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Honda e 2020 to be even more fun than it looks: Electric hatch's surprisingly sporty power outputs confirmed

This little Honda will have some surprising performance credentials to back its retro looks.

Honda has revealed international specification for its much-anticipated ‘e’ electric hatchback.

Honda’s UK division confirms its e will arrive with a 110kW/300Nm electric motor driving the rear wheels (comparing well to the front-drive Nissan Leaf) with a 35.5kWh battery pack that's good for a 200km range.

Honda says the battery can be charged to 80 per cent from empty in just 30 minutes, and the chassis will have a 50:50 weight distribution. To top it off, the e will have four-wheel, fully independent suspension with MacPherson struts all around.

Much like the Nissan Leaf with which it will compete, the Honda e will be capable of single-pedal control, with drivers being able to bring the car to a halt by simply lifting their foot off the accelerator pedal, thanks to its regenerative braking.

Those wanting to make the most of the retro-styled Honda’s surprisingly sporty credentials will be able to do so via a "Sport Mode" which will allow “faster acceleration response”.

The lack of an engine in the front also means that the e can articulate its wheels further for a tiny 4.3-metre turning radius.

The e will benefit from 110kW/300Nm driving the rear wheels and fully independent suspension. The e will benefit from 110kW/300Nm driving the rear wheels and fully independent suspension.

The Honda e is set to be fully unveiled in production guise “later this year” but the brand is taking reservations in major European centres now.

The electric hatch has yet to be confirmed for Australia, but Honda has told CarsGuide in the past that, although the car was only confirmed for Europe and Japan thus far, the brand’s local division was “looking into a business case for Australia”, but “price, range, infrastructure and marked conditions all need to make sense for our customers”.

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