Honda Passport Will Renew in Los Angeles

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 16, 2018

The new Passport, launching early next year, expands on Honda's award-winning light-truck lineup, joining the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot as Honda's fourth SUV and its sixth light-truck model, including the Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup.

That information won't be available until the Passport makes its official debut in Los Angeles on Nov 27. The sizing pegs it squarely as a rival to the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and soon-to-launch Chevrolet Blazer. The Passport, designed and developed in the USA, is expected to be about 6 inches shorter than the Pilot.

Remember the Honda Passport of the 1990s?

The original 1993 Passport was Honda's first SUV, although it wasn't really a Honda.

US sales of midsize crossovers have climbed 3.8 percent this year in an overall market that has expanded just 0.5 percent. The 2019 Passport will also likely share a platform with the larger Pilot as Honda revealed the new crossover SUV will be built at its Lincoln, Alabama, plant-also where the Pilot calls its production home.

Honda's US light-truck sales, up 5.3 percent this year, are on track to set a record for the fourth straight year, and exceed 700,000 for the third year in a row. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the USA were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda designed and developed the Passport in the USA, and it will enter production in Lincoln, Alabama, alongside the Pilot.

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