Honda on Wednesday released a teaser for its own Prologue electric crossover SUV, which is scheduled to go on sale in 2024.
The Prologue will be Honda’s first massive EV for the North American market (Honda previously mentioned an estimated sales of 70,000 units per year), and the first Honda EV to be sold here after Clarity Electric was discontinued after the 2019 model year.
While Honda is developing its own special EV platform called e: Architecture, the Prologue will be based on the Ultium component kit from General Motors. So will the companion Acura model also scheduled for release in 2024. The Acura EV is expected to be built together with the Cadillac Lyriq at GM’s plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and the Prologue is expected to produce at GM’s plant in Ramos Arispe, Mexico.
Honda Prologue 2024
The underlying architecture may come from GM, but Honda noted in a press release that the exterior style was the product of its own design studios in Los Angeles and Japan. Teams on opposite sides of the Pacific have used virtual reality technology to continue the project despite coronavirus-related limitations.
The teaser image shows a fairly common shape of the SUV, but Honda said that special attention was paid to it aerodynamics to reduce cabin noise. The lack of an engine makes wind noise more noticeable in EVs, the automaker noted.
Following the launch of Prologue, Honda plans to begin production of cars based on its own e: Architecture in 2026. A line of available EVs based on an additional architecture developed in conjunction with GM as part enhanced cooperation between the two companies will take place in 2027. Worldwide, Honda plans to release 30 EVs by 2030, including two sports cars.