Unlike the last Passport, which went the way of the dodo back in 2002, this one won't be a fancy rebadged Isuzu. Instead, it will be built by Honda in the US and situated in between the CR-V and the Pilot in Honda's ever-expanding crossover and SUV range.
"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," Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda, said in a statement. "With customer demand for SUVs continuing to grow, the new adventure-ready Passport is going to further solidify our lineup, attracting new buyers and keeping existing customers in the Honda family."
In the two teaser images that Honda supplied with its Thursday announcement, the new Passport is shown going off-road, so it would be incredibly cool if it were able to compete more closely with thein terms of ruggedness.