Honda Prelude -- Interior

9/15/2000 5:22:35 PM

The Prelude interior is upholstered and trimmed in black fabric and vinyl (a two-tone black and ivory version is standard on the Eucalyptus Green Pearl Prelude.

Front door and rear side linings have been redesigned so that they have a deaner, more luxurious look and a beverage holder is incorporated into the left rear-seat armrest. In addition, they incorporate side-impact protection.

The designers of the Prelude wanted to improve the ease of operation, quality and appearance of its instruments and controls. The instrument panel is completely new and has a sportier, more performance-oriented look. Sight lines to all controls and instruments are direct and unobstructed. All essential gauges, meters and warning lights are grouped in a central pod, directly in front of the driver. A side-by-side, full-circle tachometer and speedometer dominate the center of the pod and are flanked on either side by the coolant and fuel gauges. The Sequential SportShift gear-indicator light is located in the tachometer face. The directional signal lights, brake warning light, SRS status light, high-beam indicator, check engine light and seat-belt reminder are also located in the instrument pod. The instrument-panel visor extends farther out over the panel to help minimize glare.

The heating and ventilation controls are located high in the center console, where they can be easily reached by the driver. The 12-volt power outlet and stereo are also in the center console. The console is sloped, rather than vertical-faced, making access to the lower part easier. Below the AM/FM stereo is a space that will accept additional equipment, such as a hands-free cellular phone or CD player.

Power-window and power-mirror adjustment switches are now located in the drivers-door armrest. The inside door-latch handles have a larger radius, so that they can be easily grasped. A coin bin, cruise-control master switch, powermoonroof switch and panel dimmer are located just to the left of the steering wheel. As with the previous Preludes, the directional signal, headlight and wiper/washer controls are located on convenient stalks on either side of the steering wheel.

The steering wheel is a four-spoke design, incorporating a driver's-side airbag SRS. Cruise-control buttons are conveniently located on the steering wheel. The steering column is also adjustable for height.

The front-seat hip points have been raised 0.4 inches (10 mm) and a manual height adjustment on the driver's seat has a 1 inch (25 mm) range of adjustment.

All front and rear seating positions have retractable 3-point seat belts. The inboard front seat-belt anchor moves with the fore and aft adjustment of the seat, which makes for a better, more comfortable fit.

Two-door sports coupes, like the Prelude, can be difficult to get in and out of in parking lots, where it may be parked next to another vehicle. To improve accessibility in this area, Honda engineers redesigned the door opening area. When the door is opened 19.6 inches (500 mm, about the distance a driver would be able to open it in a cramped parking space) there is a 3.34-inch (85 mm) wider opening (measured from the side of the Prelude and the outer end of the door).

A large, locking bin-type glove compartment and a passenger's-side airbag SRS are located in the right side of the instrument panel, just in front of the passenger's seat. The glove-box capacity has been significantly increased (0.2 cu.ft.). Map pockets are incorporated into the front doors.

The center armrest incorporates a large two-level storage console. The upper level has a tray for small items, such as sunglasses, cards, etc., and also has two adjustable beverage holders. The upper tray is hinged and can be lifted for access to the larger lower storage compartment. An elastic strap built into the underside of the storage-bin lid will hold a garage door opener.

An lmmobilizer anti-theft system is standard on the Prelude. The system uses an Immobilizer control unit that disables the fuel-injection/ignition Electronic Control Unit (ECU). When the driver inserts the ignition key, the Immobilizer control unit interrogates a transponder in the ignition key with a radio frequency signal transmitted using the steering column lock as an antenna.

If the digital code stored in the ignition key matches the code stored in the Immobilizer control unit, then the unit enables the ECU and starter circuit.

A new digital code ("rolling code") is randomly selected every time the system is used. In addition, the system's short operating range gives further protection against scanners. An indicator lamp on the instrument panel lets the driver know that the immobilizer system has accepted the key.

The 130-watt (25 watt x 2 front--40watt x 2 rear), AM/FM Acoustic Feedback Sound System offers improved frequency response and less distortion. The system uses a microphone built into one of the rear speakers to sample the sound in the cabin. Then it compares the original electronic signal in the amplifier to the sampled sound. If it detects any distortion, it automatically corrects the electronic signal to compensate for it.

The antenna is built into the rear window, thereby eliminating the need for a fender-mounted antenna mast, with its additional complexity, vulnerability and wind noise.