The Honda Prologue will be the Japanese automaker's next-generation electric vehicle. Although the brand was comparatively slow to adopt EVs, the brand says the Prologue will be an electric SUV that will offer the same ruggedness as its current lineup. The name Prologue is a not-too-subtle hint that the SUV will usher in the brand's future.
This future, according to Honda, will consist of 100%-electric car sales by 2040. Last year, the company committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. As a battery-electric vehicle, Honda's new Prologue will undoubtedly face challenges similar to those faced by other makers of EVs such as Tesla, Chevy, Kia, Hyundai, and several other brands.
Range and battery capacity remain an open question at the moment. Today's EVs with the biggest range involve models like the Tesla Model S with up to 405 miles. In terms of SUVs, the Tesla Model X offers up to 360 miles. However, Model X MSRP pricing also approaches $100,000 before factoring in any plug-in rebates and incentives.
While Honda isn't ready to talk about the Prologue's specs just yet, the automaker has finally released some pictures of the SUV and figures for its size. The electric Prologue will be eight inches longer and five inches wider than the new CR-V. With a wheelbase of 121.8 inches, the Prologue is nearly a foot longer than the midsize Pilot. The wide, elongated body gives the all-electric Prologue a unique, hunkered-down look that you won't find with the automaker's other SUVs.
On the design front, the Prologue was designed by Honda's team in Los Angeles for a fresh, youthful look. The electric SUV has a blunt front end with rectangular headlights that lead directly into a slim grille. A large air intake is positioned toward the bottom of the front fascia. As a nod toward its rugged SUV character, the Prologue has body cladding surrounding the wheel arches, side skirts, and bottom portions of the bumpers. The rear end of the electric SUV features thin taillights that are connected in a single trim piece with a "Honda" badge in the middle. Short overhangs and 21-inch wheels finish off the Prologue's upscale exterior design.
Honda has finally released pictures of the upcoming 2024 Prologue's interior. The electric SUV shares its overall interior design with other modern Hondas, but packs larger screens and more upscale touches. The SUV features a horizontal look with a simple dashboard, a thin row of controls on the center console, and simple trim pieces. Features for the 2024 Prologue will include an 11.3-inch touchscreen and an 11-inch digital instrument cluster. We also expect Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless charging pad, and navigation to be available.
According to a recent announcement about the brand's sales strategy, Honda will limit sales of the Prologue to California and zero-emission states. At least to start. The model will also be available in both Florida and Texas. How long it takes for Prologue sales to expand to the rest of the country remains unclear for the time being.
In terms of incentives, we think it's likely that the Honda Prologue may be eligible for a $7,500 federal EV tax credit as well as applicable state plug-in rebates. After all, Honda has sold far fewer EVs than most of its competitors. However, we'll need to wait for full details about the vehicle's powertrain and pricing to know for sure.
Honda will release the Prologue EV in 2024. Stay tuned for updates once Prologue specs, pricing, and release date information come more into focus.
Pictured: 2024 Honda Prologue