Get a first glimpse of the sleek new Honda Prologue electric SUV that is slated to hit showrooms floors in 2024.
Honda has been the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959 with production numbers reaching 400 million. Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001 and is the 8th biggest automobile manufacturer in the world. Now Honda is stepping up to co-develop with General Motors to create its first electric SUV, the Honda Prologue. Take a look at the sleek new concept rendering below.
According to The Verge, the Honda Prologue will be the first of two vehicles that Honda is co-developing with General Motors, using the United States automaker’s Ultium battery packs. The other vehicle will carry the Acura nameplate and will also be developed jointly with GM, but the company isn’t releasing any other information about it at this time. The Honda Prologue, which is decked to hit showroom floors in 2024, also marks the beginning of a long list of thirty battery-electric, hybrid vehicles Honda says it is slated to release in 2023.
The electric vehicles will be built on a variety of specs and architectures that Honda is building, most will be built alongside General Motors. The Honda Prologue and Acura EV will be built on the General Motors Ultium platform, which is also powering the Detroit-based automaker’s Hummer EV pickup truck and Cadillac Lyriq SUV.
In order to build affordable EVs, Honda is working on an EV SUV that will coincide with the Honda E architecture that should be road-ready by 2026. Honda has set a huge goal of 60,000 Honda Prologue SUVs to be production-ready in the United States by 2024, another 70,000 SUVs in 2025, and a whopping 300,000 by 2026. The Vice President of sales for American Honda Motors, Mamadou Diallo says the company wants 40% of its total sales to be made up of fuel-cell and battery-electric vehicles by 2030, another 80% by the time we reach 2035, and 100% by 2040.
Images, like the one shown above, of the Honda Prologue, can be seen online as a tease to the public. With a sleek and simple design that matches the consumer fan favorite the Honda E city car. The Japanese-owned company is also listing specs that focus on the Honda Prologue’s long wheelbase and short overhang, or the length of the vehicle that extends beyond its wheelbase. The Honda Prologue was designed by a design team in Japan alongside the experts at the Honda Design Studio which is located in Los Angeles, California.
Diallo says, “We wanted to ensure that Prologue represents both a true Honda EV and something that would look right at home in the showroom right next to the rest of our SUV lineup.” The current lineup for Honda’s EVs is very limited compared to other automotive giants like Tesla but that is not stopping them from bringing new ideas to the drawing board. In the past Honda has felt a pinch in the EV world with the discontinuation of its Honda Clarity EV and the Honda E is currently only being sold in Japan and Europe. Honda and General Motors have high hopes for the Honda Prologue and expect sales to soar with the design and simplicity of use and the ease of driving the newest EV SUV to hit the road.