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Honda Prelude revived as an electrified coupe

Tokyo Motor Show plays host to Honda’s Prelude Concept

Honda Prelude Concept

The return of the Honda Prelude sports car has come in the form of a new concept, revealed at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show

Honda President, Toshihiro Mibe, spoke of the Prelude Concept: “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.” 

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Very little has been revealed about the Prelude Concept at this stage. Auto Express understand that it uses a hybrid powertrain, but no technical details have been confirmed. As a hybrid two-door coupe, the Prelude Concept has few direct rivals although this isn't new territory for Honda with the CR-Z hybrid from 2010. 

Instead of the rounded, retro styling of the Honda e and the Honda Sports EV concept from 2017, Honda has given the Prelude Concept a modern look with some design elements shared with its new all-electric SUV, the e:Ny1

The front end features a light bar that connects the headlight clusters, which themselves don’t look too dissimilar to the e:Ny1’s. There's an air duct situated low on the front bumper, and vents behind the front wheels. Unlike the Honda e, the Prelude Concept uses physical wing mirrors, but it does get flush-fitting door handles. 

At the rear there’s another full-width light bar, plus a small spoiler. Overall, the Prelude Concept looks pretty much production-ready from the outside, although Honda hasn’t revealed a release date for the car yet. 

Honda tells us to "keep our expectations high" for the new Prelude. If it does make production, it would be the sixth-generation of the sports car, while the last model phased out in 2001.

Now find out the latest from this year's Tokyo Motor Show here...

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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