Marcus De Guzman / Honda | January 31, 2018 15:32
Honda planning to revive Passport nameplate, could sit below the Pilot
It looks like Honda plans on reviving an old nameplate from the past. Apparently, the company will bring back the 'Passport' name for an all-new crossover that will slot between the CR-V and Pilot.
According to a report by Automotive News, the Passport will reportedly be 150mm shorter in length than the Pilot. In addition, the new Passport could share its platform with the Pilot albeit modified. When it hits production, it could go toe-to-toe with the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and other similarly-sized crossovers.
Other details about the supposedly revived Passport remain scarce. However, key persons that are close to the matter did mention that it will be shown at a private dealer meeting sometime in November. It may also make its world debut at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show although we are not sure if it will be a concept or a production car.
In review, the Honda Passport was a 'badge engineered' Isuzu Rodeo that essentially became one of the brand's first SUV offerings. It was sold from 1993 to 2002 and was available with an inline-four or a V6.
With crossovers continuing to lead market sales, it's no surpise Honda decided to add another crossover in their growing lineup. When officially launched, the all-new Passport will join the ranks of Honda's latest crossovers which include the BR-V and WR-V.