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Honda brings back the long-dead Passport SUV for 2018

The first SUV in Honda's history, the Passport could make a comeback in the lineup of the Japanese manufacturer.

 

At least that's what Automotive News reports, which says a new SUV model bigger than a CR-V and smaller than a Pilot could revive the name abandoned by the manufacturer in 2002.

 

Although nothing has yet been confirmed by Honda, Automotive News goes so far as to say that the Passport 2.0 could be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late 2018, and that it could arrive at dealers from the first months of 2019.

 

The Passport would be assembled in Alabama, in the factory that manufactures the Pilot. Built on the same platform as the Pilot, the Passport would be shorter by about six inches and would compete directly with models like the Ford Edge or the Nissan Murano.

 

The Passport would become the fourth Honda-branded SUV marketed in North America, alongside with the HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot.

 

About the Passport: A disguised Isuzu!

 

Although it was a big "H" on its grille, the Passport did not have much to do with the Honda brand. In fact, it was a badge-engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo. Marketed from 1994 to 2002 in the United States, the vehicle was built in Subaru Isuzu Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana, where the Rodeo was also built.

Video Slideshow of the 2002 Honda Passport

Photo Gallery of the 2002 Honda Passport

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