At the Chicago Auto Show, Honda introduced their all-new 2016 Pilot three-row crossover, taking it in a more stylistic direction than before.
New from the ground-up, the 2016 Honda Pilot brings styling that’s much more flowing and friendly to the eye than the current model. Instead of the upright Legoland appearance of before, it comes off as sleek and modern, even artistic.
It looks larger too because it is, gaining 3.5-inches in length overall yet Honda says it’s up to 300 lbs. lighter than the outgoing model.
It gets all the latest in lighting tricks with LED projector-beam headlamps and running lights as well as standard LED taillights. A first for Honda, the 2016 Pilot will also be available with wheel sizes up to 20-inches.
The interior design too is more appealing than before, with a more swept and eye-catching layout, A larger center mounted touch-screen infotainment system has all the toys, and the instrument cluster is now of the customizable digital kind.
A center console tech locker sits down low, giving space for all manner of phones, tablets, and other devices. Connectivity will be at its max with a laundry list of wired and wireless options including up to to five USB ports.
Seating for up to eight starts with front seats now available with both heating and ventilation. The second row can have captain’s chairs with a low console or a bench seat for three-across seating.
Under the hood is the latest generation 3.5-liter, direct-injected V6 which can now be had with either a 6-speed or a new 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Pilot of course will be available in both front and all-wheel drive.
Designed and built in North America, the 2016 Honda Pilot will arrive in dealerships this summer with pricing to be announced closer to launch.