Honda will unveil a new design theme it calls "neo-rugged" early next year, when its first electric vehicle, the five-passenger 2024 Prologue SUV, goes on sale. Long and low, the Prologue looks more like a sporty wagon than traditional SUVs like the Honda Passport.
Prologue prices will start in the upper $40s.
The Prologue shares its platform, electric motors, battery and more with the Chevrolet Blazer EV. There’s no visual similarity between the two, however, with the Blazer having more fluid lines.
What will it compete with?
Chevy Blazer EV
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Bigger than Passport or CR-V, no front trunk
The Prologue is longer, wider, less tall and slightly narrower than Honda’s Passport midsize SUV, which has the proportions of a more traditional SUV. It’s also about 8 inches longer and 5 inches wider than Honda’s popular CR-V compact SUV.
One vehicle isn’t enough to reveal the defining characteristics of Honda’s neo-rugged look, but the Prologue’s exterior leans into horizontal lines, with a broad, level hood; flat front fenders; wide, narrow grille, and slim horizontal LED running lights and headlights. The low roof is similarly level, leading to a sharply angled rear window. The A-pillars and windshield display a consistent rake.
Honda’s Los Angeles studio designed the Prologue’s exterior
The Prologue’s interior has plenty of head and leg room. A panoramic, power opening sunroof with a retractable shade is standard on all models but the base EX.
There’s no front trunk, but 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, 57.7 with them folded. The rear seat folds 60/40.
An 11.3-inch touch screen controls many features, but there are conventional controls for volume and climate. The touch screen has the highest resolution of any Honda. Google built-in services provide web-based navigation and other features. The gear selector is mounted on the steering column
Google and Apple maps can be projected onto the Prologue’s 11-inch instrument cluster.
Wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
2024 Honda Prologue trim levels
Why is GM building it?
Honda and GM have shared products and technology to fill gaps where one is more expert than the other before. For instance, Saturn Vue SUVs used a Honda V6 for years.
Honda’s on the receiving end this time. GM was ahead in EV development so Honda engineers and designers worked with GM to get the Prologue and Acura-branded ZDX luxury EV from the same development program that produced GM’s Ultium batteries, electric motors, controls and the platform underpinning vehicles like the Blazer EV and Cadillac Lyriq.
In addition to those features, the Prologue will offer GM’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving system, under another name.
Honda also is developing a family of EVs using its own batteries, motors and other technology. The first of those should hit the road in 2025. Honda says it will be a midsize to large vehicles.
The automakers also are working together to develop a family of more affordable EVs. Details are scant, but they’re expected to go on sale in 2027.
Honda won’t confirm it, but it’s an open secret that the Prologue will be built in GM’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, plant. Ramos also builds the Blazer and Equinox EVs.
What are the Prologue’s top features?
Front- or all-wheel drive
85 kWh hour battery
Projected 300-mile range for FWD models
Hands-free highway driving assistant
One-step sign-on and payment at leading charging networks, including Tesla
CCS charge port at launch
Switch to Tesla port later
19- or 21-inch tires and wheels
Power-opening panoramic sunroof
Bose 12-speaker audio
Up to 288 hp and 333 pound-feet of torque with AWD
Four USB-C ports
Why drivers might choose the Honda Prologue?
Bearing the trusted Honda name, the Prologue will have a built-in audience of buyers eager to switch to an EV. Expect waiting lists.
Working with GM gets Honda into the EV game at least a year faster than its internally developed vehicles would. It promises competitive range with access to a growing number of charging stations. Honda is participating in a seven-automaker initiative to add 30,000 DC fast chargers in the U.S. and Canada by 2030.
2024 Honda Prologue at a glance
5-passenger electric midsize SUV
Front- or all-wheel drive
Price: Starting in the upper $40s
On sale early 2024
Power: FWD, not available; AWD, 288 hp, 333 pound-feet of torque
Battery size: 85kWh
Estimated range: FWD, 300 miles; AWD, not available
Charging rate: Up to 155 kW
Charging time: Up to 65 miles range in 10 minutes DC fast-charging
Wheelbase: 121.8 inches
Length: 192 inches
Height: 64.7 inches
Width: 78.3 inchdes
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: 2024 Honda Prologue EV: Top features, pricing, first look