Honda on Monday unveiled a redesigned Pilot, one that includes extra space and bolder styling than its predecessor.
The brand new mid-size SUV, which represents the fourth technology of the Pilot nameplate, goes on sale in December as a 2023 mannequin. Pricing data will likely be introduced nearer to the on-sale date.
Total size has grown to roughly 200 inches, up from the outgoing mannequin’s 196.5 inches, making this Honda’s largest SUV thus far. The wheelbase has additionally grown 2.8 inches to a complete 113.8 inches, and monitor width can be up entrance and rear. All of this interprets to extra space for passengers and storage.
The 2023 Pilot continues to supply eight seats cut up over three rows, and consumers can choose a detachable center seat for the second row, which has been designed to slot in the ground of the automobile when not in use. Cupboard space behind the third row is 22.4 cubic toes. Folding the second and third rows flat expands the house to 113.7 cubic toes.
Energy comes from a newly developed 3.5-liter V-6 that generates a peak 285 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, numbers which might be low in comparison with rivals. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automated and drives the entrance wheels as commonplace. All-wheel drive is offered and commonplace on greater grades. In some instances, as much as 70% of the engine’s torque could be despatched to the rear axle, and as much as 100% of this may be despatched to both the left or proper rear wheel throughout arduous cornering. The towing capability is 5,000 lb.
On the skin, the 2023 Pilot has taken on a way more rugged design than the outgoing Pilot whose tender traces are extra minivan than SUV. The rugged design is epitomized within the new Pilot Trailsport grade which provides off-road-tuned suspension, 1.0-inch greater floor clearance, metal skid plates, and all-terrain tires wrapped round 18-inch wheels. It is usually accessible in a singular shade of blue paint.
2023 Honda Pilot
2023 Honda Pilot
Underpinning the 2023 Pilot is Honda’s World Mild Truck Platform, which made its debut within the 2022 Acura MDX. The platform is extra inflexible than the one it replaces and this could translate into higher dynamics for the 2023 Pilot. The suspension consists of MacPherson struts up entrance and a brand new multi-link setup on the rear. Within the Trailsport, there’s distinctive tuning of the stabilizer bars, spring charges, and damper valves, plus the aforementioned additional inch of floor clearance.
Applied sciences, both commonplace or accessible, embrace digital screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment methods, measuring as much as 10.2 and 9.0 inches, respectively. There’s additionally a drive mode selector with seven modes, together with new Sport, Tow, and Path modes. There’s additionally Path Torque Logic, a particular mode for off-roading that exactly controls torque as a way to direct it the place it is wanted if one of many wheels ought to carry off the bottom. One other new function is the digital camera system which depends on 4 exterior cameras to assist drivers navigate obstacles outdoors their line of sight.
Though it is nowhere close to as widespread as its smaller sibling, the CR-V, the Pilot remains to be an essential member of the Honda lineup. Final yr the automaker managed to promote 143,062 items within the U.S. alone. Manufacturing is dealt with at Honda’s plant in Lincoln, Alabama.