Honda's electrification offensive will spread to Europe.Motorists in Europe have been relatively slow to adopt electrification, but that's not stopping Honda from continuing its green car offensive across the pond. The Japanese brand will travel to next month's Frankfurt Auto Show to introduce two electrified models.The first is a brand-new concept named Urban EV. It previews the first electric Honda developed for the European market, but additional information is being kept under wraps for the time being. At this point, all we know is the front end is fitted with a screen which displays how much electricity is left in the battery pack.
The second eco-friendly model is a close-to-production prototype which previews a hybrid CR-V. We got our first look at the gas-electric crossover last April at the Shanghai Auto Show, but details were few and far between. We're expecting to learn a lot more about it this time around.
It's not all about electrification, though. Honda will also introduce the turbodiesel variant of the 10th-generation Civic at the Frankfurt show. It's powered by a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder which makes approximately 120 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 221 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm.
Honda stresses the first two debuts represent "the next steps on the path towards electric vision." The gasoline-electric CR-V will most likely spawn a production model in the coming months, and we're almost certain to see it on our side of the pond. The Urban EV "sets the direction for a future production model," though the press release's strong emphasis on the European market makes us question whether we'll see it on our side of the Atlantic.
The Civic diesel will go on sale across Europe early next year. U.S. sales aren't planned at this point.