The rumors were true. In a few weeks, Honda will resurrect the Passport name for a new utility vehicle positioned between the CR-V and Pilot.
Honda has released a few teaser images of the Passport, though they don’t give us much to go on. The vehicle will undoubtedly be a unibody crossover like its bigger and smaller siblings, but the automaker assures the model will be capable of venturing off the beaten path.
“The new Passport is a more personal, powerful and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor and General Manager of the Honda Division, in a release.
If the Passport name seems familiar, you can pat yourself on the back. Honda sold the original Passport, essentially a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo, from model years 1994 through 2002. Shortly after discontinuing the Passport, Honda rolled out the more car-like and practical Pilot.
Expect the Passport and Pilot to have more in common this time around. A report from Automotive News earlier this year indicated the new Passport will ride on the same platform as the Pilot, although it will be 6 inches shorter. Honda designed and developed the Passport in the U.S., and it will enter production in Lincoln, Alabama, alongside the Pilot.