Honda has talked about its EV collaboration with GM for a long while now, but today we finally get our first glimpse of something physical to come from it. And by physical, we mean a computer rendering.
This is the first official photo of the Honda Prologue, which Honda intends to launch in 2024. When it comes to seeing Honda products before they are officially launched in prototype or production form, this is a rather early sneak peek — Honda tends to keep its products close to its vest. Unfortunately, the single photo of the Prologue you’re looking at here is the meat of the news today. But even left at that, it allows us a neat little preview of this SUV.
The Prologue is the result of a collaboration between designers in Honda’s Los Angeles design studio and back in Japan. Conceptually, the idea was to make an SUV that looked modern and fresh, but also looks comfortable in a showroom of existing Honda vehicles. Honda says that aerodynamics were a huge focus of the project, because better aero means more range and reduced cabin wind noise. As a result, Honda says it ended up with simple, clean surfaces for its body lines.
“As the project leader for the exterior design of the Honda Prologue, it was very exciting to work with a young team of designers with new capabilities to create an SUV with clean, simple lines and a strong influence from our global EV models, including the Honda E,” said Jiro Ikeda, exterior design leader. “We balanced that with a neo-rugged look that you see in our current lineup, to ensure Prologue represents a true Honda EV.”
You’ll notice in the single photo that the Prologue has a long wheelbase, short front overhang and meaty-looking tires. There’s an opening for air to pass through the lower portion of the bumper, but there’s no dramatic grille. It has a relatively narrow black band of a shield that runs across the front of the car, and this piece contains both the headlights on the edges and the Honda…