Company's first mass-market EV for markets outside of China will be introduced in 'prototype' form in Switzerland in March.
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Honda will offer the first near-production look at its road-ready compact electric vehicle at the 2019 Geneva motor show, with teasers and spy photos confirming the car will owe plenty to the much-loved Urban EV concept from 2017.

With its round headlights and minimalist detailing, the new car will be quite a break from not only Honda's recent styling efforts, but from the industry in general.

If recent history with "prototype" vehicles is anything to go by, the car to be shown in Geneva will head into production virtually unchanged, except for maybe its alloy wheels.

The wing mirror-replacement camera pods seen in this sketch were also present in the development prototype spied back in November 2018. Due to cost and regulations, this feature may not be available on all variants or in all markets.

Unlike the concept, which was launched at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the production vehicle will be a five-door hatchback.

Details about the car's power, range and pricing have yet to be announced, but it's diminutive proportions will probably see it pitched as a more affordable alternative to the Tesla Model 3 or, even, the Nissan Leaf.

The company has also yet to confirm the production car's name, but the vehicle is due to go on sale later this year.

Australia

Although the Urban EV, or whatever it will be called, has not officially been ruled out for Australia, Honda has previously indicated it is not likely to make its way Down Under.