A recent Honda trademark points to mysterious new EV.
After discontinuing the Clarity Electric, Honda no longer offers a single electric vehicle in the US. Beyond our borders, however, the story is much different. Other markets receive a stylish EV called the Honda e, a cute hatchback around the size of a Honda Fit. Honda's EV platform is ready for a sportier application, and the Japanese automaker has already teased what such a car could look like.
The Honda Sports EV Concept from 2017 showed off a retro-themed sports car with Honda e styling elements, and some leaked patent images (pictured below) previewed what looked like a "mid-engined" secret project that has yet to see the light of day. Though we still don't know what form it will take, we may know the name of Honda's upcoming EV.
Honda recently filed a trademark application with the USPTO for the name "Prologue" on April 8, 2021. The filing is pretty specific, covering "land vehicles, namely, automobiles, battery electric vehicles, and structural parts for the foregoing." Prologue seems like a cool name for the start of an electric sports car era, but it could easily cover a more mainstream EV.
We'd love to see something similar to the above patent images in the form of a mid-battery sports car. Honda previously showed off a similar car called the Sports Vision Gran Turismo (pictured below), but it was only drivable in the Gran Turismo video game series.
One final possibility could have the Honda Prologue looking like the Sports EV Concept (pictured below). Though this model isn't as exciting, it could serve as the first electric competitor to vehicles like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Subaru BRZ, and Toyota GR 86. No matter what form it takes, we'd expect this vehicle to borrow the Honda e drivetrain, which produces up to 154 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. Honda could increase the output with a larger battery or second electric motor to make the performance more exhilarating.