Honda recently released a first sketch of its highly anticipated Prologue crossover to the media. The model, which is the first foray into all-electric for the Japanese brand on North American soil, is co-developed with General Motors (GM) and will try to snatch sales from a competition that is gradually taking root with its electric offer. .
Designed in the automaker’s design studio in Los Angeles, the crossover has rather simple and efficient lines in appearance. The beefy appearance seems ensured by sculpted wings, but difficult to assess the proportions due to the ratio of the illustration. Like any electric vehicle built on an exclusive chassis, it takes advantage of a rather long wheelbase to promote habitability. This pushes the four wheels to the ends of the vehicle, which enhances its stability. As in any good self-respecting crossover, matte plastic moldings are present in the wheel arches and on the rocker panels.
Resulting from a partnership with GM announced two years ago, this Prologue will be based on a power unit and a battery developed by the American competitor. This obviously allows the very high costs associated with the design of these fundamental components to be shared. The Prologue will be marketed in 2024, two years before the arrival of creations developed on the new e:Architecture platform designed in-house. The last phase of this plan will be available through affordable models also prepared in concert with GM from 2027.
Honda estimates it can sell 500,000 electric vehicles in North America with this breakthrough. To support this shift, the dealerships will also be completely redesigned by presenting a more modern image. Interestingly, the brand makes it bluntly clear that it wants to keep stocks low. This suggests a migration to less physically imposing and more efficient concessionaires. The shortage of semiconductors will undoubtedly have forced the hand of manufacturers, who not so long ago kept an imposing number of static vehicles on their land, which inevitably generated costs.