Driving Into the Future: 2024 Honda Prologue EV

Driving Into the Future: 2024 Honda Prologue EV

The new 2024 Honda Prologue is heading our way, but we still don’t know much about it. This Honda electric SUV should begin reaching customers in early 2024.

The new Prologue is the result of a partnership between Honda and GM to develop and build a Honda-branded electric SUV using the GM Ultium platform. This platform first appeared in the GMC Hummer EV, but the Prologue is much smaller and built to be similar in size to the new Chevy Blazer EV. Let’s learn a little about this new Honda EV, mostly because Honda only offers small bites of information for us to chew on.

As the name suggests…

The new Prologue is just that; it’s the beginning of the story, the preamble, and the introduction all in one. Partnering with GM enables Honda to get its proverbial feet wet with the Prologue and an Acura-branded electric SUV. When Honda brings a new family of electric vehicles, slated to arrive later in the decade, these models should ride on the in-house developed EV platform called e: Architecture.

Although a prologue to the next phase of Honda EVs, sales expectations are pretty strong. Honda expects to sell 60,000 models in 2024, which is pretty ambitious.

What do we know?

Pricing and tax credit

The new Honda Prologue should come with a starting MSRP in the upper $40,000 range, making it relatively affordable. Because it rides on the GM Ultium platform, the Prologue should qualify for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit. This tax credit will make the Prologue much more affordable, especially for customers who can take full advantage of the credit.

Trims and size

Where does the new Prologue fit into the electric SUV market? This new Honda EV fits in the market with the new Cadillac Lyriq and Chevrolet Blazer EV. The Honda EV rides on the same version of the Ultium platform as these GM products and has a wheelbase measuring 121.8 inches long. This makes the Prologue a midsize SUV.

When it first arrives, three trims will be offered for this Honda EV. These trims are EX, Touring, and Elite. If you want to understand how these three trims will be equipped, look at the differences among these trims in current Honda vehicles. FWD and AWD will be available for this new Honda SUV.

Battery power and driving range

The first run of Honda Prologue electric SUVs will use an 85-kWh battery pack, the same as what’s found in the Chevy Blazer EV. The 102-kWh battery isn’t available at the start but could become available later. In the base EX FWD model, the setup should return 300 miles of driving range, while AWD models will likely offer slightly lower figures.

This new Honda EV will likely include an 11-kW on-board charger, capable of charging external devices and other electric vehicles. Recharging the Prologue’s batteries should go quickly thanks to its 155-kW charging capability at DC fast chargers.

Where can you charge the Prologue?

This new Honda electric SUV will come with up to $750 in charging credits at EVgo chargers, along with a 60-kWh charging credit at Electrify America. The available charging port offered is a CCS1 model, but in 2025, this SUV will change to the NACS charging port, which is compatible with the Tesla Supercharging network. At this time, a NACS to CCS1 adaptor will be available for existing models only using the CCS1 port. This means the Prologue will be able to use more chargers once the NACS port and adapter are available.

Not Honda’s first EV

The new Honda Prologue isn’t Honda’s first EV, which was the Clarity. Unfortunately, the Clarity sedan was too restrained and underwhelming to last very long. Honda expects the Prologue to carry the brand until the in-house EV platform has been developed. On the Acura side, the same goes for the new ZDX electric SUV.

Can this new Honda EV be fun to drive?

Using the GM Ultium platform means this new Honda electric SUV could be a lot of fun to drive. The GMC Hummer EV rockets to 60 mph in only three seconds using the Watts to Freedom launch control system. The Prologue could be fun in the AWD dual-motor models, but that’s still to be seen.

Still, this new Honda SUV cuts a pretty picture with a sporty profile and large wheels that range from 19 to 21-inches. Will this new Honda electric SUV be the vehicle you drive every day, or will you wait to see what else Honda has to offer later in the decade?

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