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3 Things To Know About The 2019 Honda Passport

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In 2002, Japanese carmaker Honda decided to discontinue the Passport but it made a return at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Honda Passport will fill the gap between the CR-V and the Pilot.

The best thing about the current Passport is it was designed exclusively by Honda and it won’t be a rebadged Isuzu like the former model. Based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, the new Passport shares the same body construction, underpinnings, and drivetrain components with the three-row Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup trucks.

Exterior

The Honda Passport stands out from the rest of the Japanese carmaker’s smaller SUVs, but it did borrow design elements from the bigger Pilot such as the headlamps and the small turn signals. Honda thankfully made an effort for the Passport to stand out by gifting it with a mesh with small, oval outlets and black trim at the top for its grille. This gives the crossover a more rugged look that fits its outdoor-type personality.

The Passport can also be set apart by the number of accessories Honda is offering it with such as roof boxes of various sizes, a roof basket, and a roof-mounted bike, kayak, and ski or snowboard racks.

Interior

Inside, the Passport offers the roomiest space for passengers at 115.9 cubic feet. The total interior volume is 157.1 cubic feet plus a large, 2.5-cubic-foot segmented underfloor cargo compartment to carry your dirty gear or to keep valuables out of sight. The trunk has a total of 41.2 cubic feet of luggage room, too.

The Passport’s dashboard looks exactly like the Pilot’s with the infotainment system sitting between the rectangular AC vents and the rest of the center stack wrapped in black trim that extends to the passenger side and the steering wheel.

Drivetrain

Again, the Passport and the Pilot share the same platform and the same engine. The Passport arrives with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes the same 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This placed the Passport above most of its competitors (the Subaru Forester and the Nissan Murano). The V-6 engine is paired with Honda’s nine-speed automatic transmission. As standard, the Passport has a two-wheel drive system but you can choose an all-wheel drive.

Lexus RX And NX SUVs Updated For 2019

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There is a range of updates that can be found in the newest RX and NX SUVs by Japanese luxury carmaker Lexus. For the 2019 model year, the large and the mid-size SUVs, the Lexus RX and the NX, respectively, will receive a range of new trim and technology.

Lexus’ three-tier trim structure will dominate the changes in the SUVs. The structure gives customers the option to choose a base model (RX or NX), a mid-range model (F Sport), and a top-of-the-line (Takumi).

The Lexus RX, the base model, will come with 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, an eight-inch infotainment system, and front and rear parking sensors. There’s only one engine available for this range and it’s going to be a 3.5-liter V-6 petrol-hybrid that makes 308 horsepower and is fuel efficient at a rate of 37.4mpg.

The RS F Sport models add a heated steering wheel, adaptive suspension, a powered hands-free tailgate, an aluminum pedal set, F Sport steering wheel and a revised grille. It has a starting price of £55,200 ($69,800), sans options. The range-topping Takumi models, on the other hand, will come with a hefty price tag of £61,700 ($78,000). That price will get you power-folding and heated rear seats, a head-up display, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, blind spot monitoring system, automatic LED headlights and memory settings for the electric seats, steering wheel, and door mirrors.

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The new NX has the same trim levels as the RX with the base model arriving with standard features such as 18-inch alloys, heated front seats, and an eight-inch touchscreen display. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol-hybrid that produces 192 horsepower will be its powertrain. Economy fuel rating is pegged at 54.3mpg.

Finally, the NX F Sport has a starting price of £41,500 ($52,530) and adds an F-Sport steering wheel, a set of F-Sport 18-inch alloy wheels, a range of F-Sport exterior styling details, LED headlamps, a powered tailgate and leather upholstery.

The Takumi trim is priced at £45,500 (57,590) and comes with a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, a head-up display, a 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, blind spot monitoring, and a 360-degree view camera.

 

2020 Ford Explorer Will Be Officially Revealed On January 9

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Ford is scheduled to reveal its 2020 Ford Explorer on January 9 at the Ford Field in Detroit. But before that, there will be an offsite unveiling on Thursday, about a week before the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new SUV will have an evolutionary look and will ride on a new rear-wheel-drive platform called the CD6 architecture. This platform is being shared with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, which was shown last month at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

There were no confirmations from Ford regarding the Explorer’s powertrains but a leak in August showed the ordering guide that detailed the SUV’s powertrains. The guide said the engine choices would be a 2.3-liter turbo-4, a 3.3-liter V-6, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. The 3.3-liter V-6 will be available with or without a hybrid system as Ford shifts to more economical setups. The engines are most likely going to be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive system will also be available.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine has already been tested. This is the same engine being used by the Michigan State Police for testing. This powertrain will make the Explorer the quickest police vehicle in America. For fuel efficiency, Ford plans to offer the hybrid version of the 2020 Explorer to those in patrol duty.

It is the standard Explorer that will make its debut in January but Ford is also planning to release another trim level of the car called the Explorer ST. This variant is the performance-oriented version of the SUV and it will follow in the footsteps of the Edge ST, which was launched this year. The Explorer ST will be edging out the Explorer Sport model in Ford’s bid to revamp its lineup to introduce sportier crossover SUVs.

Source: Autoblog

2020 Land Rover Defender May Arrive Next Year

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Land Rover has given us a definitive teaser and a look into the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender. It looks like we won’t have to wait too long to see the new Defender as Land Rover released a teaser photo of the boxy machine all wrapped in camouflage and driving into a transport truck. There are at least two dates mentioned on the teaser that makes it fairly clear the SUV will be unveiled next year.

Most prominent is the phrase “Do not unwrap until 2019,” which is a play on words referring to the holiday season and the camouflage wrap on the Defender. This makes us feel fairly certain that the Defender will be released next year.

However, the company has been pretty lax in showing off the car in camouflage in public lately, so that might be a sign that we’ll be seeing the new Defender very soon—maybe even by the end of the auto show season in New York in April.

More information should be available by December 27. A Land Rover representative said that the company will release more details about the 2020 Land Rover Defender on that day. Of course, it won’t be a full reveal yet but we’re hoping to see the Defender in all of its teaser glory, which means no camouflage, please. Then again, the representative may not be talking about sightings of the Defender at all.

“More information” may also mean that the company will give us the full details on the reveal date, as well as more photos and videos of the still camouflaged Defender. We’re also quite interested in the tailgate-mounted spare tire we have seen on the heavily camouflaged Defender, so we’d love to have more details about that by the end of this year.

So far, what we know about the new Land Rover Defender is that it will remain true to its boxy roots of models past, it will be available in either a two-door or four-door variant, it will use a fully independent suspension front and rear, and it will probably use a combination of Jaguar-Land Rover engines that will include a gas and diesel turbo four-cylinder engines.

Photo Source: Autoblog

2019 Nissan Murano Gets Slight Price Bump, Starts At $32,315

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The refreshed 2019 Nissan Murano gets a slight price increase of $270 from the previous model. It now starts at $32,315, which makes it more expensive than the $30,990 base model of the Ford Edge.

The two models have been refreshed for the 2019 model year with an upgraded exterior and interior design. There are also other exciting new features. Standard to the Murano is an 8.0-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. All models come with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 260 horsepower. An all-wheel-drive setup can be had for an additional $1,600 in any trim level.

The SV trim level brings more features that are engineered to provide comfort and luxury to the owner. It has a remote engine start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and 10-way driver and four-way passenger power seats. Prices for the SV trim level start at $35,485, up by $140.

The SL trim adds 20-inch wheels, navigation, leather-appointed seats, adaptive cruise control, heated front, and rear seats, and other cool features. To get the SL trim, you need $40,275, which is an increase of $530 than the 2018 model.

At the top of the lineup is the Platinum trim. Standard to this trim level is a power panoramic moonroof and new diamond-quilted leather-appointed seats. It’s priced at $44,575, up by $1,100 than the model from the previous year. This trim also features a new suite of technologies that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking. These are also available on the SL trim if you choose to have the Technology package.

The 2019 Nissan Murano is expected to open its sales book today, December 20.

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel Won’t Be Coming To The US After All

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Those who are waiting for the arrival of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel will be sorely disappointed with this new development: Hyundai said its first model to feature a diesel engine won’t be coming to US soil, after all. Worse, the three-row Santa Fe, which will be made exclusively with a diesel engine, is not going to be part of Hyundai’s lineup for America.

Initially, Hyundai planned to offer the Santa Fe with a 2.2-liter diesel engine as an option for the 2020 model year. But things have changed and the South Korean company is no longer keen to continue down this path. Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai’s spokesman, told Green Car Report, as quoted by Top Speed, that studies found out the consumers’ reluctance to have a turbo diesel engine in a crossover.

But that’s not all. The low gasoline prices and the shift toward electrification, especially in the United States, also contributed to Hyundai’s decision to back down from its initial plan. Many car companies, after all, have started offering electric cars instead of gasoline and diesel options.

Hyundai won’t be letting the crossover segment in the US get away from them, of course. If you have your eyes on a seven-seater crossover SUV, you can get the 2020 Hyundai Palisade instead. It makes sense for Hyundai to move to this direction as it has already planned to replace the Santa Fe XL with the Palisade in 2020.

Since the diesel option has been officially scrapped from the South Korean firm’s future plans, we can see Hyundai working to fit the Santa Fe with a plug-in hybrid unit in the near future. This has been the trend for many automakers today with only GMC Chevrolet, Land Rover, and Jeep offering diesel options for their models.

Top 3 Reasons To Buy The All-New Honda Passport SUV

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Honda said that its all-new Passport, which is on the clock for an early 2020 release, is a do-it-all SUV. Sandwiched between the CR-V and the range-topping Pilot, the Honda Passport has enough space inside for the family but also has the power to be an off-roader.

Honda has yet to give specifics on the trim levels, though it said that the SUV will be available in four trim levels, including the range-topping Elite trim. Pricing will be announced once the launch date is near. It should be cheaper than the top-level Pilot, which starts at $31,450.

1. The Passport Produces 280 Horsepower

The only SUV in its segment more powerful than the upcoming Passport SUV is the 290-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Passport has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It is more powerful than the 240-horsepower Ford Edge, the 260-horsepower Nissan Murano, and the 270-horsepower Toyota 4Runner.

That V-6 engine is paired with Honda’s nine-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive system with an optional all-wheel drive with i-VTM4 torque vectoring on all trims. With the torque vectoring, the Passport improves its off-road capabilities.

2. The Passport Can Tow 3,500 Pounds

Honda boasts that the Passport can tow an impressive 3,500 pounds. That’s double the capacity of the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano. The Passport’s towing capacity is comparable only to the Grand Cherokee, which is being considered more of the higher-end Pilot’s competitor even in terms of power output.

The only SUV in its class with a higher towing capacity is the Toyota 4Runner, which can tow a whopping 5,000 pounds. But with the option of the four-wheel drive, the Passport can easily tow 5,000 pounds, too.

3. The Passport Has An Elegant Interior

Don’t think of the Passport as purely utilitarian. It has the same fancy interior as other SUVs. The dashboard layout is pristine and Honda’s new digital infotainment system comes standard from the EXL trims and above. It has an eight-inch touchscreen that controls a number of tech features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Honda Announces Price, Specs For CR-V Hybrid Version

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The Honda CR-V hybrid model will have a starting price of £29,105 ($37,370) in the UK. Honda also announced the specs and features for the well-loved SUV’s hybrid version.

Under the hood, the CR-V hybrid version is powered by an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. This combines an electric motor, a 2.0-liter petrol engine, and a separate electric motor-generator that will deliver a total output of 181 horses and 315Nm of torque.

To reduce size and mass, the new system employs a single-fixed gear ratio instead of the conventional gearbox. Buyers can choose if they want a front- or a four-wheel drive.

The four-wheel-drive models start at £32,065 ($41,171) and can be as expensive as £37,255 ($47,835). The trim has a lineup made up of four specifications: S, SE, SR, and EX. The top-of-the-range versions will arrive with a heated steering wheel, head-up display, panoramic glass roof, leather and cruise control as standard.

As the first car in Honda’s lineup to use the new hybrid system, CR-V is pressured to show the rest of the world that the Japanese automaker is ready to move progressively towards a more environment-friendly development phase. The powertrain used in the hybrid version will automatically shuffle between these three driving modes—EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive—depending on the conditions and how the car is being driven.

The pure EB and hybrid driving modes are configured for low speed and urban driving, so don’t expect much. If you want more power, the petrol engine can kick in and put the wheels in motion. It is also used to deliver power to the electric motor and recharge the battery pack.

In official tests, the front-wheel drive achieves a 53.3 mpg rating while the four-wheel-drive model only has 51.4 mpg. Emission ratings are 120g/km for the front wheel drive model and 126g/km for the four-wheel drive.

Honda Revives Passport Name As Fourth SUV

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There will be a fourth SUV from Honda and through that, the Japanese automaker will revive the Passport name, which used to be appended to a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. There were some teaser images of the new SUV from Honda but we can barely see anything since in the two photos, the SUV is either covered in dust or photographed from a bird’s eye point of view.

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While it’s hard to see anything with these teaser photos, the power of digital-altering software is again on our side. With the magic of zoom and enhance, we’re able to make out some details of the new Honda Passport’s exterior.

The Honda Passport will look like a shortened version of the Honda Pilot. That is evident on the window line of the dusty SUV we saw in the photos. There’s also a crease along the door handles that look the same as the bigger Pilot’s handles. The grille will have a general shape that is similar to the wide, chrome-laden fascia of both the Pilot and the Ridgeline.

This theory is supported by another fact: the Passport is going to be designed and developed in the United States, Honda proudly said. It will be built at Honda’s factory in Lincoln, Alabama, the home of the Honda Odyssey, Pilot, and the Ridgeline. So even if the Japanese carmaker decides to divert away from the design elements of the Pilot, the Passport will very likely be built on the same platform as the Pilot and the Ridgeline.

This brings us to another tidbit. It looks like the Passport is going to have the same naturally aspirated V6 with one or two of the transmissions.

We should know more details about the Passport when it is unveiled on November 27 before the start of the Los Angeles auto show.

4 Things You Should Know About The New Ford Bronco

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Everyone’s excited about the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco. It took Ford nearly a quarter of a century to come up with a new-generation Bronco and we are eagerly awaiting what’s in store for us. So far, we’ve heard rumors and saw a teaser picture.

The Bronco has always been a cool vehicle though it took OJ Simpson to bring it to a whole new level of iconic. Now that the all-new Bronco is about to arrive, we are sure of two things only: this will be a staple of American off-roading culture and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will finally have a competition.

1. It will use the same architecture of the Ranger.

Ford will use a short wheelbase version of the T6 platform. This will allow them to create and develop a vehicle that will be perfect in any market. The T6 architecture can be found in the Ranger, the Everest, and the Troller. It is a body-on-frame type of architecture that can support a number of different body styles with the same wheelbase underneath. The chassis of the T6 is also the perfect size for the new Bronco, which in size, will fall somewhere between the Explorer and the Expedition.

2. It might have a three-door off-roader version.

There were many rumors in the past that the new Bronco is going to be like other conventional SUVs—a five-door vehicle with a spare tire that clings on the back door. But one of the recently released teaser photos hinted that it will be a three-door off-roader. The nod to the classic is not lost on us and we’re a sucker for the traditional.

3. It will be available in 2020.

That’s two more years of waiting before we can get our hands on the new Bronco. The 2019 Detroit Auto Show should be where the Bronco will be unveiled so watch out for that next year. The 2020 Bronco will have an estimated starting price of $35,000 while the top-of-the-line variants will be in the near $50,000.

4. It will be made in the USA.

Ford is very proud of the fact that the Bronco will be 100-percent USA. It will be assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant next to the new Ford Ranger. Ford has already readied the facility, pouring in a staggering $850 million to retool the plant for the production of the new vehicle.

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