Honda Prologue electric SUV rendered as a production model

Electric SUVs are a hot ticket right now, but Honda hasn’t cashed in yet since it only sells one model, the Honda e, which is a small hatchback that’s not available in the US. The Japanese automaker isn’t developing its own bespoke EV architecture like most of its rivals, instead opting for General Motors’ Ultium to underpin the new Prologue BEV high rider, its first foray into this burgeoning market segment.

The Prologue has been teased before, and its design is about as traditional as it comes these days. It still looks quite different from the CR-V or the Passport, but it will definitely blend into the Honda showroom floor – they really haven’t tried to make it look like an electric vehicle, like the rivals of Tesla or Hyundai did with the Model Y and Ioniq 5.

The teaser shows off most of the Prologue’s front and side design, but its proportions aren’t quite right, nor are a few other details. Electric TopSUV showed us their take on what the production model might look like, tweaking the stretched proportions to make it look more like a traditional SUV and they also made the headlight design more production-like, as well as the mirrors more big.

Unless Honda actually kept the proportions of the vehicle in the teaser sketch for production, which would mean it would look a lot like another GM crossover built on the Ultium platform, the Chevrolet Blazer EV, then this rendering is a fairly accurate representation of what the Prologue series will look like. Both vehicles appear to have their charging port located in roughly the same location, hinting at their shared platform.

The Prologue will probably not be made by Honda. GM will handle production, and while nothing official has been made public, rumor has it that the Honda SUV will be built in Mexico. The automaker’s plant in Ramos Arizpe reportedly began retooling in March this year to be ready to assemble the new model.

Honda has said it wants to eventually resume production, but even if it moves to one of its own facilities in North America, the Ultium batteries will still come from GM. The automaker is also pursuing a partnership with tech giant Sony, which has automotive ambitions and the two companies believe they’re better off together; it wants to sell 800,000 electric vehicles a year in North America by 2030.

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