Honda Reveals the Rugged Roads Project at Overland Expo West

Honda isn’t slacking on off-road-focused news. After the announcement of the new adventure-ready 2022 Passport, they’re now introducing the Passport Trailsport Rugged Roads Project vehicle. This project showcases the overlanding capability of the redesigned 2022 Passport, and it will make its public debut at Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona September, 24-26, 2021.

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project

The Rugged Roads Project vehicle was built with experienced overlander and Honda Passport enthusiast Jon Tuico, of the popular Youtube channel JonDZ Adventuring.

The redesigned 2022 Passport features more aggressive styling in front of the A-pillars, 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 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.

READ MORE: The 2022 Honda Passport Gets Backcountry Ready

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.

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.

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project

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 was added.

Alongside the Passport TrailSport Rugged Roads Project vehicle, Honda also will showcase Jon Tuico’s own modified 2019 Passport.

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