Honda Prologue Reinvigorates Brand’s Electric EffortsSeptember 28, 2023
We’ve known for about a year now that Honda was poised to release an all-electric SUV, named ‘Prologue.’ With its scheduled 2024 release just around the corner, Honda saw fit to whet our appetites with a few more details.
We typically save pricing for last, but one of the key discoveries is that the 2024 Honda Prologue is expected to start “in the upper $40,000s,” according to Honda. That’s a reasonably competitive price, something for prospective EV buyers to consider when it launches early next year.
Like the recently revived and electrified Acura ZDX, the Honda Prologue will use GM’s Ultium platform; and while the two do share some commonalities with design and segment occupation, the Prologue’s specs aren’t a mere “copy + paste” solution.
The Prologue will launch with both front- or all-wheel drive variants, the latter of which will produce 288 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque from its dual-motor setup. Power is derived from an 85kWh battery pack, providing enough juice to travel a Honda-estimated 300 miles– though this estimate is likely for the single-motor variant. It’s unclear how far the dual-motor version will travel; but, once you find yourself in need of a boost, DC fast charging will, theoretically, recoup 65 miles of range in about 10 minutes thanks to the 155kW recharge rate.
Three trims are expected to launch: EX, Touring and Elite. Each one will come standard with an 11-inch digital instrument panel and an 11.3-inch infotainment screen; but certain features, like the Head-Up display, Panoramic Sunroof and Bose audio system, will require stepping up into one of those higher trims. This also includes an available Sport Driving Mode, found exclusively on the Elite and providing “quicker throttle and steering response, firmer steering, increased braking power and other enhancements.”
Beyond that, everything falls in line with our previous report. The whole thing measures out to 192-inches long on a 121.8-inch wheelbase, giving it a larger side profile than the current CR-V by about 8-inches. Designed by Honda’s team in Los Angeles, the Prologue features a very clean design with simplified panels, taking some inspiration from the automaker’s current design ethos. The wheels may very well be the most complex in appearance– 21-inches in diameter on the Elite trim.
And as the name suggests, the 2024 Honda Prologue is just the first step for Honda’s electrification goals. While 2024 will see the introduction of this all-electric utility co-developed with GM, a mid- to large-size EV based on Honda’s own EV architecture is expected to arrive in 2025.
We’ll have more on the Honda Prologue and the Acura ZDX soon!