By on May 19, 2022

Honda has begun teasing out the electric Prologue in earnest, with its latest offering being a sketch of what appears to be a lifted Civic. Though what we’re actually seeing is the brand’s newest “adventure-ready” SUV tapping into the same inoffensive design language that now graces the ever-popular sedan.

The styling is neutral, perhaps even a little dull. But it’s unlikely to put anybody in a bad mood and is still rounded off in all the places one would expect from an EV. The Prologue looks as though it could come from Lucid, just with a dash of rugged design from Rivian and underpinned by Honda’s current design language. There’s little to gripe about, though there’s also not much to ogle. 

Lighting elements are slim, adhering to the modern trends, with the actual headlamps being located beneath the daytime runners. Honda is likewise putting contemporary plastic cladding around the wheel wells to indicate the Prologue is expected to be driven by people who might someday consider taking it into the wilderness. Visible roof rails tie a bow on the vehicle’s adventurous theme.

Honda is hinting that the car will be competent off the pavement and stated that the model will be outfitted with “capable” tires. Though one wonders how off-road rubber would impact the efficiency of the all-electric model. The set used in the rendering also appears fairly wide, making your author wonder about rolling resistance whenever the SUV isn’t having to ford a river or climb a mountain. But this isn’t an actual photograph of the Prologue and would still be of the pre-production model even if it were.

The aerodynamics appear to be spot-on for a vehicle prioritizing efficiency, however.

As a nice byproduct, lowering the model’s wind resistance should reduce NVH, which can become an issue for EVs due to their lacking the sweet, savory notes of a rich and full-bodied combustion engine. Alright, maybe I’m fetishizing gasoline for a laugh. But the reality is that you really do start to notice wind noise whenever variable engine speeds aren’t there to distract you and EVs often deploy extra soundproofing and/or specific aerodynamic designs to help offset this.

Interested parties should know that this baby isn’t all Honda. Like other Japanese brands, Big H has been hesitant to throw all of its eggs into the electric basket and the Prologue is the direct result of its current partnership with General Motors. The SUV uses the American firm’s Ultium battery platform, rather than being wholly reliant on proprietary hardware from Honda.

Once the Acura equivalent of the model has entered production, the duo is slated to develop a handful of compact crossovers while Honda begins manufacturing its own all-electric vehicles in 2026. These will reportedly be underpinned by the company’s “e:Architecture” with the goal of selling 500,000 EVs in North America by 2030. By 2040, the brand says it will no longer be selling gasoline-powered vehicles. But those distant timelines have a habit of being revised or forgotten, so I wouldn’t bet on anything other than the Prologue arriving early in 2024.

[Image: Honda]

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13 Comments on “2024 Honda Prologue Design Teased...”

  • avatar

    I’m guessing at least 50 grand for this “lifted civic”. Unless the coming recession lowers inflation. That seems unlikely with the current administration still claiming they can spend their way out. But on the upside at least it wont have Honda’s terrible valve gumming direct injection. No valves, no problems.

    • 0 avatar

      Should in the $40’s next year. But sounds like Honda wants Ultium EV in the $30’s too!

      We already knew that General Motors and Honda are collaborating on EVs using GM’s Ultium platform. But Reuters reports they are also going to develop another EV platform, for smaller, less expensive EVs. The two automakers have not decided if it will be on a GM or a Honda platform, but it will use the next generation of GM’s Ultium battery. Bloomberg reports that GM and Honda are also working together on solid state batteries. The new small EV will also use the same build process so that they can be built at either GM or Honda assembly plants. The build process refers to the steps in which a car is assembled. For example, you want the suspension, or the windshield, or the headlamps to go onto the car in the same sequence as the car goes down the line. As long as you have the same build sequence and common attachment points, you can run just about any vehicle down an assembly line.  Autoline Daily

      • 0 avatar
        Matt Posky

        Correct. The planned compacts mentioned in the article are the jointly developed EVs in question. But they’re not due until 2026, leaving plenty of time for the already loose plans to change. Right now they’re supposed to be small crossovers, with the rumor suggesting they’ll be manufactured wherever the most green incentives are available.

        As for their solid-state batteries, previous reports have made it difficult to trust anything. Just about every manufacturer is working on the technology and we’ve been hearing that a “major breakthrough” is right around the corner since roughly 2015. While I’m confident storage capacity will continue improving, I’m hesitant to believe there will be a time where solid-state hits and the EV landscape changes overnight. The technology itself seems to represent serious improvements in almost every metric (superior energy density, lower weight, wider temperature window, enhanced stability). There are some exceptions, however. Engineers are worried their high resistance levels will prohibit the kind of fast charging necessary for automotive applications and forcing them to take on energy may shorten their lifespan dramatically.

        • 0 avatar

          I’ve always thought that fast-charging any battery enough will cook it a lot sooner! The warning is there in our phones and laptops! Why should cars be any different?

          As someone on here stated yesterday, the fuel tank in an ICE vehicle doesn’t shrink over time!

          I pray that somebody comes to their senses on this! Perhaps Elon might be the one! EVs are not yet ready to take the place of ICE right now, nor will they be for the next fifteen years, unless a battery technology can be found which allows a vehicle with equivalent ICE range, and can last as long as an ICE powertrain while being able to recharge to 100% or thereabouts in around the same time it takes to gas up the equivalent ICE vehicle. Yes, you could slow-charge overnight at home, but that should be a bonus!

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            @sgeffe–Agree I don’t mind eventually getting an EV as my main vehicle when they are more competitive in price, have equivalent ICE range,and can last as long as an ICE power train with a much shorter recharge that makes it feasible for long distance traveling. In the meantime I will be driving my new hybrid Maverick and my wife’s CRV.

          • 0 avatar

            And, oh yes! That range should be in all climates and conditions, and any fire started as a result of either a catastrophic short in the circuitry, or because of a breach caused by damage such as a collision, should be able to be extinguished using normal firefighting methods. (IOW, the thing shouldn’t burn for DAYS, and should be stable enough to keep someplace like a..hmmm..residential garage!!)

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            I am going to keep an open mind on EVs and see what transpires in the future.

          • 0 avatar

            @ Jeff

            I don’t expect EVs to actually come down in price. I think that they will just continue to drag up the average transaction rate as they become more mainstream.

            The days of affordable personal transportation for all may be nearing an end.

      • 0 avatar

        “Nissan Murano, meet Honda Accord Crosstour.”

        “Ooh, Murano, I like you, let’s have a baby, and call it ‘Prologue”!”

      • 0 avatar

        Honda, if you value your life, run, don’t walk, from getting involved with GM.

        Just look at the fates of Oldsmobile, Geo, Acadian, Bedford, Saturn, Pontiac, Opel, LaSalle, Saab, Viking, Marquette, Oakland, Passport, Holden, Vauxhall, Alpheon, Daewoo, the NUMMI plant, Ravon, Asuna… it’s like some sort of horror movie about the evil corporation that spreads an awful, incurable disease that kills off car companies decade after decade after decade…

  • avatar

    That’s a “lifted Civic??!!”

    Try “Honda version of the Land Rover Evoque,” or “love child of CR-V and 1st-gen Chrysler 300!”

    I bet if I sat in the driver’s seat, I could see the top AND bottom of that windshield in my normal, and not peripheral vision!!!

    To say nothing of the side glass!!

    I wonder if this thing has a HUD for the view out the front??!!

    • 0 avatar

      I agree. I don’t see anything of a Civic in that. Looks closer to a smoothed out Pilot than a Civic. Maybe Honda will finally move away from its overwrought, origami car-wreck surface treatments for something a little calmer like the Honda e EV.

  • avatar

    Honda: The Power of Dreams — And Lobbying

    That link is one click away at the top of Honda’s home page:

    Dreamy Lobbying.

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