Honda today announced the name of its first new volume battery-electric vehicle. It will be named “Prologue." No need to rush to the Honda shopping site to begin selecting your 'EX-L" trim in silver, Honda doesn't even have a rendering of this new EV yet.
Honda says this all-new SUV (aka crossover) will be coming to market in early 2024 and that the Prologue will be "highly competitive with the functionality expected by Honda customers." Looking for range, passenger volume, cargo capacity, or a profile? Don't be silly, this is an electric vehicle, which is required by law to have a multi-year marketing build-up.
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Since the vehicle is three years away and we have never seen an image and have zero information, let us guess what it will be like and in three years, we can look back and see how our guesses were:
Honda Prologue Size, Range, Price
Range Guess - 300 miles plus or minus 10% based on trim
Size and Shape Prediction - See Toyota BZ4X or VW ID.4. Every new BEV crossover is going to take this approximate shape and size for the coming five years.
Price Estimate - Will depend upon how much the tax incentives will pull the cost down for consumers. Our guess is $39K to $55K after any incentives. In today's dollars. If we are using wheelbarrows to haul hundreds to the store for bread in three years, just use an inflation calculator app to see how we did.
Spare Tire Yes or No? - Not on your life.
“Our first volume Honda BEV will begin our transition to electrification and the name Honda Prologue signals the role it will play in leading to our zero-emission future,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of American Honda. “The Prologue will provide our customers with a battery-electric SUV with the excellent functionality and packaging they’ve come to expect from Honda.”
Honda says that the company will also introduce an all-electric Acura-branded SUV in the 2024 calendar year. Both the Honda Prologue and Acura model will utilize GM/Honda's future global EV platform and be powered by GM's future Ultium batteries.
Honda is one of our favorite brands for many reasons. What do we expect from a new Honda BEV crossover? A comfortable vehicle that handles well, has better than average reliability, and can be purchased at a local retailer from inventory on the lot. What do you think of our predictions? Tell us in the comments below.
John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990 when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin