

GALLERY: 2017 Honda Urban EV Concept