Possible Mid-Size Honda SUV in the Works Based on Pilot

There are rumors that a mid-size Honda SUV may be in the works that would be a smaller version of the full-size Pilot. Honda currently has the compact CR-V and the subcompact HR-V, so it has plenty of room in the lineup for a two-row mid-size.

Honda Pilot

The Rumor

The smaller version of the Pilot, which would have much of the same build but be built on a shorter wheelbase, would compete with other segment leaders like the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge. Autoblog suggests the mid-size SUV may be around 187 inches long and be priced at about $27,000, squarely between the CR-V and the Pilot and on par with other vehicles in the segment.

WardsAuto came out with the news about the mid-size Pilot first, and while they have no guesses as to what the name will be, Car and Driver thinks they may revive the Passport moniker. Autoblog disagrees, saying it may go the way of Hyundai and Mitsubishi and call it the Honda Pilot Sport or just come up with an entirely new name.

Production on the new mid-size SUV will begin in September of next year. For more information on this or the Honda SUV lineup, give us a call at Bryan Honda!

Honda Serial One Restoration Complete

Honda Serial OneIn 1969 after becoming the best-selling motorcycle brand in the United States, Honda introduced the N600 to our shores. After nearly 50 years of sitting in a junk pile, someone discovered Serial One—an N600 with VIN 1000001. However, they didn’t even know what they had found.

This historic vehicle was in dire shape, but was given to LA-based mechanic Tim Mings for a full restoration. Something he does on a full-time basis. When Mings made the serial number discovery, he contacted Honda and of course they became involved in the restoration.

The project took over a year to complete and the car had to be taken apart down to its sheet metal before any rebuilding could begin. Honda documented the entire process and has released a series of videos so fans could follow along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETI5FGAUeos

“Throughout the incredible journey of Honda’s Serial One to a complete restoration, fans have been able to witness firsthand how meticulous the process has been to bring the first N600 in America back to its original form,” said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager. “Sharing the restoration process with car enthusiasts and Honda fans everywhere is what this program has been all about.”

The finished product was unveiled at the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California this summer.