The five-seat crossover market still has some space left in it and Honda is trying to get into it as best as it can. It is planning to launch the much expected and talked about 2019 Honda Passport. Though some effort was made in 2018, it did not meet with too much success. However, come 2019, Honda is determined to give this Honda Passport a big push. It is therefore quite natural that it evinces quite a bit of interest and experts and fans are keen to know what exactly it might have when it finally hits the roads.
2019 Honda Passport Exterior
There are many who believe that it could be shortened version of the three-row Pilot of Honda. However, there is no doubt that the Pilot is a much bigger vehicle. It is capable of seating eight while the Honda Passport 2019 version should be good enough for five passengers. The Pilot had three rows to it, while Passport will make good perhaps with just two rows and reduced hauling capacity. It measures around 190 inches from bumper to bumper. Furthermore, SUV has a running ground clearance of 8.4 inches and therefore it can climb over obstacles quite easily when compared to vehicles like Ford Edge.
Finally, about wheels, there is 20-inch alloy with all season 245/50R tires. For Touring and Elite trims, buyers get 265/45R20 tires, as standard.
Honda Passport 2019 Interior
The insides have continuity and freshness. It will come with a standard 7.0 inch TFT screen located in the instrument cluster. On the display, it will be shown: car speed and RPM, digital meter, detailed trip computer, Multi-Information Display, phone information, navigation and more…About central display, it is different by trims, so Sport trim gets 5-inch display screen, while Passport EX-L, Elite, and Touring trims get 8-inch Screen with touchscreen system with the manual volume button. The interesting part of the interior is an audio system, new Passport Sport trim has 6 speakers, plus a subwoofer with the power of 215-watt while Touring and Elite trim gets the 10-speaker premium audio system, with noticeable stronger power of 590-watt.
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Furthermore, there are two USB ports and of course, Bluetooth compatible. It also will have a wireless charging pad, and there are standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The cloth upholstery, remote start, keyless ignition, and LED headlights are also some more features that are worth mention. It also will have front seats that are heated. The 2019 Passport SUV infotainment screen is quite big and generous. Other add-ons could include automated windshield wipers, heated steering wheels.
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It perhaps will resemble the Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee from the outside. But the insides will most probably have more space. This SUV can handle around 41 cubic feet of cargo volume in the rear. If the rear seat is folded it the cargo volume can easily increase to 100 cubic feet. In terms of height, it is around six inches shorter when compared to Pilot. Newest Honda SUV has great interior space of 157.1 cu.-ft., part of 115.9 cu.-ft. goes for passenger space.
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The new Honda Passport 2019 will most probably have the same engine as that of the Pilot. It will most certainly be a V-6 engine (3.5 liters). This Car should generate a horsepower of 280 and a torque of around 262 pound-feet. For handling and controlling this power, Honda put old/new 9-speed automatic transmission system which is the standard for such vehicles. It can send power both to the rear wheel or all the four wheels.
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An all-wheel drive is an option which customers can choose. It also comes with some dependable traction system for slippery terrain. On the whole, it will ensure smooth drive in city traffic and can literally lap up distances effortlessly in highways. The power in the engine is good enough to negotiate hilly terrains and other such rugged roads and pathways.
2019 Passport Safety (Honda Sensing):
– Forward Collison Warning,
– Lane Keeping Assistance System,
– Collision Mitigation Braking System with Road Departure Mitigation,
– Lane Departure Warning,
– Adaptive Cruise Control,
there are also:
– Multi-Angle Rearview Camera,
– blind spot Information system,
– Rear Cross-Traffic Detection,
– rear parking sensors.
Price And Launch Date
Though the launch date has not been decisively fixed, it is expected to be in the market sometime during the first half of 2019. The price is not finalized but it should be around $30,000 for the base model.
Thanks to Kelley Blue Book (kbb.com):
2019 Honda Passport photos
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