The current Honda Pilot has been in the market for the last five years, thus its manufacturers feel it is time to give it some refreshments. The refreshments are meant to make the new model more competitive and also to enable it become the best medium size sports utility vehicle in the market. The 2016 Honda Pilot is to be released as a 2016 year model. 2016 Honda Pilot will be offered in the same trims just like its predecessors, and they include LX, EX-L, XX and Touring.
2016 Honda Pilot: Exterior and Interior
Its designers are expected to move from Honda’s dominant platform to a new one which will be similar to that of Acura MDX. This move indicated that the all new 2016 Honda Pilot shall be much larger than the current version. The enlargement will cause an increase in the area between the second and the third row as well as its cargo space which is already a descent size. Although Honda Pilot is a mid size SUV, the 2016 Honda Pilot will be offered in three rows of seats. The changes in its dimensions will affect a number of areas in this new car. Even its wheel base will also be increased thus causing better aerodynamic capabilities. This model will be lower than its predecessor, an aspect aimed at improving its overall characteristics and increasing its trunk capabilities. Its front, especially the grille will be significantly changed while is lights will be made out of LED technology. A lot of chrome details are expected on its sides.
Inside this 3 row SUV, it will be a bit larger than the outgoing 2 row Honda Pilot. It will be made using modern luxurious materials. The additional third row is expected to be easily accessible through the door with a little more space. Its control panel shall be improved significantly to include a new LCD screen which will come with a vast array of functionalities. It will acquire the latest in terms of infotainment systems. Again, this new 2016 Honda Pilot will be offered with a lot of advanced safety features. They include rear view camera which shall be standard on all tiers, adaptive cruise control, electronic stability control and side curtains bags in all the tree rows.
Owing to its increased length, its interior will also be spacious enough for the drivers and passengers to sit comfortably. There will be adequate leg room to ensure a relaxed position during long journeys. This new model’s interior will get redesigned rectangular air ventilations which will replace the current circular air vents.
2016 Honda Pilot: Engine and Fuel Economy
This model is expected to run in just one engine which is believed to share some similarities with the engine in the current model. The anticipated engine is an i-VTEC V6 3.5-liter unit which is capable of generating 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The said engine is being made using Earth Dreams technology. It shall be combined with 6 speed automatic transmission. The rear wheel drive shall be offered in the standard model while the all wheel drive will be optional. Although the engine will be similar to the one in the outgoing model, its mileage shall be improved slightly. For the new 2016 Honda Pilot, it will go at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
2016 Honda Pilot: Price and Release Date
The expected cost of the new third generation Honda Pilot is likely to be $ 31 000 for the base model while the high models will cost about $ 43 000. As for its release date, it is anticipated to take place within the first quarter of 2016.