Honda Prologue EV to be positioned alongside the Passport [Update]

  • First Honda electric SUV for the U.S. positioned above the CR-V & alongside the Passport
  • Confirmed to be available in AWD; Will begin arriving at dealerships in 2024
  • Could be priced from under USD 50,000; will compete with the Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Prologue to be manufactured by GM which is also the car's technology partner

Update: ‘Contemporary interior’ section revised.

The 2024 Honda Prologue EV marks the beginning of a new era at Honda, especially in the U.S. and Canada, where it is the brand’s first electric SUV. The new Honda electric car promises excitement, but it won’t be easy to get their hands on one initially. In this story, we cover everything that is known about the SUV so far and discuss its features in detail.

New Honda badge

New Honda badge logo
Honda has redesigned the branding at the rear, and will also show an “e:” badge on its EVs. Image: Honda

The rear of the Prologue is adorned with a cyberpunk-inspired ‘Honda’ wordmark in monospaced font. There will also be a blue “e:” badge on all of the automaker’s EVs, indicating that they’re fully-electric.

Low-slung design

Honda’s American and Japanese design studios created the Prologue in a collaborative effort. The Prologue is the brand’s first model designed mainly through VR technology. The development of the new Honda electric car also happened in Japan.

The Honda Prologue features a crossover-SUV design that looks almost like a regular gas-powered model, without unusual proportions observed in bespoke electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model Y and the VW ID.4. However, it is more aerodynamic with smooth surfaces, a visibly raked windshield, low and sloping roofline, slim mirrors, and a closed upper grille.

Front

Apparently, the first electric SUV from Honda has quite a bit in common with the Chevrolet Blazer EV. Its doors, greenhouse, and dimensions look similar, but the design is simpler and less athletic. Unlike the Chevy, it doesn’t feature split headlights. Honda designers have employed flatter bonnet and wheel arches, and a shorter quarter glass panel to ensure that the Prologue gets enough unique attributes. While the electric SUV’s size may be similar to the Blazer EV, Honda has modified the profile to make it seem more compact.

Side

Honda is aiming for a slightly technical look to reflect the futuristic nature of the powertrain, as visible in the narrow headlights and the cubical front fog lights, a departure from the CR-V and Pilot. An upright face, a strong shoulder line, and chunky 21-inch alloy wheels exude power and strength, projecting the EV’s masculinity. The charging port is on the front-left fender, similar to the Chevy Blazer EV. Mainstream automakers are using flush door handles for aerodynamic and styling benefits, but Honda will employ the convenient traditional handles on the Prologue.

Rear

The low and visibly hunched rear-end of the Prologue gives it a planted stance. The design of the combination lamps and tailgate highlights the boxy shape of the SUV, while the full brand name in place of the “H-mark” brings some much-appreciated sophistication in contrast. The Prologue will be available in an exclusive North Shore Pearl exterior color.

The Prologue measures 192.0 inches in length, 78.3 inches in width, and 64.7 inches in height. It has a 121.8-inch wheelbase. Honda has positioned the Prologue above CR-V and alongside Passport. Below is how it compares with these models:

Dimension\Measurement2024 Honda Prologue2023 Honda CR-V2022 Honda Passport
Length (in.)192.0184.8189.1
Width (in.)78.373.578.6
Height (in.)64.766.2 (2WD)/66.5 (AWD)71.6 (2WD)/72.2 (AWD)
Wheelbase (in.)121.8106.3110.98 (2WD)/110.91 (AWD)
Honda Prologue vs. Honda CR-V vs. Honda Passport (Dimensions)

Contemporary interior

Blazer EV parts but different layout

As is typical of Honda, the interior of the Prologue is contemporary. The layout and controls are similar to Honda’s gas-powered models without going overboard with digitalization or minimalism. While components like the steering wheel, instrument cluster, center console, door handles, power window switches, turn indicator stalk, and gear selector stalk bear a striking resemblance to the Chevy Blazer EV, Honda has differentiated by keeping things simple and avoiding a flashy design.

For example, the Blazer EV doesn’t have a start button; the driver needs to enter with the key fob and tap the brake to turn on the car. The Honda Prologue gets the conventional button, and interestingly, one that has come from the GM parts bin!

11.3-inch touchscreen

The 2024 Prologue features an 11-inch digital instrument cluster and an 11.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Chevrolet’s Blazer EV is more appealing in this aspect, as it packs a 17.7-inch central display, which, in addition to being larger, is tilted towards the driver. The design of the rectangular AC vents does seem a little cheap for a premium model. The climate control panel offers plenty of physical controls, making it easy to use, with less distraction. The two USB Type-C ports below provide a convenient connecting/charging solution for smartphones.

Honda says that the 2024 Prologue offers a generous passenger space. According to Honda’s U.S. consumer website, it has over 102.6 cubic feet of room in the cabin. The company will offer the electric SUV in an exclusive charcoal and light gray interior color.

‘Ultium’ specifications

The Honda Prologue is an American technology underneath a Japanese shell or top hat. In April 2020, Honda and General Motors agreed to develop two EVs for Honda. The co-developed EVs (Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX) ride on GM’s BEV3 platform that underpins the Cadillac Lyriq and the Chevrolet Blazer EV.

GM third-gen EV platform Ultium battery pack that will underpin the Honda Prologue
GM’s third-generation global EV platform with Ultium batteries will underpin the Honda Prologue EV. Image Source: General Motors

Nearly 325 miles of range

GM’s third-generation global EV platform and Ultium batteries can deliver EVs with outstanding capabilities, which the GMC Hummer EV and GMC Hummer EV SUV demonstrate. We’re talking about battery packs with up to 800 V and 200 kWh battery energy content, up to 350 kW fast charging rate, 400 miles of range, and 0-60 mph acceleration time of as low as three seconds. The Honda Prologue EV won’t get the best of what’s technically possible, as it needs to stay affordable.

Honda has confirmed that it will offer the Prologue in AWD, although basic configurations are likely to be 2WD. The company could offer a battery pack that operates at around 400 volts with approximately 100 kWh capacity in the top-end configuration, which is likely to be Elite AWD. The Prologue could deliver an EPA-est. range of nearly 325 miles in its most range-focused configuration. Expect the maximum charging power at 11.5 kW (AC)/190 kW (DC).

2024 Honda Prologue side profile
The Honda Prologue has extremely short overhangs and a long wheelbase which gives it slightly unique proportions for a Honda vehicle. Image Source: Honda

Not-so-Honda to drive

The Honda Prologue’s driving experience is likely to be more like that of a GM product (most probably the Chevy Blazer EV) than a Honda model. There’s not much that Honda can do about it because it didn’t engineer the vehicle’s platform. The company has told media that differentiating the Prologue in terms of performance will be difficult, Motor1.com reported on November 2, 2022.

According to a report Car And Driver published on November 2, 2022, Honda EVs are unlikely to come with a manual transmission. Shinji Aoyama, Honda’s head of electrification, says that developing a manual transmission for an EV is not easy. CEO Toshihiro Mibe agrees, saying he isn’t sure if the company can replace the manual transmission.

The Prologue should offer a comfortable drive and be high responsiveness with independent front and rear suspensions. Expect one-pedal driving that doesn’t require the driver to push the brake pedal to slow down or stop the vehicle.

AspectHonda Prologue Specification (Expected)
Power200-250 hp
Torque250-300 lb.-ft.
Battery Pack Capacity80-100 kWh
Range (EPA)260-325 miles
Max. AC Charging Power11.5 kW
Max DC Charging Power190 kW
Honda Prologue final specifications awaited.

Standard Heat pump

General Motors has developed a patented heat pump that recovers and repurposes waste heat energy from EV components. It’s a standard feature on GM’s Ultium-based EVs, and the Honda Prologue should also get this energy-saving feature as standard. The heat pump can recover waste heat from the SUV’s propulsion system, the body heat from passengers, and the humidity from both inside and outside. The recovered heat can be reused for heating and other functions, such as improving performance or warming up the batteries before charging, offering a claimed 10 percent additional range.

Predictable pricing

The 2024 Honda Prologue should cost under USD 50,000 in the base configuration, and be eligible for federal tax credits. It will compete with the Chevrolet Blazer EV, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and maybe even some smaller models like the Toyota bZ4X, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Ariya, Kia EV6, and Subaru Solterra.

Produced by GM

Production of the Honda Prologue and its Acura offshoot will take place in North America. However, it is General Motors which will make these electric SUVs, not Honda. Neither Honda nor GM has revealed the production site, but as per an Automotive News report from January 2021, the Prologue would be made at GM’s Mexican factory (Ramos Arizpe) which began retooling for EV production in March 2022.

While briefing its electrification strategy on April 12, 2022, Honda said that it’s planning a production line exclusive to EVs in North America. So, Honda EVs launched in the U.S. after the inaugural vehicles will roll out of a Honda factory.

Limited availability in 2024

2024 Honda Prologue green front three quarter
The Honda Prologue will be available in select states initially, not nationwide. Image Source: Honda

In the U.S., Honda says that it will initially focus on California and the ZEV states, including Texas and Florida. The company expects these regions to bring the bulk of Prologue sales due to higher customer acceptance of EVs and regulatory requirements. It will expand the availability nationwide when the EV infrastructure and customer interest grow.

On October 7, 2022, InsideEVs reported that an American Honda Motor spokesperson reaffirmed that the company plans to offer the Prologue in ZEV states initially and will expand the availability across the U.S. in the future.

There are 16 ZEV states in the U.S., as mentioned in the list below:

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Connecticut
  4. Maine
  5. Maryland
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Minnesota
  8. New Jersey
  9. Nevada
  10. New Mexico
  11. New York
  12. Oregon
  13. Rhode Island
  14. Vermont
  15. Virginia
  16. Washington

In the first year of sales, Honda is targeting to ship 70,000 units of Prologue. It hasn’t clarified whether that number includes the deliveries in Canada. Regardless, it seems like sales would be considerably lower compared to the gasoline SUVs like the CR-V and Pilot in the initial phase. The company has been clocking 300,000+ CR-Vs and 100,000+ Pilots annually in the U.S. for years now.

New dealer experience for Prologue customers

Honda is preparing dealers for its EV launches in the United States. The company is planning a new experience for customers when they buy or service EVs. The new design will provide dealers with a modular and flexible space, which could be useful in the future when customers move towards alternative purchase methods (like online) and also when lower inventory is required. The new dealer experience will include the availability of charging stations (Honda mentions a “number and type of EV charging stations”) based on expected electric vehicle sales by 2030. Dealers will also need to acquire special tools and equipment to service Honda EVs.

On the Prologue’s luxury market cousin

The Prologue will have a luxury-segment cousin called the Acura ZDX. This is the second EV that Honda is co-developing with General Motors.

To go on sale in 2024, the ZDX could compete with Tesla’s Model Y, which costs USD 65,990 onwards in the U.S. The line-up will include a sportier, performance-oriented Acura ZDX Type S. Emile Korkor, assistant vice president of Acura National Sales, has told CarBuzz that the annual sales target for the ZDX is “roughly 30,000 units.” That’s less than half of what Honda is targeting for the Prologue.

TopElectricSUV says

The 2024 Honda Prologue is likely to be the no-nonsense electric SUV offering decent value for money. The SUV is bigger than some of the popular electric SUVs in the United States, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and VW ID.4. It offers more passenger and/or cargo space than these competitors. For customers looking for something simpler and more conventional than the Blazer EV or the Model Y, the Prologue could be a good fit!

Honda Prologue FAQs

What is the Honda Prologue release date?

The Prologue will arrive at U.S. dealers in 2024.

Which models will be Honda Prologue rivals?

The Prologue will rival the Chevrolet Blazer EV and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

What will be the Honda Prologue price?

The Prologue should cost under USD 50,000 in its base configuration.

Featured image: Honda