The automaker Honda announced today that it is working on a new mid- to large-sized electric SUV for the US market. The new vehicle, scheduled for discharge in 2025, will be worked on the automaker’s new Honda e Design EV stage. Since Honda had previously stated that vehicles based on its own platform would be available in 2026, the automaker appears to be one year ahead of schedule.
The arrival of Honda’s new SUV will trail not very far behind the automaker’s impending Preamble and Acura ZDX SUVs, which are anticipated delivery in 2024. Honda’s Preface will be a fair sized SUV that is about the size of an Identification, and undeniably bigger than a reduced CR-V.
Honda entering the EV Arena
Honda could utilize a greater electric SUV with three-column seating, which is turning into a hot portion with the approaching family-pulling Kia EV9 and the new lord of the mountain: the Rivian R1S, and the ZDX, which is currently in development and is codeveloped with GM and runs on the Ultium EV platform of the American automaker. In any case, presently, Honda has another SUV that is all its own, close by plans to additionally expand its association with GM and construct a few more “reasonable” EVs in light of Ultium available to be purchased in “2027 and then some.”
The impending 2025 SUV, with its new Honda e Design, will likewise make a big appearance with another unique vehicle working framework, and an over-the-air (OTA) programming updatable stage called Electric and Electronic, or E&E engineering for short.
According to an email forwarded to The Verge today by American Honda Motor Company spokesperson Chris Martin, E&E will “enable in-vehicle technology” and “the UX/digital services connectivity,” which “is going to be an increasing part” of Honda’s business in the future.
To make the new SUV attractive and useful, Honda will need to match these rivals. It will likewise have to rival GM’s own UX which won’t have Apple’s CarPlay to take cover behind from now on.
Utilizing the Ultium stage implies Honda will utilize GM’s ongoing pocket style (instead of barrel shaped cell) Ultium batteries for its reported EVs. In the meantime, GM is collaborating with Samsung SDI to construct a $3 billion EV battery plant in the United States.