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The 2024 Honda Prologue looks slick, sort of rugged in the sketch

  • A sketch gives a first look at the styling of the 2024 Honda Prologue, a future electric SUV.
  • Honda says the Prologue’s streamlined design will feature a long wheelbase, short overhangs and “capable tires”.
  • The Prologue was developed in partnership with GM, which supplies Honda with powertrains and batteries.

    Judging by a sketch released today by Honda, the company’s next electric SUV won’t have a wild design. Instead, the 2024 Honda Prologue appears to have smooth surfaces with subtle hints of ruggedness.

    The sketch represents our first glimpse of what the prologue might look like, though some parts are clearly exaggerated for dramatic effect. The full-color artwork gives off strong anime vibes. Still, our eyes are drawn to the slender element that spans the upper half of the front end and surrounds the slender lighting elements. The chunky grille on the front bumper along with the fog lamps, lower cladding and visible roof rails wouldn’t look out of place on a Subaru or any modern crossover with adventurous aspirations.

    Honda says the Prologue’s design will incorporate a long wheelbase between short overhangs. The company also says the EV SUV will come with a “capable tire”. While a set of Firestone Destination LE 2 all-season tires, like those found on the Honda Passport TrailSport we tested, look aggressive, they certainly don’t have the same low rolling resistance as rubber on most vehicles. electrical. Perhaps to compensate for this, Honda also says it has focused on aerodynamics with the Prologue’s styling, with the obvious aim of maximizing efficiency but also reducing interior sound levels, which may be more noticeable when no combustion engine is making noise.

    For anyone who forgot or wasn’t already aware, the 2024 Prologue is part of Honda’s joint venture with General Motors. GM will share its Ultium battery platform, which underpins upcoming models including the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV. Honda will then design the bodies and interiors of vehicles like the Prologue; Acura will also have its own more luxurious version, which has yet to be publicly named.

    After the Prologue and its Acura counterpart hit the market, Honda will introduce new models based on the company’s own electric platform, called e:Architecture. These are expected to begin production in 2026. In 2027, Honda and GM will team up again to build and sell a “new series” of affordable electric compact crossovers. All of this culminates in Honda’s goal of selling 500,000 electric vehicles in North America by 2030 and fulfilling its commitment to sell only electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles by 2040.

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