Honda Pilot, a mid-size 5-door crossover SUV can be found on the markets since 2002 and received its last facelift in 2012. Since it is now in its second generation, and long time at that, 2015 Honda Pilot will be a brand new model of third generation. In other words, a redesign is coming to the market.
Trim levels will remain same and Pilot will be offered in LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring tiers, all with RWD or 4WD options. Engine will also be carried over and familiar 3.5L V6 that has 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque coupled with 5-speed automatic transmission will also remain. It is possible that new four-cylinder engine will be introduced, together with more degrees of transmission for better fuel consumption ratings.
Exterior is bound to receive a facelift which will be easily noticeable in front end fascia, with new chrome grille and headlights. Boxy design will remain quite similar but will also be minimized to some extent. Few other changes will also find its place in 2015 Pilot as it will get new wheels, fresh liftgate and other smaller details.
Redesigned 2015 Honda Pilot
Interior is as spacious as they come and will remain as that, thanks to its boxy design that leaves a lot of headroom in all three rows of seats. Plenty of passenger space will also be complemented with more than enough storage compartments for personal belongings, as was the case with its predecessor. New materials will be used in furbishing of the new model and as before, leather trimmed interior and seats will be available from EX-L trim. Dashboard is supposed to get a new shape, but instrument panel will keep its controls with shift stick close to steering wheel which leaves already mentioned space for bins and cubbies in center stack.
Safety is supposed to be upgraded in front of the car with new front end bars made of strong steel. Besides that, safety comes with full three-row airbag system, rearview camera, electronic brake distribution with brake assist, LATCH and more. There is no doubt that Honda has paid a lot of attention to this segment.
Fuel economy is one of the best in three-row category and offers 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with RWD configuration, while 4WD models lower these numbers slightly to give 17/24 mpg ratings. If Honda chooses to incorporate a new smaller engine as an option, these numbers might rise considerably. Another way to further improve this is to offer hybrid powertrain and we do know that Honda has a lot of experience in this segment.
Release Date Of 2015 Honda Pilot
Prices will not change much and entry trim will cost around $30,000, while Touring Pilot could go for up to $42,000. These prices can be considerably higher since equipment packages on Pilot tend to be quite expensive. All in all, 2015 Honda Pilot should improve on some of its weak spots from previous generation, but don’t expect anything radical. If you liked previous model, there’s no reason not to like this one. Additional details are expected during the fall when we do expect to see production version while the sales should start before the end of 2014th or at the beginning of 2015th.