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.
Using 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 SUV’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.
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