The first Honda models under the TrailSport subbrand will arrive by the end of 2021 while more specialized vehicles land in the near future.
The other day, Honda announced it would introduce the TrailSport line for light trucks and SUVs that brings a more rugged design and off-road capability.
The TrailSport-badged Hondas will compete with Ford Timberline vehicles – Explorer and Expedition, and Hyundai’s XRT models. The Honda Ridgeline and the Honda Passport will be the first to receive the TrailSport treatment, followed by the Pilot and CR-V.
The last two are U.S. best-sellers of the brand: Honda sold 272,657 CR-Vs and 102,437 Pilots from January to August 2021. The Ridgeline and Passport are much less popular (28,188 and 35,969 sales, respectively), but the TrailSport versions could spur customer interest in the models.
The TrailSport trim includes underbody protection, durable cladding, more aggressive tires, lifted ground clearance, off-road suspension tunings.
An outstanding i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system will help get dirty tackling trails. There will be unique design touches, such as orange contrast stitching, easy-to-clean signature all-weather mats in the cabin.