Honda first filed a patent application for the ‘Passport’ name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office last spring. It also filed a design patent application in November for a mid-size crossover that appeared nearly identical to the Honda UR-V for China. In China, the UR-V serves as a mid-size, two-row crossover that slots above the CR-V in Honda’as product portfolio. It therefore seems likely that the ‘Passport’ rumored for North America is simply a UR-V revised to meet North America safety and emissions regulations.
The North American-spec UR-V, or ‘Passport’, will make its debut later this year.