has been overly cautious on the transition to electric vehicles, with its only EV offered in the US in recent years being the unsuccessful (and very divisive) Clarity. That's all changing with the introduction of the new Prologue, a fully electric SUV that will go on sale in the US in 2024.
While Honda isn't ready to talk specs yet, we know the Prologue was jointly developed with
and uses the same Ultium platform and batteries as the Chevy Blazer EV, and that's apparent from the overall proportions. The Prologue's 121.8-inch wheelbase is almost a foot longer than that of the three-row
, and Honda says the Prologue is 5 inches wider and 8 inches longer overall than the
. It has a long, low and wide silhouette with a rising beltline, a tapering roofline and a raked rear hatch that gives the Prologue an athletic stance.
The Prologue's styling was led by Honda's Los Angeles-based team of younger designers, and it has a very attractive design with clean surfacing and some cool details. The bluff front end features a black grille panel with horizontal LED headlights flanking it, and the lower bumper has a large intake and an interesting indentation in the bodywork just below the grille. Gloss black cladding surrounds the wheel arches, side skirts and lower bumper areas, and the Prologue has short overhangs with 21-inch wheels pushed to the corners. The taillights look really good set into another black panel, and instead of the classic H badge, the Prologue gets the Honda name written out in a futuristic font.
On the inside, the Prologue has the nicest cabin we've seen from a modern Honda in the US. The model in these photos is what seems like a fully loaded Elite trim, with a two-tone grey interior and features like ventilated seats. An 11-inch gauge cluster screen and 11.3-inch touchscreen stand atop the low dash, with the latter featuring a prominent physical volume knob, and the Prologue looks to have new infotainment software. It has the same horizontal theme as other new Hondas, with air vents that seem to extend across the entire dash, but the Prologue does without the honeycomb trim that we've seen on cars like the
and CR-V. The Prologue only has two rows of seats, but it looks like rear passengers will have a lot of headroom and legroom. The steering wheel and column stalks, door handles, window controls and lock switches have been taken directly from the Blazer, but otherwise the Prologue's switchgear and other interior elements look unique to Honda.
The Prologue will go on sale in 2024, with no hint yet as to how much it will cost. But with the 2022 Pilot costing just under $40,000, and the Blazer EV starting at around $45,000, expect the Prologue to be in that ballpark. Honda says that the new CR-V hybrid will act as a natural starting point for its customers who want to transition to owning an EV, offering shorter two-year leases in markets that will be the first to get the Prologue. In 2026, the US will see the first EVs based on Honda's e:Architecture that will be built in North America, and in 2027 a new range of affordable EVs also co-developed by GM and built in America will go on sale.