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Honda Teases a Passport That’s a Real Honda

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The area between compact and midsize crossovers, automakers have found, is ripe for the creation of a wholly new phase. A tweener, primarily, that bridges the hole with two rows of seating however extra cargo room, energy, and (typically) luxurious than a compact can muster.

Ford discovered this way back with its Edge, and Basic Motors lately found it with the reborn 2019 Blazer. Nissan’s Murano stakes out the identical floor, positioning itself as the marginally upscale various to the Rogue and Pathfinder. Then there’s the previous Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, now simply Santa Fe. To not miss out on a chance for giant crossover bucks, Honda’s getting ready to enter the fray with a new iteration of the Passport.

In contrast to the Passport that got here earlier than, there’s no Isuzu hiding beneath these garments.

We discovered concerning the mannequin’s looming return final yr, however full specs gained’t be obtainable till Nov. twenty seventh, the day earlier than its LA Auto Present debut. At the least there’s one thing to take a look at now, as Honda teased some camo-free photographs Thursday. Unmasked, perhaps, however cloaked by distance and mud. The automaker offered a video, seemingly shot at 500 ft, of the vehicle carving a path up a filth mountain street, by no means as soon as offering a entrance or aspect angle.

What a tease.

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The unique Passport noticed Honda take an Isuzu Rodeo and spend little or no time turning it into a simply-in-time SUV providing. Launched for the 1994 mannequin yr, it survived by way of two generations till its demise in 2002. This mannequin dispenses with yesterday’s badge engineering BS, nevertheless, preferring an in-home platform (a shortened model of the Pilot’s) to go together with its 5-seat cabin.

Honda doesn’t give us a lot to go on, however it’s anticipated that the powertrain will even be a Pilot carryover. Meaning a three.5-liter V6 making 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque mated to a six- or 9-velocity automated, although it wouldn’t be shocking to see Honda drop a turbocharged on this rig, as nicely.

With gross sales of even nicely-regarded passenger automobiles dropping quick, including a new, excessive-margin entry to the corporate’s mild truck lineup can be a boon for Honda. By way of October, complete Honda model car gross sales fell 9.eight %, with a 14.eight % yr-over-yr dip recorded final month. In the meantime, mild truck quantity rose 5.three %, yr so far.

The 2019 Honda Passport launches early subsequent yr.

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