Honda will focus on hybrids, then EVs

Honda has been dogged by one of the tightest vehicle inventories in the industry among automakers that continue to report, but it continues to prioritize those launches.

Later in 2022, the redesigned Pilot will go on sale and a redesigned Accord will follow in early 2023. ninth generations, is yet to come.

In 2024, Honda will launch an all-electric compact crossover, the Prologue, which it will build with General Motors. The Prologue represents the first of three phases in the brand’s aggressive goal to produce 500,000 electric vehicles in North America by 2030. The second is a rollout of electric models built on Honda’s e:Architecture platform. in 2026, and the third is a series of “EVs” based on a new architecture co-developed with GM in 2027.

Honda has been slower to tackle full electric vehicles, but aims to introduce 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2030.

Prologue: When released in 2024, the Prologue electric compact crossover will use GM’s Ultium platform and batteries. But its exterior was developed by the Honda Design Studio in Los Angeles with influence from a Japan-based design team. Honda will also design the interior. According to a digital rendering, the Prologue mixes clean lines with a long wheelbase, short overhang and assertive stance. This kind of adventure-focused styling will make it competitive against rivals in the best-selling compact crossover segment.

It will fall between the compact CR-V and the mid-size Passport. The front fascia will set the tone for other electric vehicles.

e:EV Architecture: Honda has targeted 2026 for the launch of its e:Architecture platform that will underpin larger electric vehicles for North America.

EVs co-developed by GM: Honda is silent on the cadence of electric vehicles to follow from 2027, but Honda and GM said they are collaborating on a mid-size electric vehicle platform to bring “affordable electric vehicles” to the masses who will be ” mostly crossovers.

Ridge line: Honda’s only all-wheel-drive pickup is still in its second generation and continues through the 2023 model year without change. Honda refreshed the Ridgeline in 2021 and gave it a facelift from the front A-pillars, including a flatter hood, square nose and the same vertical grille that trickles down the light-truck lineup.

The Ridgeline will likely get a mild-hybrid powertrain as part of a refresh in 2024, then get a complete redesign in 2028.

Pilot: The three-row crossover will get a redesign for the 2023 model year. It will be unveiled in October and go on sale at the end of this year. For the 2022 model year, Honda added an entry Sport trim and the more capable TrailSport. Honda said the TrailSport will play a bigger role in the brand’s future, but didn’t say how.

Spy photos indicate the redesigned Pilot will look more like the five-seat Passport that was redesigned for the 2022 model year with styling that Honda says reflects its true capability. The Pilot will also sport the vertical grille. Its boxier shape moves it away from minivan territory and looks more Ridgeline-compliant from the A-pillar forward.

The redesign is expected to ride on Honda’s new global light-truck platform that debuted with the 2022 Acura MDX. It’s possible the Pilot will also adopt the MDX’s longer dash-to-axle ratio, with a longer hood and what Acura calls a more upscale “cabin-aft” design.

The Pilot’s 3.5-liter V6 engine will likely be replaced by a new 10-speed automatic transmission, also featured on the MDX.

A larger variant of the Pilot XL is expected to debut in the second half of 2025.

Passport: The midsize crossover was redesigned for the 2019 model year, and it received a mild exterior refresh from the A-pillar forward for 2022. The Passport remains unchanged through 2023 and goes on sale this fall. Its next redesign, due in 2025, could come with a mild-hybrid powertrain.

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