We know Honda plans to bring back the name of the passport, but now a new report claims some details about the upcoming model. The new two-line divider is expected to be inserted between the CR-V and the Pilot to compete with models such as Nissan Murano and Ford Edge.
A person familiar with the situation told Automotive News that the carmaker will show a new passport at the Honda dealership conference in November and release it in early 2019. The source also told Automotive News that the passport may be at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. However, a spokesman for Honda said auto makers have not confirmed any details about the vehicles, and any details are merely speculation.
Originally produced from 1994 to 2002, the passport is a renovated Isuzu enclosure. On the other hand, the new passport is expected to be on the same platform as the Pilot, but should be 6 inches shorter. It can be assembled at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama plant, which makes three models: Pilot, Ridgeline and Odyssey.
If confirmed, the passport will become Honda’s fourth-largest member of the U.S. cross-border squad, with the exception of HR-V, CR-V and Pilot. This should give the brand more products in the US market, which currently favor crossovers, trucks and other multipurpose vehicles. In 2017, Honda’s crossover lineup increased by more than 5% over 2016. Overall light truck sales increased 4.2%, while car sales fell 2.5%.