Honda Passport will be built in United States and debut at LA show

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The Japanese automaker was coy about any other details on the new vehicle. Strong demand for the Honda Pilot has sales up more than 41 percent for the first ten months of 2018.

The Honda Passport name was last seen on a Honda SUV in 2002.

The brand didn't reveal much about the 2019 Honda Passport, but confirmed it will slot between the compact CR-V and full-size Pilot. Honda isn't exactly known for vehicles that are meant for off-road use, but it is teasing the off-road capability of the new Passport with Honda saying it is "Adventure Ready".

The original Honda Passport, which debuted during the 1994 model-year, was part of an initially expansive relationship between Honda and Passport that saw the bigger of the two makers provide Isuzu with sedans after Isuzu stopped building its own passenger cars.

Honda will give a closer look at the 2019 Passport SUV with a live reveal on its You Tube channel Nov. 27
Honda will give a closer look at the 2019 Passport SUV with a live reveal on its You Tube channel Nov. 27

Honda was named America's "Best SUV Brand" by U.S. News and World Report in 2018, for the second straight year. Well, the SUV is making a comeback for 2019. We do know it will be available to purchase in early 2019.

Crossovers, in all their various forms, have gained more than a dozen points of market share over the past five years and now account for about one of every two new vehicles sold in the USA - with vans and pickups bringing light trucks overall up to almost two-thirds of the market.

Now, everyone's definition of off-roading can be a little different, so we'll see exactly what Honda does here. Its overall light-truck sales are on the way to 700,000 units for the third year in a row.

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