The 2024 Honda Prologue is a new electric crossover based on GM’s Ultium platform
Honda announced on Monday that an electric crossover it is developing on a platform sourced from General Motors will be called the Prologue and will begin selling in the United States as a 2024 model.
In a statement, Honda said the name was chosen to reflect that the new crossover will only be the first of several electric vehicles heading to US showrooms in the coming years. Honda aims to reach 40% electric vehicle sales in North America by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
While Honda is developing its own dedicated EV platform known as e:Architecture, for models launched from the second half of the decade onwards, the automaker will initially rely on the electric vehicle platform. GM’s Ultium and battery technology for the Prologue, plus an Acura crossover is also slated for the 2024 model year.
The Ultium platform supports a variety of vehicle types ranging from small cars to large pickup trucks, crossovers and SUVs, as well as horsepower over 1,000 hp. Ultium batteries are available in sizes ranging from 50 to 200 kilowatt hours, with the latter offering a range of over 400 miles.
Honda Prologue 2024
The first Ultium-based vehicle is the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup truck, which will go into production this fall.
GM will also be responsible for producing Ultium-based electric crossovers for Honda and Acura, while Japanese automakers will handle design and tuning. The Acura, expected to be the larger of the two crossovers, is expected to be built at GM’s Spring Hill manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where GM will begin production of the Ultium-based 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover at the start. of 2022. The Honda is expected to go into production at GM’s plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where the Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox are built.
Since their initial agreement, Honda and GM have further strengthened their ties in North America. The two also proposed an alliance last year in platform and powertrain sharing, as well as R&D, procurement and connected services. The two automakers have also been collaborating on fuel cells since 2013.
Honda is also a key investor in Cruise, the GM-controlled self-driving startup, and has been tapped to oversee the operation of Cruise’s first self-driving service in Japan. The timing of the service launch is unclear at this time.