Honda Passport Global Debut in Los Angeles

Andrew Cummings
November 18, 2018

Honda has confirmed the all-new Passport for LA Auto Show, bringing back a familiar nameplate after 16 years of absence. Honda hasn't released any details about the Passport yet, but says it will be "adventure-ready", "off-road capable", and that it was both designed and will be built in the US, right alongside the Pilot in Alabama.

The Japanese automaker was coy about any other details on the new vehicle.

The Passport will slot in-between the CR-V and the big Honda Pilot
The Passport will slot in-between the CR-V and the big Honda Pilot

From the single teaser video released today, it would appear that the Passport won't be afraid to go off the beaten path. Strong demand for the Honda Pilot has sales up more than 41 percent for the first ten months of 2018.

Set to slot in between the Japanese automaker's CR-V and Pilot models, what appears to be a three-row crossover borrows the name of what was Honda's first-ever utility vehicle, a five-door that was actually produced by erstwhile rival Isuzu and sold in the US under the Honda badge between 1993 and 2002. The new SUV Honda has is called the Passport, and it will sit between the CR-V and the Pilot in the Honda line. There will be some good reveals there, including the all-new Honda Passport. Honda will build the Passport alongside the Pilot in the company's Lincoln, Alabama plant, which suggests the two SUVs may share parts. We do know it will be available to purchase in early 2019.

This model will be Honda's fourth SUV and sixth light-truck model beside the Pilot, Odyssey minivan, and Ridgeline pickup, bridging the gap between leisure driving and "weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability".

It's been hit with the Passport badge, a name not seen since 2002.

Honda brand light-truck sales are on track for a fourth-straight record year, on the way to top 700,000 units for the third year in a row and accounting for more than half of the Honda brand's USA sales so far this year.

At that pace, the marque is on track to top 700,000 truck sales this year, another record.

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