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Forthcoming Honda crossover to revive Passport name


Honda is reportedly set to bring back the Passport moniker for a new five-seat crossover likely to slot in between the CR-V and seven-seat US market Pilot.

According to a report by Automotive News, the Passport, which went out of production 16 years ago after two generations dating back to 1993, will make its alleged debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November, before going on sale in 2019.

Whereas the previous Passport was a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo though, a model better known in South Africa as the Isuzu Frontier, the newcomer will reportedly be based on the same platform as the Pilot and build at Honda's Lincoln, Alabama Plant that also manufactures the Odyssey MPV and Ridgeline pick-up.

As for power, expect the Passport to use the Pilot's 3.5-litre V6 that makes 206 kW and 355 Nm of torque, fed to all four wheels via a six or nine-speed automatic gearbox. Whether this model, when its becomes a production reality, will be allocated for South Africa remains to be seen.

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