Chevrolet will do its best to challenge Ford’s Escape, Edge, Explorer trio with the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer filling a gap between the Equinox and Traverse. But, Honda has similar plans, too.
Spy shots published by Autoblog on Wednesday show the 2019 Honda Passport testing in Malibu and it appears to wear a more striking design than the family-oriented Pilot. Rumors once suggested the Passport would simply be a smaller Pilot, but the mid-size crossover wears unique styling. Specifically, we see a set of wide LED headlights up front. Honda could inject a sportier look into the Passport, much like Chevrolet has attempted with the 2019 Blazer.
The Passport name was last used on Honda’s rebadged Isuzu Rodeo between 1994 and 2002, which will certainly give the crossover name recognition, too.
As for power, expect a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood borrowed from the Pilot. In comparison, the Blazer will offer a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the 3.6-liter LGX V6 will be optional. Inside, the Passport appears to borrow heavily from the larger Pilot with a similar center stack and infotainment setup.
Chevrolet may get the jump on Honda, however. The Passport, if the name sticks for production, will likely be revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2019 or 2020 model. Chevy plans to ship the 2019 Blazer to dealers beginning in early 2019.
Spy shots: Autoblog