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Honda Sports EV Concept revealed

Honda has unveiled the hotly-anticipated Sports EV Concept at the Tokyo motor show.
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The cute coupe follows in the footsteps of the Urban EV launched at the Frankfurt motor show, with compact proportions and a pure-electric powertrain.

The pair also share their platform and retro-inspired looks, with cues pulled from the original Civic prominent in both designs.

Although the hatchback has been confirmed for production in 2019, there’s no word on whether the Sports EV is bound for showrooms just yet.

Speaking of things we have no word about, Honda hasn’t provided any information about how much power or range the electric drivetrain offers. But the company says the “highly responsive” power unit should couple “powerful, smooth acceleration” with “serene quietness” on the move.

Like its more practical hatchback sibling, the Sports EV is outfitted with the ‘Honda Automated Network Assistant’ inside. The system is designed to act as a concierge for the driver, and reads their emotions to tailor the information they’re shown.

While we’re talking similarities with the Urban EV, the latest concept is also capable of managing power between its own battery, the home and grid. Nissan has been trialling a similar concept in the UK, so it will be interesting to see how the Honda approach differs.

Should it make production, the Sports EV would likely fill the brief of "small, sporty car," the likes of which Honda Australia is keen to slot into its lineup.

"We’ve said it a number of times: we really want to dial up the sportiness of our range and our brand," Stephen Collins, director of Honda Australia, told CarAdvice at the local Civic Type-R launch. "NSX is one part of that, Type R is another. But if anything else becomes available, we’d really be chasing that pretty hard."

Although he categorically ruled the S660 out for Australia, Collins said Honda would "stick [its] hand up" if anything similar became available.