The automakers' partnership comes to fruition.
A few months ago, General Motors and Honda signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to create a strategic alliance in North America to collaborate on a range of new electric vehicles. Honda was highly interested in gaining access to GM's Ultium battery pack architecture, and GM gained a valuable partner in the development of new battery-electric vehicles.
And now Automotive News reports GM will begin building two battery-electric crossovers for Honda within the next four years. One of those vehicles will be produced in Mexico where the Blazer and Equinox are built, while the second, which will also be sold as an Acura, will call Tennessee home. Why Tennessee? Because the also upcoming Cadillac Lyriq EV will be built there.
The unnamed Acura model will begin rolling off the assembly line in 2024, according to sources who “asked not to be identified discussing future product plans.” That'll be about two years after the Lyriq arrives. The Honda EV will also be about the size of the Lyriq. Spokespeople for both automakers declined to comment on the report, but nor did they outright deny it. Also like the Lyriq, the new Honda and Acura EVs will have a maximum driving range of around 450 miles on a single charge.
Styling-wise, Honda might have already previewed its version last spring at the Beijing Auto Show with the SUV e-concept. To date, Honda's only EV is the overseas-only e city car and it's not expected to reach North America.
Aside from these EVs, we should also expect some new GM-Honda vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines, an additional part of the alliance. Details surrounding those new vehicles remain a mystery for now. There have been some rather creative ideas about the type of vehicle that could result in this partnership, but we predict they'll be crossovers instead of sedans.
GM has dramatically cut down its sedan portfolio, leaving Cadillac with the most for now. Honda has no intention of abandoning the Civic nor the Accord. What we'd really like to see happen is a new jointly developed compact truck that'll rival the upcoming Ford Maverick. Hopefully, an official announcement from one or both automakers is coming soon.