The all-new 2019 Honda Passport 5-passenger V6-powered SUV made its world debut in Los Angeles. Going on sale in Canada early next year, Passport offers a combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability along with class-leading interior space. Canadians will get a first look at the new Passport at the 2019 Montreal International Auto Show in January.
The Passport will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda’s SUV lineup. It features a reinforced unibody frame, powerful direct-injected 3.5-litre i-VTEC V6 engine (280 hp / 262 lb-ft.), 9-speed automatic transmission and fully independent suspension. For off-roading, it comes with standard Honda i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and its four-mode Intelligent Traction Management system.
Passport is well equipped for towing, with 3,500-pound capacity standard and 5,000 pounds when equipped with the optional towing package. Passport can tow camping trailers, boats, or “toy” haulers, over rugged terrain. The standard multi-view rear-view camera makes connecting to a trailer easier with its overhead option giving the driver a bird’s eye view of the hitch and trailer.
The Passport’s exterior design is highlighted by standard 20-inch wheels, a matte-black grille, floating roof design, aggressive wheel arches, increased ride height and a tailgate design that emphasizes width. Inside, Passport offers best-in-class passenger space (3,281L) and total interior volume (4,448L). Passport features an easy-to-clean reversible cargo floor and a large (best-in-class 70L) segmented underfloor cargo compartment for carrying dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight.
Passport is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform and shares much of its underlying structure with the three-row Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup, including its unibody construction. This platform has a fully boxed floor with a four-wheel independent suspension, with MacPherson struts in front and a multilink independent rear. The latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, provides frontal collision protection and collision compatibility with larger and smaller vehicles.
Passport will be offered in three trims: Sport, upgraded EX-L, and fully equipped Touring. All trims will feature 20-inch alloy wheels and tires, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology, LED headlights, fog lights, taillights and DRLs, Smart Start and Smart Entry and three-zone automatic climate control and AWD. Honda’s latest Display Audio interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, a physical volume knob and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is also standard on Passport.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is standard on all 2019 Passport trims. Honda Sensing helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases, helps drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) featuring Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). All Passport trims come equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with top-down view, ideal for trailer hookups.
Additional exterior upgrades, depending on trim, include a power tailgate with available handsfree operation, heated auto-dimming and power folding side mirrors. Furthermore, the blind spot information system, rear cross traffic monitor, and front and rear parking sensors are available driver assistive technologies. Available premium features include wireless phone charging, embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi2, premium audio, and HondaLink cloud-based services, including remote unlocking, concierge services, stolen vehicle tracking and more.
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