Honda showed the Urban EV concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, then showed the Sports EV concept at that year's Tokyo Motor Show. Built on the same electric platform as the Urban EV, Honda designers showed how much classic sports car elan they could work into a diminutive package. The Urban EV has since become the production Honda E, due on sale later this year. Autoweek.nl recently dug up Japanese patent office images filed last December that show a potential production version of the Sports EV. The images show a redrawn coupe, the long hood and erect, aft-set glasshouse giving way to a more modish, elegant line. And we'd still rock it until its range ran out. Styling similarities with the Honda E and the original concept remain, such as the round headlights, bulging front fenders that arch above the hood, wide rear haunches, and black decorative panels. Yet within the fastback profile, the corners are much squarer, the cabin's been moved forward, and the taillights are triangular. Along with a shorter hood, the effect is that of a pure mid-engined silhouette, complete with what look like functional vents ahead of the rear wheels. Assuming the dimensions aren't vastly different from those of the show car, we're talking about a product around the size of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. It's not the "backyard custom car feel" that designer Makoto Harada aimed for with the concept, but it puts a lot of pert confidence in a small footprint. At that Tokyo show, Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said the chances of a production Sport EV concept "depend on feedback from Europe and Japan." Based on our own reading, the feedback's been outstanding, and we know Honda plans to expand use of the Honda E's platform into other vehicle classes, including a commercial vehicle. Of course, patent drawings are nothing more than bookmarks notating a particular piece of intellectual property. However, if Honda put its 35.k-kWh battery and electric motor with 148 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque into the car in these images, we think we'd be looking at another electric hit.
Nissan released this sketch with a four-line press release about the 2019 Altima: "This official exterior sketch reveals an expressive, sophisticated all-new Altima and hints at the future of Nissan's sedan design language." It's peculiar timing for such a stroke for two reasons: Nissan unveiled the in-the-metal Vmotion 2.0 concept one year ago, which previewed design motifs for future products, and we've already seen spy shots of Altima prototypes that — as is to be expected — aren't nearly as slick as the Vmotion 2.0 nor as this sketch.
However, it does appear that the Altima will be the truest Nissan to the Vmotion 2.0 design themes. The grille, the front intakes, the thin, angled headlight design, the jewelry inside the light housing, and the twin shoulder lines look to have been traced straight from last year's concept and made amenable to the midsize sedan crowd. The rear silhouette looks to match as well, and we'll bet the taillights contain heavy references to the concept. We'll have to wait until the New York Auto Show to know how well Vmotion 2.0 elements work when shrunk and applied to a sedan that can't take too many daring chances.
The motor show sidelines are an amazing place to learn new information from the industry – heck, some of it is so fresh and radical, it eventually fails to materialize, despite being passed on at the time with no intention to deceive. We therefore look with great interest and a little bit of skepticism at what Auto Express found out when speaking to Nissan’s development boss, Andy Palmer, at the Frankfurt motor show.
Japanese site CarWatch has revealed images of the next-generation Toyota Harrier, known to US and European buyers as the Lexus RX. The new model features a considerably more aggressive fascia in keeping with some of the latest Lexus design trends, while the back features a pair of wide, wraparound taillights.
the front end Advanced Tourer's front end will go onto the WRX, with other aspects of the concept made more aggressive to suit the personality of Subaru's rally-ready racer.