2017 Honda Prelude: rumors claim the relauch of the series
The first Honda Prelude started life all the way back in 1978, the last Prelude rolled off the production line approximately 15 years ago, back in 2001. It was a 2+2 based on the Honda Accord but with a sportier body and mechanicals.
In terms of Honda sales, it never really hit the mark; selling just over 826,000 worldwide in the 20+ years it was in production (although some manufacturers would no doubt love those sorts of numbers), it even had a brief outing as an F1 safety car at the Japanese Grand Prix in ’94.
Honda have remained very tight lipped about any new model of Prelude, we’ve seen concept cars that could potentially be the new Prelude, but as yet, Honda have announced nothing.
This of course leads to wild speculation, we’ve tried to bring together the most likely of those scenarios.
2017 Honda Prelude Release date
Depending on what you read, some sources say that the new Prelude could be with us as early as 2017, others are adamant that we won’t see full production until 2020. However, if Honda do indeed use the concept car as the base, there is a good potential that we could see an unveiling in 2017, with production happening in 2018.
2017 Honda Prelude release date: 2017-2018
2017 Honda Prelude Price
As you’d expect with little information, speculation over prices is wild, that’s if Honda even put it into production. We’d expect to see the new Prelude hit the dealerships for around $34,000, putting it in the same price range as its competitors.
2017 Honda Prelude Interior
The cabin will be trimmed with leather, possibly with aluminum or composite accents, something to give a sporty look and feel. Of course, tech will be packed in – expect USB ports, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, touchscreen infotainment system and the like.
2017 Honda Prelude Redesign and Changes
Of course, this isn’t so much as a restyle; the model went out of production fifteen years ago, so a clean sheet design. We’ve seen renderings of potential styling and of course there is the concept model, but expect to see an aggressive style, large air intake in the front fender, LED headlights, low-slung front end and large wheels.
2017 Honda Prelude Specs
Surprisingly, it’s under the hood that may hold least surprises; Honda are expected to use a motor from their current line-up. More than likely, it will be 2.0 liter VTEC with turbocharging, giving 314 BHP and 295 lb/ft of torque with power being sent to a 6-speed manual transmission from Civic Si.
We’ve heard of the possibility of a 3.5 liter V6 engine, running a 6 or 8-speed auto transmission, but nothing more than that – there is nothing to back up the rumor.