The prototype appears to be production-ready.
The car comes with a lot of high-tech features.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this project involving Sony and the automotive industry. In fact, we’re talking about Sony Honda Mobility and its all-electric Afeela sedan.
This week, at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, the joint venture took advantage of its presence in Sin City to reveal an evolved version of its sleek sedan. While it’s true that the sides of this future electric sedan are simplistic, it’s interesting to note that the project is moving forward, and that it’s a safe bet that the production version of the car will be very close to this prototype unveiled at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
One of the clues to these changes towards a car destined for series production can be found not far from the sedan’s A-pillar: the exterior mirrors. The thickness of the pillars is also worth noting here, as the car still must meet certain safety standards. At the front, the bumper adopts a new design, while where the traditional grille takes its place, a slim exterior screen can even display the driver’s mood or even the state of the car and the temperature outside. A light strip unifies the front section, just above the headlamps. The wheels, meanwhile, retain their aerodynamic design to maximize range between charges.
The interior is no slouch either, with the dash dominated by this very large screen. It runs from left to right, providing a wealth of information. The newly designed center console can now accommodate two smart devices for recharging during the journey. The yoke-style steering wheel is meanwhile flanked by two levers on either side, one for the gearbox and the other for everyday controls such as wipers and indicators.
The sedan comes standard with a pair of electric motors, each developing 241 hp (180 kW), and a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 91 kWh. The car is also compatible with 150 kW fast-charging stations.
Technology is obviously part of the formula conveyed by the joint venture, so artificial intelligence will help simplify the user’s life by offering a “conversational personal agent”. In other words, the system will be able to carry on a conversation with the driver. The association with Epic Games has also materialized in superb graphics on the main front screen. The company even added a “Monster” mode and an “Ocean” mode, adding humorous elements to the augmented reality screen in front of the passengers.
What we do know at the time of writing is that the car is due to go into production in 2025. In short, we’ll have to wait a few more months before we can see a car developed by Honda and Sony.