According to spy images and photos trolling the web, the new 2018 Honda Pilot is set for some few changes on several of its facets. The interior is set to be the biggest beneficiary due to the updates to the technologies and material quality. As before, the Honda Pilot is still expected to come with a ride smooth quality, high-tech safety features, a versatile interior, an intelligent all-wheel drive system, better fuel economy ratings, and plenty of room for big families.
Pricing and release date details for the Pilot are yet to be offered, however, industry pundits had their own input. Read on to know what they think!
Doesn’t Need An Upgrade?
For starters, the Honda pilot has been the go-to three-row SUV for buyers looking for efficiency and plenty of interior accommodations for the large families. It hits all the high notes for reliability, comfort, and versatility too. According to rumors, the new Honda Pilot isn’t expected to undergo such a radical surgery as the existing model is still up to the task when it comes to material quality and upscale technologies. Minor design changes and technological updates are nevertheless imminent, at least from what we hear.
Every Car Wants To Be The Pilot
Since its arrival thirteen years ago, the Pilot has continued to distinguish itself by setting industry benchmarks for dynamic handling, safety performance, fuel efficiency, and thoughtful interior packaging. And yet, Honda never seems to rest on its laurels. See, the 2016 Pilot was reengineered from the ground up with virtually every aspect thoroughly redesigned to match the contemporary needs of the modern consumer. This was achieved through offering premium amenities, more advanced technologies, and delivering more family-friendly utility than ever before.
The result: a three-row premium SUV that enjoys unparalleled superiority when it comes to competitive pricing, reputation for reliability, and well-rounded attributes. We highly recommend the Pilot to anyone seeking a sleek, premium, family-friendly three-row modern crossover SUV. But even with so many praises coming its way, the Pilot will unfortunately have to battle it out with other large three-row SUV heavyweights. The 2018 Toyota Highlander is probably the Muhammad Ali of the large family three-row SUV class. Other solid choices include the Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the 2016 Ford Flex.
What Are The 2018 Honda Pilot USA Release Date & Price?
While it is early to talk of the release date and price now, rumors are rife that the Pilot price will remain unchanged over its immediate predecessor which goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $38,755. This is welcome news especially for purposes of making it competitive in the hot-rod class. It is expected to go for sale sometime in mid-2018, probably as 2018 Honda Pilot. No details have however been offered by Honda and these are purely speculative.
Rumored 2018 Honda Pilot Exterior Spy Pictures
As already mentioned, the new 2018 Honda Pilot isn’t expected to change much from the outgoing model due to the thorough redesign change the previous model underwent. As such, the existing exterior design will carry on except for the minor tweaks that Honda may offer. The front and rear bumper, headlights and taillights, and the tailgate design will carry over unchanged. There’s however reports that the grille and hood may change slightly to offer the front fascia a more modern outlook.
Also, while the existing model enjoys eight exterior colors including five pearl and three metallic colors, several additions may be available as well. But even if the current color palette carries over unaltered, the 2018 Pilot will still enjoy a strong character by exhibiting a smart luxury appearance as before.
2018 Honda Pilot Interior Photos
The heavy camouflage on its exterior makes it almost impossible for anyone to peek through. As you can see from the images here however, the Pilot interior layout remains the same as before – a good thing I’d say. Material and technological upgrades are expected nevertheless. Some of the standard accessories to expect include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone app integration, an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen interface, satellite and HD radio, dual-zone automatic climate control.
Available Trims Are…
Five trims are expected for the 2018 Honda Pilot: EX-L, EX, Elite, Touring, and LX. Slight changes can be expected on its release date however.
The familiar 3.5L V6 engine rated at 280 horsepower and 262 lbs. ft. of torque should be expected. A fully equipped Honda Pilot will achieve a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
New Safety Measures
With safety technologies such as road departure intervention, a lane departure warning, a forward collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, a slew of airbags, and rear-cross traffic alerts, there’s no doubt that the newest breed of the Pilot will score a five out of five star rating for overall crash impact protection.
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