Honda will introduce a completely new crossover SUV at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. More precisely the Japanese car manufacturer is bringing back the Passport nameplate. We are not surprised, though. No, because we’ve managed to catch a testing prototype of what has been reported to be the 2019 Honda Passport earlier this year. Back then, the camouflaged model didn’t provide too many details regarding exterior design, but it’s different now.
Yes. Honda released a teaser video of its new SUV ahead of the debut. As far as we can see, the Passport will pick up a number of similar styling cues from the larger Pilot. Of course, the iconic Pilot will be larger than the Passport, but, on the other hand, the Passport will have a larger footprint than the CR-V. The newcomer will not only share the design with the bigger Pilot. Since it is going to be built at the same plant, the 2019 Passport SUV will probably share parts and platform with the iconic three-row model. Speaking of rows, it’s very likely to see an optional third row of seating inside of the new crossover SUV. Also, the vehicle will host Honda’s latest infotainment features, as well as the newest safety aids.
We are pretty sure that the 2019 Honda Passport is going to use the automaker’s popular V6. Yes, the same one mill that powers the current Pilot and develops 280 horsepower. The unit will be mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, but we expect a 9-speed gearbox as an option.
Truth to be told, the teaser reveals just a pair of unique taillights and nothing else concrete, so we have to wait some 10 days until we find out everything about the SUV including price and release date.