The Prelude was a two-door sports coupe sold by Honda between 1978 and all the way until 2001. Unfortunately Honda ceased production in 2001 and since then they didn’t really seem to be interested in a successor. However, there are now rumors out there suggesting that a 2019 Honda Prelude is possible. It seems that this car would be part of Honda’s Acura division in the US and it will still be sold as a Honda in the rest of the world. The car is set to become their 3rd true sports car after the NSX and the upcoming ZSX.
Even though at this point there is still very little information, it seems the new Prelude might still be a front wheel drive car. All of its predecessors used this layout and it may still hold true for the new car. While this would make sense as it would provide continuity, we do expect Honda to offer the car with all wheel drive. This would give them an edge over some of their rivals and it would allow the Prelude to trump its rivals.The car will most likely be based on Honda’s newest modular architecture and it is safe to assume it will also use their latest engines.
The original was based on the Accord but had a completely different look. The upcoming 2019 Honda Prelude is expected to maintain its unique look over the Accord. In fact it looks like most people think the car is going to share some design cues with the more expensive NSX. This would actually make quite a bit of sense considering how Honda is currently struggling to come up with a sportier appearance for their cars. Expect it to boast slim headlights, a really angular design and a profile lower than the usual coupe. The car might also have its cabin pushed towards the back which would create a shooting-brake style. This would likely be quite appreciated as there are no real competitors when it comes to this type of design.
Here the car is more than likely going to have a very similar cabin to the Accord. Expect the two to share roughly the same dashboard design and set of features. However, the Prelude will likely boast slightly more impressive materials and a different seating layout. The car is expected to come with 4 individual seats with those in the middle getting a center console. This should boast things like AC vents, USB chargers as well as cup-holders.
2019 Honda Prelude engine and specs
The long hood rumored for a while would allow the 2019 Honda Prelude to have a front mid-mounted engine. This would be positioned behind the front axle which would give the car a perfect weight distribution. The engine is likely going to be one of Honda’s new turbocharged power plants. Some suggested the base model will come with a 1.5 liter turbo-four good for around 200 horsepower. A larger 2.0 liter turbo-four with up to 300 horsepower is also a real possibility. Both these engines are expected to be mated to a 6 speed manual in the base configuration and only to the front wheels. An all wheel drive model is also very likely. In fact we believe Honda will offer the all wheel drive in order to allow the Prelude to succeed in a rather crowded market. This will likely be offered only with the cars equipped with an automatic which will likely be their new 10 speed gearbox that proved to be one of the fastest and more responsive automatic in its class.
Release date and price
The release date is still unknown but at least a concept is expected by the end of 2018. Speaking about the price, it is too early to speak about it, but as soon as we find out we will inform you.
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