Honda has announced the imminent launch of the TrailSport family of models, even more focused on off-roading and unity with nature. Apparently, we are talking about individual modifications of crossovers and pickups, by analogy with the Subaru Wilderness or Toyota’s TRD Pro, which will differ not only in off-road attributes, but also in technical terms. For example, they will get increased ground clearance.
According to Honda, the TrailSport nameplate will become synonymous with utility, with the first cars from the new lineup arriving at dealerships by the end of this year. They will feature distinctive exterior décor, stern and front end designs, orange stitching on the seats and all-weather rubber mats – but styling won’t stop there.
Subsequent Trailsports are promised increased ground clearance, aggressive tires, a full-size spare wheel, reinforced suspension and underbody protection – that is, the same thing that makes the Subaru Forester Wilderness stand out. The mention of the i-VTM4 all-wheel drive suggests Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline will be contenders for inclusion in the TrailSport family.
The first one bears the title of the most utilitarian Honda model. Its ground clearance is 213.4 millimeters, which looks impressive against the background of the American CR-V and Pilot – 208 and 185 millimeters, respectively. At the heart of the Honda Passport is the Global Light Truck platform with MacPherson struts at the front and multi-link rear suspension. The crossover is equipped with an aspirated V6 3.5 (284 hp and 355 Nm), a nine-band automatic and all-wheel drive with an ITM traction control system.