Honda has unveiled the design of its first all-electric SUV, designed in collaboration with General Motors (GM). Honda’s 2024 model will be a mid-sized SUV based on GM’s Ultium battery packs.
At the unveiling of the Prologue design this week, Honda said the all-electric Prologue SUV heralds a new era for the automaker.
“With versatility and range on par with our existing rugged SUV lineup, the adventurous Prologue navigates both daily commutes and weekend getaways with ease,” said Honda.
Overseen by an LA-based US design team, the Prologue’s design has been described as “neo-rugged styling,” which Honda says is a nod to its spirit as “a thoroughly modern” SUV ready for adventure.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid is already on sale in the US, but electric vehicle sales accounted for less than 7% of US sales in May 2021. Source: American Honda
The Prologue will be the same size as the Honda Passport sold in the US and Canada. It is larger than the CR-V sold right-hand drive here in Australia and in many other markets. Honda CR-V is 4,635mm long while Passport is longer at 4,803mm.
The main market is adventure family SUV buyers and to that end, the Prologue will be equipped with 21-inch wheels and nearly 2,900 liters of interior space. To make it feel more spacious, there is also a panoramic sunroof.
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Honda says it aims to sell this car over the next two years to millions of consumers who are ready to make the switch to an EV.
“As an all-electric SUV, the Prologue is powered entirely by its rechargeable battery, eliminating tailpipe emissions and the need for gas. Every time you drive, you are effectively reducing your carbon footprint wherever you go,” the company says.
This is Honda’s third production EV after a not-so-successful EV, the 2019 Honda Clarity and the Honda e.
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Like many of the established Japanese automakers, Honda has lagged behind others in EV technology and marketing EV products.
Since this is a GM partnership, it will most likely launch in the US left-hand drive market first in 2024. Since Honda’s largest SUV in Australia in recent years has been the CR-V, the Prologue won’t be making its way to our shores anytime soon.
Riz is the founder of carloop in Melbourne. He is a mechanical engineer who spent the first 7 years of his career working all over Australia building infrastructure before starting carloop. He has a passion for cars, especially EVs, and wants to help reduce transport emissions in Australia. He currently drives a red Tesla Model 3.
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