Remember the little Honda Urban EV Concept first shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show? Well, the Japanese automaker has confirmed a prototype of the production version will bow at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, while also releasing the first official sketch of the new model.

The firm says its new retro-styled electric vehicle has been developed with a focus on “functionality and purpose”, with the prototype sketch demonstrating this with its “clean, simple and unique design”.

Of course, the sketch draws clear inspiration from the aforementioned concept (itself reminiscent of the first-generation Civic). And when will the proper production model arrive? Well, Honda says it will be on sale “later in the year”.

Indeed, Honda predicts that some two-thirds of its European sales will feature “electrified technology” by the year 2025.

For the record, the earlier concept could accommodate four occupants across two bench seats; the front bench upholstered with a natural grey fabric, with wooden accents on the seat backs, squabs and arm rests.

The cabin sported a “floating” dashboard design with what the manufacturer described as “a large panoramic display screen”. The facia itself featured a wrap-around screen that ran behind the console before extending into the doors, where it essentially digitally replaced traditional side-mirrors.
Honda prototype sketch