With the rise in electric vehicle production along with technological advancements, many companies are in the race to build the perfect electric vehicles for the future. In the same race, Sony and Honda have come together as Sony Honda Mobility (SHM) to produce one of the most beautiful electric vehicles, Afeela. The electric vehicle is set to be on the roads in the spring of 2026 with the pre-orders starting at around the end of 2025.
But why is the vehicle being talked about in the world now, in 2023?
Maybe the answer is this: Afeela EV is set to be one of the best electric cars with direct competition with all the electric vehicle market leaders in terms of performance. Even though the complete specifications are not officially released yet, the SHM has revealed most of the things it is about to have.
So what are they?
|Drive:||All-wheel drive (AWD)|
|Tyre size||Front: 245/40R21|
|Suspension||Front: Double Wishbone|
Afeela EV will have a sleek design on the outside and a luxurious interior with the best entertainment system that might be available in a four-wheel vehicle. The car will be mostly focused on the autonomous driving part along with entertainment.
As reported now, Aeela EV will have only one colour, greyish metallic. The main highlight of the front of the car will be the menu bar that is in between the headlights and below a light bar. The menu bar will act as an external display where it can show current weather, battery charge, latest scores of sports, and tyre pressure and also have different themes such as Spiderman and Fortnite, which can be managed with the help of an app or from the controls inside the car.
Afeela EV will have as many as 45 external sensors, which helps in level-three self-driving. It will have a Lidar above the front glass window, which helps in the detection of all the objects in front of the car. The EV will have a simple design yet will be beautiful. The side mirrors will be replaced by cameras on either side, which display the live footage inside the huge display set.
Afeela EV also will not have any door handles to enter the car. In the pillars will be camera sensors, which along with the side-view mirrors will able to identify the profile via facial recognition of the driver which automatically will open the door adding up another level to the autonomous experience.
The tyre size in the front will be 245/40R21 and in the back 275/35R21. The alloys on the tyres will add up to the simplicity and beauty of the car. The front daytime running lights will run through the whole front deck and headlights will be on either side of the menu bar. The tail lights will run through the whole back of the car and also extend a bit to the side. The menu bar will also be allocated in the back but will be smaller in size in comparison to the front one but show almost all the things that are in the front simultaneously.
The main focus of the Afeela EV will be the interior, which is set to be very luxurious with a variety of entertainment options. It will have a white background colour theme inside the car with environment-friendly seats. Each of the seats will have its own speaker, which can be used to play different songs for each passenger. Its back seats will be slanted, which will allow you to give more legroom space. The back seats each have their own personal screen attached to the back of the front seats headrest, which allows passengers to enjoy their own personal preference.
The main display in the front of Afeela EV will be stretched across the whole dash as a single whole display. The main display can be used by two people at the same time and has a lot of features. The side-view camera footage will also be seen on the displays situated at each end. The display can be used to play movies such as Spiderman by Sony with the best music experience highlighted by Sony’s 360 reality audio sound. Each passenger can listen to something different with the same audio quality.
You can also play games with the integrated Sony PlayStation, which also has a controller so you can enjoy the time while the car will be autonomously driving. If you want to drive the car, there will a very nice Yoke steering wheel with a head’s up display allowing you to see the front very clearly.
You can also change the theme of the car and the display among Spiderman, Fortnite, Morbius and many more. This also changes the ambient lighting inside the car. There is also a regular mirror and a digital mirror to see the things in the back.
Performance and safety
There is no information yet about Afeela EV performance. Details about the range, motor types and power, battery capacity and charging time have not been disclosed as the car is still making progress. The safety part is also not fully described but along with the 45 external sensors and the internal sensor along with the safety standards, the safety issue might not be a problem.
Price and availability
The SHM has also not disclosed its cost yet. Many people believe it would be around the 100,000 dollars mark. Its pre-order will start at the end of 2025 and will be delivered in the early spring, according to the SHM.
The overall hype of the electric sedan is positive, but let’s see what Sony and Honda’s joint venture is set to provide.