Honda has one of the widest crossover ranges out in the market today. There's the BR-V, HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot. But Honda USA reckons there's space in between the CR-V and the Pilot for a new model. They've called it the Passport, and it will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
If you're familiar with Honda history, the name Passport isn't entirely new. The monicker was used in the 90's until the early 2000's as a badge-engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo.
It is unlikely that the new Passport will be a rebadged mu-X, judging from the teaser photo at least, but Honda did say that the crossover will have some form of off-road capability. As Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. puts it, "The new Passport is a more personal, powerful and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability".
For now, all we see is its roof and parts of its rear which is covered by dust. What we do see is a large sunroof, along with Pilot-like tail lights and a more rakish tailgate. Given the demand for seven seaters, it is possible that the Passport could have three rows of seats available. Honda adds that the Passport was designed and developed in the U.S. by Honda R&D Americas and will be manufactured at Honda's Lincoln, Alabama plant, alongside the larger Pilot.
Honda says that it is a global debut, so it might be possible that it will be offered outside of the US. For now, the Japanese automaker has yet to make announcements as to where else the Passport will be offered. Once launched, the Passport is set to go head to head against the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Ford Edge, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.