The Japanese carmaker expanded its crossover lineup recently with the all-new model called Passport. Although a quite familiar name, this is practically a completely new model, as the previous version ender its production 17 years ago. This time, we are seeing significantly different design characteristics. Instead of a classic body-on-frame platform, this model is rather a crossover now, with a unibody platform. After a big launch that happened recently, we would normally expect no bigger changes for the 2020 Honda Passport.
However, various reports are suggesting interesting changes for the next year. One of them is a hybrid version, which will be introduced in the next year, allegedly. Other than that, the best design characteristics will remain pretty much the same. Still, count on a couple of tweaks in terms of standard equipment and similar things. Despite the potential changes, we don’t expect to see it any earlier than usual.
2020 Honda Passport Design
In terms of base 2020 Honda Passport specs, we definitely won’t see any change. This is a very fresh model and the second production year shouldn’t bring any important changes in these aspects. The Passport is an off-road oriented crossover. It is based on the Pilot, although there are some key differences that make this one more capable. First of all, it is smaller. This also means shorter overhangs, which in practice means bigger departure and approach angles. Eventually, this means better performance on hard terrains. Another important thing to mention is that this crossover features a little bit higher ground clearance, for about 0.5 inches.
When it comes to the styling, the Passport is heavily relying on the Pilot. Although smaller, it features practically the same front end, based on the company’s current design language. Still, it is good to mention that there are some distinctive details, especially in areas that serve as underbody protection. Another thing to mention is that even the most basic models are equipped with 20-inch wheels and a little bit lower-profile tire than you would normally expect from a real off-road. This makes pretty clear the fact that the Passport is still just a crossover, with the main focus on the road.
2020 Honda Passport Interior
It is enough to say that the cabin features largely the same layout as the Pilot, so there’s no doubt about the interior quality. The dashboard and all controls are pretty much identical, as well as two rows of seats. Given the fact that the Passport is shorter, logically, there is no room for the third row, but the cargo area is still quite decent. You can count on about 41 cubic feet behind the second row. The next year shouldn’t bring any important changes, though it won’t be a surprise if we see a couple of new color schemes in the offer.
When it comes to the standard equipment, we could see a couple of novelties in the next year but things will, generally, remain the same. Therefore, base versions are expected to carry on with an ordinary 5-inch screen, as well as with cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, USB, 7-speaker audio system etc. Of course, higher trims will offer many upgrades, including comfort and convenience features like leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable front seats, and a heated steering. In terms of tech goodies, you can count on an 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless phone charging, satellite and HD radio, additional USB ports, premium audio system, and many more upgrades.
When it comes to safety features, the will continue with a long list of driver aids. This includes Honda Sensing package as well, which on its list has things like lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking
When it comes to the powertrain, the most interesting thing about the upcoming model is the rumored 2020 Honda Passport hybrid. Allegedly, this version should arrive in the next year. Details about the powertrain are still unavailable, though many experts anticipate the same system that powers the Acura MDX Hybrid, which combines V6 engine with three electric motors, for a total output of 321 horsepower.
On the other side, standard models will continue with a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, which delivers around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and comes in pair with a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
Release Date and Price
Despite the potential changes, we don’t expect 2020 Honda Passport release date to be scheduled any earlier than usual. Therefore, count that the new model will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. The base 2020 Honda Passport price will go around 32.000 dollars.