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2020 Suzuki Jimny: News, Design, Release

Suzuki redesigned the iconic, small off-roader Jimny for the 2019 model year and the model represents the fourth-generation version. The new Jimmy arrived slightly shorter on the reinforced chassis and kept the retro look but with the influence of some styling cues from other off-roaders. The latest Jimny introduced also the new engine version but for the modern times the new version packs also some advanced tech and safety systems and can also boost the comfort with several high-level features.

For the next model year, the 2020 Suzuki Jimny will be mostly the carryover model with some changes in the equipment offer and addition of new options. The new trim versions could appear and Suzuki hasn’t mentioned the new engine options. More attention for the new model year, Suzuki could also get with the special edition version or new exterior package.

2020 Suzuki Jimny

2020 Suzuki Jimny: Design

After the thorough redesigned for the 2019 model year, the 2020 Suzuki Jimny hasn’t much room for the new changes and the next version won’t bring notable visual or structural upgrades. Buyers should expect additional body color options over the current eight shades and three dual-tone choices. Suzuki might also add a new trim option or introduce the special edition version.

The latest-generation Jimny sits on the strengthened ladder frame with the rigid axles and coil springs front and rear. The newest model is actually 1.2 inches shorter than the previous version at 143,5 inches in total and slightly wider at 64, 8 inches.

Visually, the model remains retro-styled off-roader with the flat body panels and several styling similarities with the Mercedes G-Class, Toyota Fj Cruiser, etc. The styling of the model defines tall, boxy-shaped silhouette combined with the chunky fenders, circular headlights and tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the Jimny continues with the straightforward design and durable materials. The dashboard style shares some styling cues with the recent Jeep models.  The model has a good driving position and comfortable seats. The cargo space is just over 3 cubes with all seats in use. It expands to 13, 3 cubes with the rear seats folded.

As for the available equipment, the Jimny will offer a pretty long list of useful and modern features. Buyers will be able to get a 7-inch touchscreen display, smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, power and heated seats, heated mirrors and more.

The off-road-ready Jimny gets also a number of the safety systems. The safety list will include automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking, tire pressure monitoring, and lane departure warning.

2020 Suzuki Jimny

2020 Suzuki Jimny: Powertrain

The power for the 2020 Suzuki Jimny will come from the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. The engine replaced a 1.3-liter unit in the previous generation version and provides 100 hp and 95 pound-feet of torque.

The Jimny will fit the engine with either a standard 5-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. A standard fit will be the AllGrip Pro part-time all-wheel-drive system with the low range gear. The system can switch between the 2H mode with the power on the front wheels while 4H activates all wheels. For the rugged off-road terrains, the driver can switch to a 4L mode to activate the low range gear.

The Jimny can tow up to 2, 866 pounds. An approach angle of 37 degrees and 49-degrees departure angle improve also the rugged terrain capability.

2020 Suzuki Jimny: Release, Price

The 2020 Suzuki Jimny will go on sale in late 2019. Expect the price to stay in the vicinity of the current version range.

2019 BMW X1: Refreshed, Changes, Price

BMW’s first in the lineup and fun to drive crossover, the X1 has been around since the 2016 model year in its second generation. With the fierce competition from Audi and Mercedes, BMW must keep the model fresh and the firm was spotted while testing the updated X1. The model will go on sale at some point in 2019 while should show what it has to offer later this year.

The 2019 BMW X1 will bring some visual upgrades, not radical judging by what we can conclude from the prototype version. Some updates will also be inside the cabin including the materials and tech while we don’t have details about what BMW has in mind regarding the powertrains.

2019 BMW X1

2019 BMW X1: Styling Changes

The small package crossover won’t bring radical styling changes with the next refresh. The prototype version of the 2019 BMW X1 has disguised front end section and rear bumper and like every mid-cycle update, this will also focus on the soft parts while the size and shape will remain at the same points.

The front side of the model seems to have sleeker kidney grille version bracketed by the new design headlights. The headlight graphics look like on brand’s latest models and the front bumper has slightly different sculpting as well.

The profile will display the same form with the sharp rising crease while the rear will also go with the tweaked bumper and the new graphics taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

In the cockpit, the small crossover BMW should offer fresh materials and new textures.  Expect the new steering wheel as well.

BMW will also do some improvements to the infotainment system and connectivity features while could also boost the safety technology.

The X1 will be well-equipped from the start and offer fog lights, automatic wipers, 18-inch wheels, driver memory setting, power tailgate, adjustable front seats and more as the base gear. The buyers will also be able to update with the M Sport design, sports suspension, premiums surround sound system, and more.

2019 BMW X1

2019 BMW X1: Powertrain

No details yet about BMW’s intents regarding the powertrain and potential upgrades. In the US the X1 packs the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The two- and four-drive are both available while the model returns around 25 mpg combined fuel economy.

With the capability of delivering 228 hp and 258 lb-ft combined with the precise steering and suspension, the model provides great driving dynamics but BMW will surely try to draw more from the refreshed 2019 BMW X1. So, we should expect some efficiency and performance improvements.

The plug-in hybrid version of this model is also expected sometime in the near future but not for the upcoming model year.

2019 BMW X1: Arrival, Price

The 2019 BMW X1 should uncover its secrets later in the year and go on sale in 2019. The current X1 starts from $33, 900 but BMW will make some price corrections and we should expect the price to go slightly up.

2019 Lexus RX 350: Design, Equipment, Price

The Lexus RX 350 fuses the style and quality providing also plenty of drive fun and desirable equipment. The model also comes with the long list of modern tech systems while impressing also with the interior quality. The look is the matter of taste but the RX definitely gets attention. The model has also strong and efficient powertrains and accelerates well and offer sports appearance package.

The RX gained the long-wheelbase RX L version with the seats for seven for the 2018 model year and now delivers more flexibility combined with mentioned. As for the 2019 Lexus RX 350, there won’t be significant upgrades and buyers will again have the same options to choose from.

2019 Lexus RX 350

2019 Lexus RX 350: Design

With its sharp and chiseled look, the RX 350 is definitely in focus despite some might find its look too much aggressive. In the focus is surely its massive spindle grille but sharp angles spreading over its body as well. The floating roofline also fits nicely to its design and F package comes with sportier styling.

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 will keep the familiar styling theme and the RX L model will also be there with 4.3 inches longer body and seats for seven but with the same design theme. Buyers will also pick between 18- inch alloy wheels and larger 20-inch units on the sportier version.

Interior, Equipment:

The interior of the model comes with the high-quality materials and attractive design. The asymmetrical dash design is focused toward driver and model has the on-dash mounted center screen.

The base model will offer power and adjustable front seats and steering wheel, dual-zone auto climate control, nine speakers, 8-inch touchscreen, etc. It will also include a number of safety systems like adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, etc.

The F Sport model will boast sportier appearance, 20-inch alloys, adaptive suspension, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, etc.

For the further upgrades the available packages and options will add 12.3-inch infotainment system, wood trim, upgraded leather upholstery, 12 speakers, heated steering wheel, more safety equipment, etc.

2019 Lexus RX 350

2019 Lexus RX 350: Performance

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 will have the same engine under the hood and the RX 450h model will use the electrified powertrain.

A 3.5-liter V-6 runs on a more efficient combustion cycle and makes 295 hp. The max torque is 269 lb-ft. The engine is in the combination with the 8-speed automatic transmission and R Sport model adds paddle shifters and a sport-tuned suspension. The front and all-wheel drive and different drive modes are also available.

The buyers can also switch to the hybrid RX 450 version which adds the batteries and electric motors to the lower-output V-6 engine. The non-hybrid RX model provides 26 mpg combined with the all-wheel drive. The hybrid model with the standard all-wheel drive improves to 30 mpg combined.

2019 Lexus RX 350: Availability, Price

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is available from $43, 570. A bigger and heavier RX L opens the room for seven passengers for $47, 770. The sportier RX F Sport costs from $49, 220.

2020 Genesis GV80: News, Design, Release

Hyundai’s upmarket division Genesis has had the focus on the
sedan models so far but with the SUV sells booming the brand is now changing
the course in that direction. The Genesis GV80 Concept presented at the 2017
New York Auto Show hinted the arrival of the first SUV model from the brand and
the upcoming mid-size GV80 was spotted in the form which seems production
ready. The model should hit the market as the 2020 Genesis GV80 and go against
the established names in the industry like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE,
etc. The reports indicate also that Genesis has another smaller GV70 SUV in the
plan to compete in the segment with the BMW X3.

The brand’s new model should borrow sharp styling cues from the mentioned concept model while inside the cockpit we should expect a similar design as in the brand’s sedans.  The engine range should also mimic the powertrain options in the sedan lineup with the possible introduction of the new V-6 unit.

2020 Genesis GV80

2020 Genesis GV80: Design

The 2020 Genesis GV80 is still the unsolved mystery as
Geneses hides details about the model while we can draw some cues from the
prototype version.

First of all, it’s not known yet what platform the new
Genesis SUV will use. Judging by the spy photos the model is likely based on
the rear-wheel-drive architecture of the G80 sedan. Some sources suggest also
the stretched Santa Fe’s platform or the unit from the new Palisade model. Still,
the first scenario seems like the most probable.

On the other hand, the styling of the model seems to have
inhered the sharp design cues from the Concept version. The mesh grille seems
to have the similar design as on the GV80 Concept but slightly redefined
proportions. The horizontal oriented headlights follow also the pattern form
the concept car but with the enlarged dimensions and more conventional design.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the mid-size Genesis SUV should use
similar design cues as the brand’s newest sedans. Still, the model will get a
unique steering wheel and reports claim also the new controllers for the
model. 

The GV80 will, of course, employ the high-quality materials combined with contrasting surfaces and trim details. The latest tech will be used and advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitors, etc.

2020 Genesis GV80

2020 Genesis GV80: Powertrains

As for the engine options, the new 3.6-liter V-6 could be in
the progress and arrive with the 2020 Genesis GV80. The model will offer both
rear-drive and four-wheel drive option and automatic transmission.

A 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine used in the G80 should
also be the option. This engine makes 365 hp and torque of 376 lb-ft in the
sedan model. Other options from the sedan a 3.8-liter V6 and potent 420 hp
5.0-liter V-8 could also be the part of the deal. The plug-in hybrid version
should appear at some point.

2020 Genesis GV80: Release, Price

The 2020 Genesis GV80 should reach the showroom late in the
year. Closer to the launch date more details will surface as well as the price.
The model should start in the upper $60,000-range.

2020 Kia Sorento: Design, Specs, Equipment, Price

The mid-size, three-row Kia Sorento is a good performer on all fronts. The model has great road manners and a powerful engine option. The style and interior are also its strong sides and all trims come packed with the desirable equipment.  This well-rounded mid-sizer received the mid-cycle upgrade for the 2019 model and the next 2020 Kia Sorento will not bring notable upgrades.

The model will again appear with the standard three-row seats, familiar engine options and in five well-equipped trims. Kia is also preparing the new three-row model but in the full-size form for the 2020 model year and the model will hit the market as the Kia Telluride.

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Kia Sorento: Styling

The Sorento is elegant and attractive crossover SUV and Kia made several modifications on model’s style for the 2019 version. The refreshed Sorento sports tweaked tiger nose grille combined with the new bumpers and redesigned headlights.

The 2020 Kia Sorento will continue with the same styling as the newest and refreshed version. Kia will only offer new color options and wheel styles. The model will offer 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheel options and the full-LED headlights will be available as an option or standard in upper grades.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the family-friendly Sorento comes with the nice materials and solid build quality. The controls also have a good placement and thanks to the recent interventions in the cabin, the next Sorento will return in the same form.

The model will have standard three rows of seats. The base Sorento L will include the modern 7-inch infotainment system with the smartphone compatibility but will lack more luxury touches. The next LX version will add automatic climate control, V-6 engine option, blind spot monitoring, etc.

Upgrading to the EX version will bring a heated front seat, leather upholstery, power tailgate, an 8-inch touchscreen option, more active safety systems, etc. The SX will ride on larger wheels and include unique styling, Harman Kardon sound system, etc. The top SXL model will get attention with the Nappa leather seats, heated first two rows, cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, etc.

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Kia Sorento: Performance

Kia made adjustments to the suspension and steering system and also ditched the turbo-4 engine option for the 2019 model year. The improved six-speed automatic and a new 8-speed auto gearbox also arrived with the recent mid-update.

The 2020 Kia Sorento will stay with the unchanged mechanics. The base 2.4-litre non-turbo four-cylinder engine will come in the combination with the six-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers 185 hp and torque 178 pound-feet.

Better performance will deliver models with the 3.3-liter V-6 engine under the hood. This engine performs with the 8-speed automatic gearbox. It delivers 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.

The model will tow up to 5000 pounds. The fuel economy with the base engine will be 25 mpg combined or 23 mpg combined with the all-wheel drive. More power with the V-6 will cost several mpg and the all-wheel-drive V-6 will return 21 mpg combined.

2020 Kia Sorento: Arrival, Price

The 2020 Kia Sorento will go on sale in the latest quarter of 2019. The price will range from mid-20,000 to mid-40, 000.

2020 Mercedes EQC: Design, Specs, Mileage, Arrival

Mercedes revealed the all-new EQC electric model from the established EQ sub-brand. The model made the debut in Stockholm, Sweden and the public debut will take place at the upcoming Pairs Auto Show. Mercedes announced ten electric models by 2025 and the new EQC follows the Smart EQ ForTwo model.

The model goes on sale as the 2020 Mercedes EQC and will deliver strong performance and 200+ miles of the electric range. The sleek look with the specific front-end style will get attention while the interior will come with the MBUX multimedia system by default.

2020 Mercedes EQC

2020 Mercedes EQC: Design

The new 2020 Mercedes EQC is based on the scalable electric platform designed to support the family of the potential models. The model measures 187.4 inches in length and is about 4 inches longer than its conventionally powered equivalent the  GLC model.

Styling wise, the EQC looks elegant and has a unique front-end section. The large black panel covers large section in the front end including some of the bumper area. The headlights and grille are also the part of this section as well as LED light signature.

The profile of the model has the similar shape as the Mercedes GLC and the rear comes with the nice taillights and full-width LED band. The model will also get the wheel options in 19 to 21-inch range with different styles and unique blue accents.

Interior, features:

The cabin of the model will be defined with the MBUX design which debuted on the A-Class. The design includes the fully digital panel that incorporates the digital instrument cluster and extra wide infotainment panel in the singe section.

The model will also come with the sports, multi-functional steering wheel and the center stack will include rectangular air vents and more buttons below.

Mercedes will, of course, offer several levels of high-quality materials and the latest tech and safety features.

2020 Mercedes EQC

2020 Mercedes EQC: Performance, Mileage

Mercedes revealed the 2020 Mercedes EQC 400 version but more variants will be available. This version includes electric motors at each axle and the system forms the all-wheel drive. The driver will also be able to switch between five drive modes Comfort, Eco, Max Range, Sport and Individual.

The powertrain provides a total of 402 hp and torque of 564 pound-feet. The rear motor in the system improves the performance while the front manages efficiency. The system connects motors with the wheels via the single speed transmission. Mercedes also claims 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

The model has the flat floor-mounted battery pack of 80 kWh. This lithium-ion unit should provide the electric range of 200 miles as Mercedes claims.  The fast-charging unit will need 40 minutes to recharge the battery to 80 percent capacity.

2020 Mercedes EQC

2020 Mercedes EQC: Arrival, Price

The 2020 Mercedes EQC will go on sale in early 2020. The price will be known closer to the launch date.  As the reference, the rival Jaguar I-Pace costs $70, 495.

2020 Nissan Qashqai: News, Design, Specs, Price

Nissan’s compact Qashqai crossover SUV is one the most popular and one of the best picks in the class. The model entered the current generation in 2013 and received the mid-cycle update for the 2017 version with the extensive styling, interior and suspension upgrades. Recently, the 2019 Qashqai debuted with the upgraded engine range including the new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine and revamped other units. With the new engine, Nissan boosted also the infotainment system that is available in all expect the base version.

As for the next 2020 Nissan Qashqai, there won’t be major upgrades as Nissan announced the redesigned Qashqai in 2020 likely as the 2021 model. The next Qashqai will continue to live on the recent updates while the next generation model will be the new from the ground up.

2020 Nissan Qashqai

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Design

The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will repeat the current styling form which the model wears since the last, 2017 mid refresh. The attractive crossover has the V-motion grille style combined with the sharp, pointing headlights. The creases on the hood and profile side give it a more aggressive presence as well as the arched roofline and sculpted tailgate. The shapely rear fenders and boomerang-style taillights make the model also attractive from the rear-side perspective.

As for the next generation Qashqai, the model will arrive with the sleeker styling and switch to the new platform. The model should stay in similar dimensions while the new Common Module Family platform will provide better performance and allow adoption of the hybrid tech.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, the 2020 Qashqai will stay familiar story. Nissan upgraded the infotainment system for the 2019 version with the more responsive interface and the system is available in all grades except the entry-level version.

The Qashqai will also provide comfort for adults and decent cargo space. The buyers will also choose between several material levels and textures. Nissan equips all models with the advanced safety tech and the next Qashqai will also rely on an array of the modern systems. The new generation version will bring the updates to ProPilot autonomous tech and increased connectivity.

2020 Nissan Qashqai

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Powertrains

The nimble and comfortable Qashqai got the new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine for the 2019 version. The new turbocharged gasoline replaced the 1.2- and 1.6-liter gas-powered units and comes in two states of tune. The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will offer this engine with 140 hp at the disposal and a more powerful version will provide 160 hp.

The 2020 Qashqai will also return the familiar diesel units updated also for the 2019 version. Buyers will choose between the 1.5-liter cDi and more powerful 1.7-liter unit. The larger diesel engine makes 148 hp and uses also an AdBlue system to control emissions.

The new generation Qashqai will, however, introduce two hybrid powertrains while there won’t be the fully electric version. An ePower system will integrate the petrol engine regenerating the battery which powers an electric motor. The plug-in hybrid system will be sourced from Mitsubishi.

2020 Nissan Qashqai: Release, Price

The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will hit the market in late 2019. The new generation version will debut in 2020. Expect the similar price range for the 2019 version.

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Redesign, Changes, Engines, Debut

While Chevy presented the redesigned Chevy Silverado early this year the brand is also simultaneously working on the new-generation Silverado HD models and the truck-based SUVs. So, it’s not strange that the half-ton Silverado made the first to the public as this model will borrow the design, running gear, tech, etc. to the upcoming vehicles. The larger Suburban was spotted earlier while testing but the fast-selling Tahoe will also enter the new generation as the 2020 model.

The 2020 Chevy Tahoe, based on the spy photos and some sources, will finally switch to the independent rear suspension while coming also with the redesigned chassis and lighter. The model will get the modernized styling and interior adding also the newest teach features. The powertrain range should provide better performance and efficiency, with the possibility of the diesel engine introduction.

2020 Chevy Tahoe

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Design

The new, three-row 2020 Chevy Tahoe will share the same platform with the redesigned 2019 Silverado 1500 and come much lighter. With the extensive use of the high-tensile steel in the new underpinning and aluminum alloy for the swing-body elements, the new Tahoe should also reduce the weight significantly. The new-generation Tahoe could weigh as much 400 pounds less than the version it replaces. However, at the same time, the model could gain additional inches for the extended interior capacity.

Visually, the new version should come with the more modern styling but the heavily camouflaged prototype doesn’t reveal much. The model will sport the dual-port grille combined with the new headlights. The body lines and edges seem also to be softened but we will have a clear picture of model’s new look when the introduction takes place likely early next year.

Interior, Equipment:

The interior of the new Tahoe should increase the level of luxury, comfort and convenience. There should also be the increased interior capacity thanks to the additional inches and new cabin configuration.

The model will also get the newest tech features Chevy has on offer. The new infotainment system with the smartphone support and new center display will appear alongside the modern safety systems. The large SUV will rely on the systems like the adaptive cruise control, lane control, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, etc.

2020 Chevy Tahoe

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Powertrains

As for the engine choices, we should expect the 2020 Chevy Tahoe with the duo of familiar V-8 engines.

A 5.3-liter V-8 engine should appear with the improved fuel saving system and the new 8-speed automatic transmission. The power and torque ratings should stay around 355 hp and 383 lb-ft.

A 6.3-liter V-8 should be a more potent V-8 option in the combination with the new 10-speed automatic transmission.  The power with this engine should move to around 420 hp and torque to 460 lb-ft.

However, the next-generation Tahoe could also gain the diesel engine option. Again, related with the light-duty Silverado a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 would produce around 282 hp and torque of 450 lb-ft.

The new Tahoe will also switch to the rear independent suspension and will also provide the off-road upgrades.

2020 Chevy Tahoe: Release, Price

The redesigned 2020 Chevy Tahoe will likely debut at the Auto Show early next year. The price will likely move the starting point around $50, 000 but it will be known after the debut.

2020 Buick Envision: Changes, Design, Specs

The Chinese-built, mid-sized, five-seater Buick Envision is closing to the new model year after the 2019 refresh. While the model dropped the price for the recent mid-update it gained the updated styling and interior followed by the more powerful engine and the new 9-speed automatic transmission.

The next 2020 Buick Envision will continue to benefit from the mentioned upgrades and there won’t be major modifications before the next redesign probably for the 2022 version. The buyers should, however, expect new body color options and Buick might also make some of the advanced safety systems more accessible. The engine options and design will continue to the new model year in the same forms and the trim range should also stay in the same order.

2020 Buick Envision

2020 Buick Envision: Design

The 2020 Buick Envision will reprise the design theme of the current, refreshed version. The elegant, mid-size crossover gained the revised head and taillights for the recent refresh and the new grille version also adorns the front-end design. The waterfall design was discontinued in the favor of the sleeker chrome wing style.

The Envision has the sculpted rear-end design and profile lines and the sheet metal won’t change the structure and style before the next redesign. The new model year will, however, bring new color options and wheel design.

Interior, equipment:

The Envision changed just a few things inside the cabin for the recent refresh and the next version will stay in the same position as the current version regarding the cab style. The model will appear with the same control’s layout and material patterns. The trim range will likely stay as the current as well.

The Envision will deliver the new IntelliLink infotainment system with the 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone compatibility features in all grades. The standard equipment will also be the heated and power front seats, dual-zone climate control, a Wi-Fi hotspot and more. The new version could, however, broad the availability of some advanced safety systems for the new model year.

2020 Buick Envision

2020 Buick Envision: Powertrains

The 2020 Buick Envision will keep the current engine options and likely the same performance.

The base level powertrain will include a 2.5-liter non-turbo four-cylinder unit combined with the six-speed automatic transmission. The power and torque it delivers will remain at 197 hp and 192 pound-feet.

The more potent versions will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. Buick updated the torque ratings of the engine for the recent mid-update and combines it also with the new 9-speed automatic transmission. This engine will provide 252 hp and torque of 295 pound-feet.

The front- and all-wheel drive options will again appear. The fuel economy will remain at around 25 combined with the base engine and FWD. The turbo-power version and AWD would return around 22 mpg combined.

2020 Buick Envision: Arrival, Price

While the refreshed 2019 version arrived with the lower prices the unchanged 2020 Buick Envision will likely cost slightly higher. The model will go on sale late in 2019.

2020 Honda Passport: Design, Specs, Equipment, Price

Honda has recently revived the Passport nameplate and the model takes the form of the two-row crossover SUV with the “soft off-road” capability and plenty of interior space. The Passport model fills the gap between the compact CR-V and mid-size Pilot in the brand’s formidable crossover SUV range. The model shares plenty of style, interior features and mechanics with the Pilot SUV and the production takes place at the factory in Lincoln, Alabama where the three-row Pilot is being assembled as well.

Honda will offer the 2020 Honda Passport with the single engine option like the mid-size Pilot and the range of trims will also be familiar. The two-row Passport will go on sale in four trims including Sport, EX-L, Touring ould and Elite. The model will provide the same towing capability as the larger Pilot while will be more capable for the off-road adventures. There will also be the latest tech and safety systems and several premium features.

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Honda Passport: Design

The 2020 Honda Passport shares the platform with the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup and the model uses also the similar mechanic elements.

The Passport is, however, sized for the transportation of up to five people and provides plenty of cargo thanks to the clever interior design. The model measures 190,5 inches from bumper to bumper while rides on the 111-inch wheelbase. The wheelbase is identical to that of the larger Pilot but the Passport is 6 inches shorter while has a 10-inch longer footprint than the compact CR-V.

Form the visual perspective, the model looks like the shrunken Pilot with the similar shape and styling elements. The shape of the grille and the headlights are similar to the latest vehicles from Honda. The Passport has also nice creases on the hood and dynamic character line on the side panels.

The model improves also the off-road capability with the lifted ride height and taller wheel arches than the larger Pilot. The Passport has the ride height of 8.4 inches and boasts also the better approach and departure angles than the larger cousin. The approach angle is 21,4 degrees and departure 27, 6 inches.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the Passport uses the design familiar from the larger Pilot and offer a similar equipment range. The same wheelbase as the three-row Pilot provides, however, competitive passenger and cargo space.  With the all five seats in function, the model provides 41,2 cubes of the cargo room while with no passengers in the rear row the capacity shrinks to 100 cubes. The model has also a number of storage compartments and plenty of the legroom in both rows.

As for the available equipment, the base model starts with the cloth upholstery, LED headlights, keyless ignition, etc. The standard equipment includes also the 7-inch TFT instrument cluster display, a 5-inch center screen, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, etc. The EX-L adds an 8-inch touchscreen with the smartphone support, leather upholstery, power tailgate, heated front seats, etc. The Touring improves with the heated rear seats, wi-fi hotspot, parking sensors, etc. The range-topping version has the cooled seats, heated steering wheel, unique trim accents and more.

Honda makes also the Passport safer with the standard systems like the adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, active lane control and lane departure warning. The blind-spot monitoring becomes the standard equipment in the EX-L and upper grades.

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Honda Passport: Performance

The 2020 Honda Passport adopts the Pilot-based underpinning and the same engine as well. A 3.5-liter V-6 makes 280 hp and torque of 262 pound-feet. The 9-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the front wheel by default. The available four-wheel drive and improved ride height compared to the three-row Pilot and combined with the shorter overhangs boost the off-road capability over the Pilot’s but the Passport remains the soft off-roader.

The Passport will also provide the good towing capability. The same platform and mechanics mean the same towing ratings as the Pilot SUV. The front-wheel-drive Passport allows up to 3, 500 pounds of towing. With the power on all wheels, the model can tow up to 5, 000 pounds.

2020 Honda Passport: Arrival, Price

Honda hasn’t revealed the price of the 2020 Honda Passport but we should expect the starting point just under $30, 000. The on-sale date will be early next year.