Honda is launching the Prologue for 2024. It will be a midsize, all-electric SUV. The Prologue will not become Honda's first EV in America; that honor rests with the departed 89-mile range Clarity EV sedan. But the Prologue will be Honda's first full-fledged mass-market offering. Whether you're looking at powertrain, market positioning or manufacturing, the Prologue will be unlike any other Honda on the road.
Here's what we know so far about the 2024 Honda Prologue.
The Prologue is emerging from a partnership between General Motors and Honda to use their Ultium platform for a pair of SUVs; the Prologue will get a glitzier Acura version. GM will build the vehicle on one of its assembly lines in North America.
The exterior design is different. But the Prologue should bear an uncanny resemblance to the new Chevy Blazer EV below the surface. We don't know whether the Prologue will get all the Blazer variants; you can get a Blazer EV in front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. And we bet if Honda uses the SS high-performance powertrain, it ends up in the Acura version.
Honda has confirmed some details about the Prologue's size. Its wheelbase will be 121.8 inches, the same as the Blazer EV. Honda says it will be 192 inches long and 78.3 inches wide, about 8 inches longer and 5 inches wider than the 2023 CR-V. The Prologue will be 64.7 inches tall and ride on 21-inch wheels.
Honda does not want you to wait until 2024 to get into a fuel-efficient Honda. Customers in certain states like California can take out two-year leases on a CR-V Hybrid while they wait for the Prologue to arrive.
2024 is a bit late for Honda to get off the mark with a mainstream EV in the U.S. Even EV-skeptical Toyota has the bZ4X on sale already. The Prologue will arrive the same year we get things like electric Dodge muscle cars and a Jeep Wrangler EV.
But Honda plans to catch up by the end of the decade. The first Honda e:Architecture EV will launch in America in 2026. And Honda has a new line of more affordable EVs co-developed with GM dropping in 2027.
The Blazer EV starts at $44,995. Autocar thinks the Prologue may start higher than that — around $50,000. That would make it the most expensive vehicle in the Honda lineup. Honda is co-developing more affordable EVs with GM for a later launch in 2027.
Honda's sales target for the Prologue is a robust 70,000 vehicles per year. Honda expects it to sell better than the Pilot, the Ridgeline or any car in the Acura lineup.
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