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Prologue, Honda's first EV, boasts new look and features: See cost, dimensions and more

Honda will unveil a new design theme it calls "neo-rugged" early next year, when its first electric vehicle, the five-passenger 2024 Prologue SUV, goes on sale. Long and low, the Prologue looks more like a sporty wagon than traditional SUVs like the Honda Passport.

Prologue prices will start in the upper $40,000s.

The Prologue shares its platform, electric motors, battery and more with the Chevrolet Blazer EV. There’s no visual similarity between the two, however, with the Blazer having more fluid lines.

The 2024 Honda Prologue electric midsize SUV is expected to go on sale in early 2024 with prices starting in the upper $40s.
The 2024 Honda Prologue electric midsize SUV is expected to go on sale in early 2024 with prices starting in the upper $40s.

Bigger than Passport or CR-V, no front trunk

The Prologue is longer, wider, shorter and slightly narrower than Honda’s Passport midsize SUV, which has the proportions of a more traditional SUV. It’s also about 8 inches longer and 5 inches wider than Honda’s popular CR-V compact SUV.

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One vehicle isn’t enough to reveal the defining characteristics of Honda’s neo-rugged look, but the Prologue’s exterior leans into horizontal lines, with a broad, level hood, flat front fenders, wide, narrow grille, and slim horizontal LED running lights and headlights. The low roof is similarly level, leading to a sharply angled rear window. The A-pillars and windshield display a consistent rake.

Honda’s Los Angeles studio designed the Prologue’s exterior.

2024 Honda Prologue EV gear selector
2024 Honda Prologue EV gear selector

The Prologue’s interior has plenty of head and leg room. A panoramic, power-opening sunroof with a retractable shade is standard on all models except for the base EX.

There’s no front trunk, but there's 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats – 57.7 cubic feet with them folded. The rear seat folds 60/40.

An 11.3-inch touchscreen controls many features, but there are conventional controls for volume and climate. The touch screen has the highest resolution of any Honda. Google built-in services provide web-based navigation and other features. The gear selector is mounted on the steering column.

Google and Apple maps can be projected onto the Prologue’s 11-inch instrument cluster.

Wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

The 2024 Honda Prologue electric midsize SUV comes with Google built-in, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The 2024 Honda Prologue electric midsize SUV comes with Google built-in, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in the 2024 Honda Prologue.
Wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in the 2024 Honda Prologue.

Why is GM building it?

Honda and GM have previously shared products and technology to fill gaps where one is more expert than the other. For instance, Saturn Vue SUVs used a Honda V6 for years.

Honda’s on the receiving end this time. GM was ahead in EV development so Honda engineers and designers worked with GM to get the Prologue and Acura-branded ZDX luxury EV from the same development program that produced GM’s Ultium batteries, electric motors, controls and the platform underpinning vehicles like the Blazer EV and Cadillac Lyriq.

Honda's Prologue will offer GM’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving system, under another name.
Honda's Prologue will offer GM’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving system, under another name.

In addition to those features, the Prologue will offer GM’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving system, under another name.

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Honda also is developing a family of EVs using its own batteries, motors and other technology. The first of those should hit the road in 2025. Honda says it will be a midsize to large vehicle.

The 2024 Honda Prologue electric midsize SUV is expected to go on sale in early 2024 with prices starting in the upper $40,000 range.
The 2024 Honda Prologue electric midsize SUV is expected to go on sale in early 2024 with prices starting in the upper $40,000 range.

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The automakers also are working together to develop a family of more affordable EVs. Details are scant, but they’re expected to go on sale in 2027.

Honda won’t confirm it, but it’s an open secret that the Prologue will be built in GM’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, plant. Ramos also builds the Blazer and Equinox EVs.

The Prologue’s interior has plenty of head and leg room. A panoramic, power-opening sunroof with a retractable shade is standard on all models but the base EX.
The Prologue’s interior has plenty of head and leg room. A panoramic, power-opening sunroof with a retractable shade is standard on all models but the base EX.

Why drivers might choose the Honda Prologue?

Bearing the trusted Honda name, the Prologue will have a built-in audience of buyers eager to switch to an EV. Expect waiting lists.

Working with GM gets Honda into the EV game at least a year faster than its internally developed vehicles would. It promises competitive range with access to a growing number of charging stations. Honda is participating in a seven-automaker initiative to add 30,000 DC fast chargers in the U.S. and Canada by 2030.

The 2024 Honda Prologue electric midsize SUV is expected to go on sale in early 2024 with prieces starting in the upper $40s.
The 2024 Honda Prologue electric midsize SUV is expected to go on sale in early 2024 with prieces starting in the upper $40s.

2024 Honda Prologue at a glance

  • 5-passenger electric midsize SUV.

  • Front- or all-wheel drive.

  • Price: Starting in the upper $40s.

  • On sale early 2024.

  • Power: FWD, not available; AWD, 288 hp, 333 pound-feet of torque.

  • Battery size: 85kWh.

  • Estimated range: FWD, 300 miles; AWD, not available.

  • Charging rate: Up to 155 kW.

  • Charging time: Up to 65 miles range in 10 minutes DC fast-charging.

  • Wheelbase: 121.8 inches.

  • Length: 192 inches.

  • Height: 64.7 inches.

  • Width: 78.3 inches.

2024 Honda Prologue trim levels

  • EX.

  • Touring.

  • Elite.

What are the Prologue’s top features?

  • Front- or all-wheel drive.

  • 85 kWh hour battery.

  • Projected 300-mile range for FWD models.

  • Google built-in.

  • Apple CarPlay.

  • Android Auto.

  • Hands-free highway driving assistant.

  • One-step sign-on and payment at leading charging networks, including Tesla.

  • CCS charge port at launch.

  • Switch to Tesla port later.

  • 19- or 21-inch tires and wheels.

  • Heads up display.

  • Power-opening panoramic sunroof.

  • Bose 12-speaker audio.

  • Up to 288 hp and 333 pound-feet of torque with AWD.

  • Four USB-C ports.

What will it compete with?

  • Chevy Blazer EV.

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E.

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5.

  • Kia EV6.

  • Nissan Ariya.

  • VW ID4.

Contact Mark Phelan: 313-222-6731 or mmphelan@freepress.com. Follow him on X @mark_phelan.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: First look at Honda Prologue EV 2024: Top features, price, dimensions