Honda has finally unveiled its first all-electric vehicle in North America, the 2024 Prologue. As the name implies, it marks the beginning of a new series of zero-emission vehicles to be launched between now and 2030. We already know about the second—a three-row midsize SUV coming in 2025 based on Honda’s dedicated EV architecture.
The Prologue, meanwhile, was developed as part of a partnership with General Motors, so it rides on the Ultium platform and battery. What’s more, production will take place at GM’s Ramoz Arizpe assembly plant in Mexico, alongside the Chevrolet Blazer EV and Equinox EV.
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More specifically, here are five things you need to know about the 2024 Honda Prologue:
Size and Space
Standing about 18 cm longer than the popular CR-V—including nearly 40 cm of extra wheelbase—yet 4 cm lower, the Prologue offers seating for five with plenty of room. We’re talking about 3,877 litres of interior space, with a notably larger front-to-rear-seat tandem distance than the Passport.
The trunk is not particularly big, however, with 714 litres of cargo volume when the 60/40-split rear seats are up. If you fold them down (not completely flat, sadly), capacity will increase to 1,634 litres. Hidden space under the cargo floor adds another 14 litres. A power tailgate with hands-free access is available.
Trim Levels and Content
Honda Canada will offer the Prologue exclusively in a dual-motor AWD configuration with three trim levels—EX, EX-L and Touring. The first two ride on 19-inch wheels, while the Touring features 21-inch alloys, the largest ever fitted on a Honda. The six available exterior colours include Scarlet Red Metallic and Pacific Blue Metallic.
Standard content includes two-tone cloth seats, an 11-inch digital instrument cluster and 11.3-inch HD touchscreen with Google built-in (Google Assistant, Google Maps and more via Google Play). EX-L and Touring models get leather seats.
Safety is covered by the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies, including the automaker’s first applications of Rear Cross Traffic Braking, Blind Zone Steering Assist and available Rear Pedestrian Alert.
The Prologue’s dual motors combine to generate an estimated 288 horsepower and 333 lb-ft. of torque. While it is built on a GM platform, the multi-link front and rear suspensions have been optimized by Honda engineers to deliver the sporty and pleasant driving experience that Honda customers are familiar with.
The automaker says custom-tuned Active Sound Control adds to the emotion of driving by creating a seamless acceleration feel through the repetition of pleasant and expansive low- to high-frequency sounds linked to the vehicle’s acceleration and deceleration. The available Sport mode creates an even more engaging driving experience with quicker throttle and steering response, firmer steering, increased braking power and other enhancements.
Battery and Charging
As mentioned earlier, the 85kWh lithium-ion battery motivating the Prologue comes from GM. Maximum range is claimed to exceed 450 km, which is right on par with the best AWD-equipped competitors.
Charging on the go will be quick and convenient with DC fast charging at rates up to 155 kW. The Prologue can regain over 100 km of range in about 10 minutes. Battery preconditioning is included to reduce charge times.
Remember, Honda recently entered a joint venture with six other major automakers to create North America’s leading high-speed charging network, trumping Tesla’s Superchargers. The goal is to deploy 30,000 charge points at 1,350 charging stations by 2030. The first stations will open next year in the U.S., followed shortly thereafter in Canada.
Pricing and Availability
Pre-orders for the 2024 Honda Prologue have already begun on honda.ca with the first deliveries slated for spring 2024. The vehicle will be available in select provinces including British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec with a base MSRP in the mid-$60,000s.
That’s not really surprising since Honda products are usually more expensive than most, but the sad part is that the Prologue won’t be eligible to the $5,000 EV rebate from the Canadian government since it will start at more than $60,000. Provincial rebates will apply, though.