Honda released one more teaser today showing the design process of its first long-range battery-electric vehicle. This model launches in 2024 and is one of the first fruits of the brand’s collaboration with General Motors. The video accompanying the release shows the design process for the Honda Prologue. As a result, we get a glimpse of the car sitting in the background as a clay model.
Honda Prologue: Clean and Simple Design
You’ll immediately notice that the Prologue dons the same front fascia treatment as the pint-sized Honda e city car. However, it sports a family resemblance to SUVs like the 2023 CR-V and HR-V. Honda made use of virtual reality to achieve the clean and simple look of the Prologue. As with the majority of EVs, it features a long wheelbase and short overhangs. Additionally, designers optimized the SUV’s aerodynamics, which is crucial to getting a long driving range. The car also makes extensive use of simple lines and clean surfacing to achieve to help it slip through the air more efficiently and reduce noise levels.
At 1:46, you’ll see the clay model of the vehicle in the background where we get a sense of the Prologue’s size. As expected, the SUV possesses a low-slung roofline, giving it more of a car-like look. Thankfully, it gets a more upright hatch, resulting in a traditional crossover look. Its exterior footprint, on the other hand, appears similar to the CR-V rather than the Passport. Furthermore, that puts it squarely against the Toyota bZ4X, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Subaru Solterra, Kia EV6, Volkswagen ID 4, and Ford Mustang Mach-E.
As part of its collaboration with General Motors, Honda gains access to the Ultium suite. That means the Prologue will use the same batteries, electric motors, and platform as the Chevrolet Blazer EV and Equinox EV. Although Honda keeps powertrain details under wraps, it’s safe to assume that the Prologue may get the sale 100-kWh battery as the former. Expect a similar driving range and 190-kW DC charging speeds.
After the Prologue arrives in 2024, Honda aims to start production of EVs based on its new e: Architecture by 2026. In 2027, Honda intends to start production and sales of affordable EVs co-developed with GM. While the company continues to focus on more mainstream vehicles, it hasn’t abandoned sports cars. It recently teased two halo electric vehicles, one for Honda and another for Acura. The latter’s first EV also arrives the same year as the Prologue.