Honda Goes More Trad With BEV Concept New Dash

Honda has toned down the digital age look of the dashboard in the updated version of its Urban EV concept BEV at the Geneva International Motor Show and has published the first look at its new cockpit interior.

What is clear from the rendition is that the earlier model’s huge raised full dashboard touchscreen, shown in the concept’s first outing at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, has been replaced by a much more traditional cockpit suite. While the digital dash is still much larger than most currently on the market, it sits within the normal confines of the dashboard assembly and doesn’t quite extend to its full width.

Gone, too, is the single strut squared-off steering wheel that some auto commentators of a certain age likened to that found on the 1970s Austin Allegro. In its place is a multi-buttoned twin spoke wheel not dissimilar to others found throughout the Honda model range.

Honda is committed to produce hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell cars as its model mix planned to make up two thirds of its European sales by 2025. It claims the Honda Urban EV Concept will lead to its first mass-production electric vehicle sold in the European market and that order books should open sometime in 2019.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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