Honda has been bullish on the transition to electrical automobiles, with its solely EV provided within the US in recent times being the unsuccessful (and really divisive) Readability. That is all altering with the introduction of the brand new Prologue, a totally electrical SUV that can go on sale within the US in 2024.
Whereas Honda is not prepared to speak specs but, we all know the Prologue was collectively developed with Basic Motors and makes use of the identical Ultium platform and batteries as the Chevy Blazer EV, and that is obvious from the general proportions. The Prologue’s 121.8-inch wheelbase is sort of a foot longer than that of the three-row Pilot, and Honda says the Prologue is 5 inches wider and eight inches longer general than the CR-V. It has a protracted, low and huge silhouette with a rising beltline, a tapering roofline and a raked rear hatch that offers the Prologue an athletic stance.
The Prologue’s styling was led by Honda’s Los Angeles-based workforce of youthful designers, and it has a really enticing design with clear surfacing and a few cool particulars. The bluff entrance finish encompasses a black grille panel with horizontal LED headlights flanking it, and the decrease bumper has a big consumption and an fascinating indentation within the bodywork just under the grille. Gloss black cladding surrounds the wheel arches, aspect skirts and decrease bumper areas, and the Prologue has brief overhangs with 21-inch wheels pushed to the corners. The taillights look actually good set into one other black panel, and as a substitute of the traditional H badge, the Prologue will get the Honda identify written out in a futuristic font.
On the within, the Prologue has the nicest cabin we have seen from a contemporary Honda within the US. The mannequin in these photographs is what looks as if a totally loaded Elite trim, with a two-tone gray inside and options like ventilated seats. An 11-inch gauge cluster display screen and 11.3-inch touchscreen stand atop the low sprint, with the latter that includes a outstanding bodily quantity knob, and the Prologue appears to be like to have new infotainment software program. It has the identical horizontal theme as different new Hondas, with air vents that appear to increase throughout the whole sprint, however the Prologue does with out the honeycomb trim that we have seen on automobiles just like the Civic and CR-V. The Prologue solely has two rows of seats, nevertheless it appears to be like like rear passengers can have plenty of headroom and legroom. The steering wheel and column stalks, door handles, window controls and lock switches have been taken instantly from the Blazer, however in any other case the Prologue’s switchgear and different inside components look distinctive to Honda.
The Prologue will go on sale in 2024, with no trace but as to how a lot it should value. However with the 2022 Pilot costing just below $40,000, and the Blazer EV beginning at round $45,000, count on the Prologue to be in that ballpark. Honda says that the brand new CR-V hybrid will act as a pure start line for its prospects who wish to transition to proudly owning an EV, providing shorter two-year leases in markets that would be the first to get the Prologue. In 2026, the US will see the primary EVs primarily based on Honda’s e:Structure that shall be in-built North America, and in 2027 a brand new vary of reasonably priced EVs additionally co-developed by GM and in-built America will go on sale.