Honda introduced this week that the 2019 Passport has already entered manufacturing at Honda’s facility in Alabama. It’s barely been every week since the car was introduced at the 2018 LA Auto Show, however with its early-2019 launch looming, it is time for 1,500 employees at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama to kick into excessive gear.
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama can be liable for assembling the Ridgeline midsize pickup truck and the Pilot three-row SUV. All three autos trip on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, so it is no shock that they are all constructed below the similar roof.
Under the passport’s hood is the similar engine that powers the Pilot and Ridgeline — a three.5-liter V6 that places out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will likely be out there, each of which is able to mate to a nine-speed computerized transmission. The Passport rides larger than the Pilot, and the cumbersome physique bits borrowed from the Ridgeline give it a bit extra off-road cred than its siblings.
If tech is what you are after, there’s a lot to get pleasure from in the Passport. Higher trims will get an Eight-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system with each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to wi-fi cellphone charging and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Honda Sensing, the automaker’s suite of lively and passive security techniques, is normal throughout the lineup. Its worth will seemingly land between the base worth of the smaller CR-V ($24,350) and the bigger Pilot ($31,450).