The 2024 Honda Prologue will likely handle a lot like a Chevy EV

Front view of the 2024 Honda Prologue

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Don’t expect electric battery Honda Prologue 2024built using General Motors Ultium architecture, to deliver a significantly different driving experience than GM’s EVs. That’s what Honda’s top brass told the media during a recent panel discussion on the next SUV.

Honda Senior Managing Director Shinji Aoyama seemed candid about the Prologue’s struggle to stand out in terms of on-road dynamics. “We are limited due to the base architecture,” he told reporters, per Engine1. “To differentiate [them] in terms of performance will be difficult.

Instead, the secret sauce – if you can call it that – will be in the look of the Prologue and what your hands will touch. It’s what the company relies on to make it feel like a Honda. “The design – the top hat – is where we will make our differentiation,” added CEO and brand president Toshihiro Mibe.

The honesty is somewhat refreshing to hear from industry players, as automakers have a habit of embellishing the differences in behavior of two cars that have a common provenance. Take the GR86 and BRZ, for example – a pair of rear-drive sports coupes that are far more similar than they are unique, despite Toyota and Subaru’s respective preferences in suspension tuning. Yeah, the GR86 is a bit happier and the Subaru is a bit more balanced, but having leads boththe chasm is hardly as deep as either would have you believe.

Of course, the Prologue being an SUV, its predisposition to spirited driving is less critical. Battery life and charging time are the types of performance metrics that matter here. It’s no surprise that the Prologue looks quite like a blazer Where Equinox EV behind the wheel, apologizing for the differences in packaging. It’s just a little surprising that Honda admits it so early.

This was a necessary tradeoff, however, for Honda to throw its “top hat,” as it were, into the EV realm here in North America. Electing to run with GM’s Ultium floorplan will allow Honda to have an electric SUV on the market while it keeps cracking on its own e: Architecture which will eventually power all of its cars. Since e:Architecture won’t ship in a Honda until 2026, the automaker needs a stand-in. The Prologue, as well as its Acura counterpartwill provide this palliative.

Even better, thanks to the steps that GM has already taken to base its manufacturing of electric vehicles and batteries for North America in North Americaboth SUVs should qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit under the Inflation Reduction Act. That probably won’t be the case with all of the Prologue’s competitors, at least not when it goes on sale.

The interior of the 2024 Honda Prologue.

The interior of the 2024 Honda Prologue…
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But could the design of the Prologue really make it unique enough from the GM package? From the outside, the Prologue doesn’t look like a Chevy product. (I think it’s a good thingbut to each his own.) on the insidethe line seems somewhat blurred.

The interior of the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer EV.

…and TThe interior of the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer EV. Doesn’t that steering wheel look familiar?
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The Prologue’s steering wheel – specifically the left and right spokes, and the buttons within them – is clearly taken from what you’ll find in the EV Blazer and Equinox. The same goes for its interior door handles and associated lock knobs. I’d expect the resemblance to carry over to the software and infotainment side of things; it’s all about electric vehicles anyway, isn’t it? But, again, we should have clearer answers in about a year and change.

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