The Honda Passport first debuted back in 1994 after the carmaker has discontinued it in 2002. However, lately, we could hear the rumors about its comeback which appear to be true. The brand-new 2019 Honda Passport has recently been spied under the heavy camouflage. But despite the coverings, we could see that the Passport will be inspired by the Pilot model. They will also share the same platform but the Passport will be slightly shorter. Inside the cabin, we also expect similar design, however, the new Honda will come with two-row seating configuration. Under its hood, the Passport will most likely get the same V-6 powertrain which is also found in the Honda Pilot.
Engine and performance of the 2019 Honda Passport
Under the hood of the 2019 Honda Passport will most likely be placed the same engine which powers the Honda Pilot since they will share the same platform. It is a familiar 3.5-liter V-6 engine which in the Pilot model is able to produce 280 horsepower. However, we don’t have the precise information about the Passport’s output, but we expect similar performance. The engine should be mated to either six-speed or a new 9-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the Pilot comes with a choice of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems. So, the Passport should also be available with both layouts.
The architecture, exterior, and interior design
The brand-new 2019 Honda Passport will be based on the shortened version of the same platform which underpins the current Honda Pilot. So, the Passport will be shorter for around 6 inches from the Pilot model and it will be 188.5 inches long. Dimensionally, the new Honda Passport will stand between the larger Pilot and smaller CR-V models.
Design-wise, we have spotted the new 2019 Honda Passport wearing heavy camouflage. However, despite the coverings, it is obvious that the Passport will borrow some similar design cues from the larger Pilot. Although it is still very hard to tell precise details about its design, it seems that it will get a similar design of the taillights. However, compared to the Pilot, the newest Passport will feature a shorter overhang and smaller wheelbase.
Speaking of the interior design, the photographers managed to take a photo which doesn’t reveal much because of the coverings. The manufacturer has covered the center stack which will most likely get a similar touchscreen for the infotainment system as the Honda Pilot. However, there two models will differ in the seating configuration. So, since it will ride on the shortened architecture, the Passport will get a smaller cabin. And unlike the three-row Pilot, it will get a standard two-row seating configuration and will be able to welcome up to five passengers.
Furthermore, we assume that the Passport will get similar technology features as the Pilot so as the safety equipment.
Release date, price, and competitors
Although it is not yet officially confirmed, the all-new 2019 Honda Passport might be presented to the world at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November this year. The price is also a mystery at the moment. But we assume that it should be in a range between $25,300 and $32,500. Its main rivals on the market will include Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Nissan Murano.