Honda introduced its first electric SUV in 2024, and despite not being a 100% Japanese product, it boasted enough features to be considered a genuine Honda.
Several automakers worked together to create and develop reliable, trustworthy electric platforms. This was made so they could lower development costs and speed up the process. Honda Prologue is a good example of how to do badge engineering since, despite showing the Japanese brand’s H logo, it was a crossover based on the Ultium platform developed by General Motors. Even though it wasn’t a competitor for the Chevrolet Silverado EV, it shared some of its underpinnings.
The car’s exterior revealed a front fascia dominated by a piano-black horizontal slat on the upper side where the brand’s logo took center stage. It was flanked by the LED headlights, which featured upper-mounted daytime running lights that doubled as turn signals. These looked like eyebrows, but they worked just fine for this mid-size crossover. Also, at the front, bystanders could notice the tall bumper fitted with a grille in the apron and flanked by vertical side scoops. From its profile, the Prologue looked sporty thanks to its slightly sloped-down roof and the ascending waistline that was curved up and ended onto the D-pillars. In addition, the raked-forward tailgate adorned with a roof spoiler created a dynamic image for Honda’s first electric crossover.
Inside, customers were greeted with a minimalist-looking interior but rich in features. At the front, the high-mounted seats sported medium bolstering, so they couldn’t be named as sporty. Between them, Honda placed a center console with two cup holders and a storage compartment under the center armrest. On the dashboard, atop the center stack, the automaker placed the touchscreen for the infotainment unit, but it featured a physical volume button. A second color display sat in front of the driver and provided information about the vehicle’s speed, energy efficiency, and navigation. Moreover, Honda also installed a head-up display that helped the driver keep their eyes on the road while still seeing information about speed and navigation. In the back, Honda installed a split-folding (60/40) bench seat that was good for three adults, although headroom was nothing to write home about. Behind them, the Prologue had a large trunk, which customers could expand by folding down the rear seats. There was no frunk.
Since it used the Ultium platform, the Prologue featured an in-floor mounted battery pack that fed the electric motors. The Japanese brand offered the crossover either as a front or as an all-wheel drive vehicle for selected markets. Another important detail for the Prologue is that it had independent suspensions in all corners, and Honda tuned the springs and dampers for a sportier feeling. After all, their car didn’t have to carry heavy loads, like the Silverado or the Blazer EV.
ENGINE SPECS - 85 KWh (288 HP)
|Total maximum power:||211.8 kw (288 hp)|
|Total maximum torque:||333 lb-ft (451 Nm)|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Tire Size:||255/60 R19|
|Length:||192 in (4877 mm)|
|Width:||78.3 in (1989 mm)|
|Height:||64.7 in (1643 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||66.1/66.3 in (1,679/1,684 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||121.8 in (3094 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||25.2 cuFT (714 L)|
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
|Nominal Capacity:||85 kWh|
|Range:||300 miles (482.8 km)|