New Honda Passport In The Works, Could Debut In November

The Honda Passport went out of production nearly 16 years ago but a new report is indicating the company will revive the moniker on an all-new crossover.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Automotive News is reporting Honda will use the Passport name on a new crossover which will be positioned between the CR-V and Pilot. Little is known about the model but the publication says the crossover will be approximately six inches shorter than the Pilot and compete with models such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.

Honda declined to confirm the report but the Passport will reportedly debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November before going on sale in the United States in 2019. The model is expected to be based on the same platform that underpins the Pilot and will likely be built alongside the model in Lincoln, Alabama.

Given the similarities between the Passport and Pilot, it is possible the crossover will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp (208 kW) and 262 lb-ft (354 Nm) of torque. In the Pilot, the engine can be connected to either a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing remains unconfirmed but the CR-V starts at $24,150 while the Pilot begins at $30,900. This likely means the Passport will be cost between $26,000 and $28,000.

Thanks to CarScoops reader Tony for the pictures

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  • Let’s hope they improve the interior…the Pilot’s is horrible and low grade…they need to upgrade as in the new Accord…

  • Research Janitor

    Did Isuzu design it for them?

  • Harry Nimmergut

    This is a stupid move on Honda’s part. The Pilot isn’t really that large and many growing families need something a bit larger, so they ditch Honda. Honda could be raking in bigger bucks if they had a crossover a bit larger than the Pilot and not wasting $ on this tweener.

    • IFDU

      I have to disagree about the size of the Pilot. I sat in one recently when I was in the market for another SUV, and when I turned around to look in the back seat it felt like I was inside the driver seat of a school bus. This tweener is definitely much needed.

      • Harry Nimmergut

        See my replies to other comments below.

    • Rocket

      The Edge, Murano, Grand Cherokee, Sorento, et al prove there is a sizable market for utilities in the 190” range. As long as Honda doesn’t repeat the mistakes they made with the Crosstour, this will do well.

      • Harry Nimmergut

        The Grand Cherokee and the Sorento are Pilot competitors in size. The ONLY competition for a new Passport would be the Edge, Murano and Santa Fe Sport, none of which are big sellers. Compact SUVs have grown so much in size that a Passport would offer miniscule amounts of additional cargo room over the bloated CR-V.

        • Rocket

          You’re suggesting that nobody cross-shops the Grand Cherokee with those other models? You’re wrong, pal. I’ve done it myself.

          Not sure why you’re not grouping the Sorento in with the others. It’s only 187″ long with 2 rows standard. It will have three rows standard next year for classification purposes, but you can bet the third row will be folded the majority of the time for most owners.

          Regarding the CR-V, it’s not the size or passenger space that’s the problem, it’s the refinement. Or rather, a lack of it. That it doesn’t offer anything more powerful than the 1.5T doesn’t help, either.

        • IFDU

          Ford Edge sales 2017: 142,603
          Nissan Murano sales 2017: 76,732
          Hyundai Santa Fe sales 2017: 133,171
          Kia Sorento sales 2017: 99,684
          —–Honda Pilot sales for 2017: 127,279 ——
          They may not be large numbers, but they are large enough to keep a segment circulated.

          The Edge literally outsold the Pilot last year. There is room for a tweener like I stated earlier. The only logical reason for this is if Honda makes this a more premium offering (more comfortable than the CR-V and smaller/sportier than the Pilot) which has basically been the point of this segment anyway. A segment Toyota hasn’t been successful in either. I’m sure Honda will take a different approach with this than the Crosstour for instance I believe. At least Honda decided to try again.

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          Wait, the bloated CR-V?

          Harry, the CR-V has grown by less than 3.5″ since the first generation debuted in Japan for MY1996. That’s hardly growing at all, look at how much the Accord, or Camry have grown since then.

      • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

        So, Honda’s giving the Passport the exact same treatment as the new Insight then…

        New Insight = Civic Hybrid
        New Revival Passport = Crosstour successor

        Good to know I guess….

        …now I’m wondering whether Toyota brings back the Venza or not……

    • TheHake

      The Pilot is HUGE! What should they build? A Suburban?

      • Harry Nimmergut

        Yes. But better a Traverse. Yes, the Traverse is considered LARGE, the Pilot midsized. Toyota has the Sequoia, Nissan the Armada…

        • TheHake

          In other words a Juggernaut…

    • MarketAndChurch

      I think their minivan meets the audience you’re talking about. I think that’s what Honda is thinking, too. The Pilot is based on the Odyssey, and I don’t think they can grow that platform any bigger.

      • Harry Nimmergut

        Most folks won’t be caught dead in a minivan anymore.

    • Smart person

      You are an idiot and clearly know nothing about the segment.

    • Luc Helterbrand

      Stop having so many damned kids and treating them like they are kings that need acres of space in between them. The Pilot is big…the suburban and navigator and escalade are ridiculous and wasteful.

      • Harry Nimmergut

        While the Pilot is not my market (if I bought an SUV it would be a compact), three of my neighbors, in the past year, traded ’07-’10 Odysseys for the following: 2 Suburbans and a Traverse. And complained about the Pilot being WAY too small. Just sayin… Yes, they all load up with half of the kids toys whenever they go anywhere. And the stroller(s), etc.

        • Luc Helterbrand

          lol…its just awful…when i was a kid…my mom being 4′-11″, we had SMALL cars…but we had six kids…but my sister and i would have to ride in the boot of the hatchback. VERY SAFE not! but we all fit! of course those were the days before mandatory seat belt wearing and so on. Blah blah blah…rantings of an old man. lol

  • krusshall

    Stop showing pictures of a camouflaged Pilot.

    • Althea Later

      I know… right? Like… it’s going to be so exciting, distinctive and trendsetting… we have no clue what it’s going to look like…

    • Harry_Wild

      I want more pictures of the Honda Passport! Keeps me informed and that way avoid buying a crossover/SUV that I don’t necessary really want before the Passport gets release.

  • TheHake

    I probably won’t have low range like the original Passport. 🙁

  • MarketAndChurch

    Great proportions. I see this outselling the Pilot, or getting just as many sales.

  • Althea Later

    I hope it comes in grey… with a grey interior

    • Harry_Wild

      Black and black with a blackout package that has black chrome, badging and wheels too!

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Weel, we know one thing for sure. This site is overpopulated with Honda fanboys. Not me…later, much later.

    • Harry_Wild

      Don’t hurry back!

  • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

    So….. instead of bringing it back as a 4Runner direct rival…..

    ….it’ll be back as a successor to the Crosstour apparently?

  • Herman Johnson

    Good move on Honda’s part. If by those pics, this will be more of a Grand Cherokee competitor and not that hideous Murano.

  • Harry_Wild

    I been patiently waiting for the release of the second generation Honda Passport. I want a two row crossover that is wider – 78″, around 188″ in length and is more masculine then the current Pilot which looks like a minivan to me! The earlier Pilot was great looking but was under power. I will buy the Passport if it is boxy looking, otherwise I will wait for the Bronco, Blazer and FJ Cruiser while test drive the Edge ST!

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