Honda's latest SUV revives a well-known name. Yes, the passport is back, and after the launch at the Los Angeles…
Honda’s latest SUV revives a well-known name. Yes, the passport is back, and after the launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018 a week, it will meet US showrooms early next year.
Passes on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, the same as the basis for the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck. It also uses the same V6 engine as its platform mate: a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-torque torque, geared to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Both front and four-wheel drive will be available, where the latter uses Honda’s four-stroke traction management system for improved failure and weather behavior.
The passport appears to be ready to turn the tracks. Known design signals clearly show this SUV ratio to Pilot and Ridgeline, but the Passport stands apart with a higher driving height, shorter rear wheels and standard 20-inch wheels.
With all-wheel drive, said Honda Passport can be towed up to 5000 pounds, which is enough for a small boat or camper or a pair of jet skis. For all your hashtag active lifestyles, Honda will launch a complete catalog of passport-specific accessories, including roof boxes; bicycle, kayak and ski rack; and also weatherproof protection for different parts of the cottage.
The suit will be offered in sports, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, with cloth or leather upholstery, and what Honda claims is leading passenger and cargo space. With the rear seat upright, the pass offers 41.2 cubic feet of load space, which expands to 77.9 with them folded.
On the infotainment front, the exclusive Passport trim features an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 7-inch TFT meter, similar to what we’ve seen in Pilot and Ridgeline. Other available network services include wireless charging, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and embedded navigation.
Each Passport will be equipped with the Honda Sensing series of security technology. Honda Sensing bundles, collision-proof braking, forward collision warning, road reloading, lane wreck warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. If it is still not enough to keep you calm, higher Passport trim levels will include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-section detection and parking sensors.
In view of American shopper’s appetite for all SUV stuffs, Honda is smart to add a new utility vehicle to its American lineup. Plus, it’s cool to see– sure fit, considering the passport’s most important rival, Chevy Blazer. Honda’s new SUV shifts between the compact CR-V and mid-mirror when sold early next year and should be appropriately priced between the two. Get ready for our first run of 2019 Honda Passport early next year.