Equipped for Adventure: Honda Reveals Rugged Roads Project Vehicle
• Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project vehicle showcases overlanding capability of redesigned 2022 Honda Passport which will make its public debut at Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Ariz., Sept. 24-26
•Rugged Roads Project vehicle built with experienced overlander and Honda Passport enthusiast Jon Tuico, of the popular YouTube channel JonDZ Adventuring
•Custom build expands on rugged brand direction of Honda light trucks and represents the vision for more off-road capable TrailSport models in the future
•TrailSport is the new halo for Honda light trucks that highlights the built-in off-road capability, versatility and durability
Honda today unveiled the Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project vehicle, a custom build outfitted with accessories and gear to support overlanding enthusiasts. Leveraging the restyled 2022 Passport Trailsport, which features a new rugged exterior design, the Rugged Roads Project vehicle also expresses the vision for more off-road capable production Trailsport models to come.
The new, redesigned 2022 Passport features more aggressive sheet metal from the A-pillars forward, including a prominent skid garnish, and a new rear bumper with larger dual exhaust outlets. The new exterior design gives the Passport a tougher look that better matches its current off-road capabilities.
In addition to new styling, the 2022 Passport is the first Honda to receive the TrailSport treatment that includes a unique grille, orange interior accents, machined 18-inch wheels and unique tires with sidewall tread for a more rugged look. Trailsport is the new halo for Honda light trucks that further highlights their built-in off-road capability, versatility, and durability with exclusive styling inside and out.
Over the next few model years and depending on the model, the off-road capability of TrailSport models will increase. Possible future upgrades include more aggressive tires, full-size spare tires, wider application of increased ground clearance, off-road tuned suspensions, underbody protection, and expanded all-wheel drive system capabilities.
Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project
Built with experienced overlander and Honda Passport enthusiast Jon Tuico, of the popular YouTube channel JonDZ Adventuring, the Passport Trailsport Rugged Roads Project vehicle will debut at the Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Ariz. from Sept. 24-26.
Úsing the new 2022 Passport TrailSport as a starting point, the Rugged Roads Project vehicle is fitted with additional off-road focused components to further advance its overlanding capability. Ready to go off the grid, the Rugged Roads Project vehicle features Honda Genuine Accessories, a Jsport suspension lift kit for more ground clearance, and rugged Firestone Destination A/T2 all-terrain tires for improved off-road traction without sacrificing the Passport's excellent road manners.
Custom designed and fabricated by Honda R&D are recovery points painted TrailSport orange, and thick stainless steel skid plates to protect the SÚV's oil pan and fuel tank from rocks and other off-road hazards. A lower door brush garnish protects its body panels.
Roof crossbars and a Dirt Complex tow-hitch tire carrier add rugged functionality and expand cargo hauling. Fender flares, special 18-inch wheels and black Honda emblems make the Rugged Roads Project vehicle ready to tackle the toughest terrain. To make overnight excursions more comfortable, a Sparrow XL rooftop tent from Roofnest were added.
Alongside the Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project vehicle, Honda also will showcase Jon Tuico's own modified 2019 Passport. For more information, including videos of Jon's rugged Passport in action on his many overlanding adventures, visit JonDZ Adventuring.All-New 2022 Passport TrailSport
Honda has offered weekend adventurers durable and capable light trucks for more than two decades. Now, the addition of TrailSport's more aggressive rugged design, inside and out, further showcases the true off-road capability of the brand's light trucks. With a standard 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, 9-speed automatic transmission and Honda's best-in-class i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, the 2022 Honda Passport TrailSport exceeds the off-road needs of most light-truck buyers, while providing excellent on-road dynamics.
The first-ever Passport TrailSport packs exclusive exterior styling, including a unique grille treatment, more aggressive front and rear bumpers with skid plate designs, and new machined 18-inch wheels with Pewter painted highlights. The unique design of its 245/60R18 tires includes sidewall tread for a more rugged look.
Inspired by nature's beauty and the spirit of exploration, even the design of the new TrailSport logo expresses the exhilaration of outdoor adventure. Orange on black TrailSport badges grace the SÚV's grille and tailgate, while the Passport and AWD badges are painted gloss black instead of the chrome finish used on the rest of the lineup.
In the cabin, TrailSport stands out with orange contrast stitching on the steering wheel, door panels and seats, with the TrailSport logo embroidered on the front seat head rests and molded onto the standard all-season rubber floor mats. At night, the interior features exclusive amber ambient lighting in the footwells, overhead console, door handle pocket, door tray and cupholders.
More information about the exciting updates to the 2022 Honda Passport and Passport TrailSport is available here.Honda Ridgeline HPD Trail Tour Project Vehicle
Attendees of Overland Expo also will witness the debut of the Ridgeline HPD Trail Tour Project Vehicle, another custom build by Honda that's fully equipped for overlanding. Based on a production 2021 Honda Ridgeline with the optional HPD Package, the pickup project is adventure-ready with bed and rooftop accessories from Thule, including a Tepui Kukenam 3 rooftop tent, and a custom spare tire carrier from Jsport. The Ridgeline HPD Trail Tour Project Vehicle's off-road capability is further improved with recovery points, and stainless steel underbody skid plates custom designed and fabricated by Honda R&D, a Jsport suspension lift kit, and Firestone Destination A/T2 all-terrain tires.
Honda also will display a collection of its Powersports and Power Equipment products that support overlanding lifestyles, including award-winning Honda off-road motorcycles, side-by-sides and generators.About Overland Expo
Founded in 2009, Overland Expo is the world's premier event series for do-it-yourself adventure-travel enthusiasts. The event hosts hundreds of session-hours of classes for 4-wheel-drive and adventure motorcycling. Each event also features the Overland Film Festival, inspirational programs, roundtable discussions, demonstrations, and more. Overland Expo features hundreds of vendors of adventure-travel equipment, camping gear, bikes, vehicles, and services. More information about Overland Expo can be found here.About Overland Trail Tour
Overland Trail Tour is Overland Expo's official overland media tour to Overland Expo West. Traversing more than 400 miles — mostly off road — over three days, media attendees will wind their way along the Grand Canyon and through Grand Staircase Escalante en route to Flagstaff, Arizona. During the drive, they'll put to the test the latest and greatest vehicles and equipment from across the overlanding market. At the same time, they'll learn essential overland-driving skills from Overland Expo's official training partners, 7P Overland.Source - Honda