The rumors have been swirling since around this time last year, but now it’s confirmed. Honda has revived the Prelude name on a new sports coupe boasting an electrified powertrain. While not a drop-dead stunner like the Mazda concept revealed earlier in the day, the Prelude is still a fairly decent design, as far as modern Hondas go.
To us, however, it looks more like a ninth-generation Accord Coupe than a Prelude. Preludes have always camouflaged their front-drive bones with long-hood, short deck proportions that would look more at home on a rear-drive car. The greenhouses tended to be set back, but the Prelude concept has a distinctly cab-forward design. Unlike the Mazda Iconic SP, which inherited design cues from several sports car models and generations, the Prelude doesn’t appear to have much Prelude DNA in it.
“The word ‘prelude’ means an ‘introductory or preceding performance’. This model will become the prelude for our future models which will inherit the ‘joy of driving’ into the full-fledged electrified future and embody Honda’s unalterable sports mindset,” CEO Toshihiro Mibe said during the unveiling.
“The Prelude Concept is a specialty sports model that will offer exhilarating experience that makes you want to keep going forever and extraordinary excitement you never felt before,” he continued. “In order to offer the “joy of driving” only Honda can realize, we are diligently progressing with development, so please keep your expectations high for this model.”
Honda did not disclose any concrete information about the car, but it’s likely a hybrid or PHEV version is in the works. Looking back, we should’ve predicted the Prelude from the moment the Prologue name was announced for Honda’s electric SUV.