The 2016 Honda Pilot has made its debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Packing graceful styling, heightened power and economy, and a host of new tech and safety features, Honda’s evolutionary eight-passenger ‘ute has made a bold statement.
Check out Nathan’s interview with Richard Pham, senior product planner for the 2016 Honda Pilot below:
The 2016 Honda Pilot is powered by a new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with VCM cylinder deactivation technology. For further-improved fuel efficiency, the Pilot will also include available Idle Stop technology that shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, restarting the engine when the driver lifts their foot off the brake pedal.
The new engine is mated either to a 6-speed automatic transmission or, on upper trims, a Honda-first 9-speed automatic transmission. The new Pilot will be available in front-wheel and significantly-revised all-wheel-drive configurations.
Additional high-end amenities for the 2016 Honda Pilot include available heated and ventilated front seats, as well as a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. For the first time, upper-trim Pilot models will have available two second-row captain’s chairs, in addition to the standard second-row three-person 60/40 split seat for 8-passenger seating capacity.
Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, but stay tuned to TFLcar for the latest developments on the 2016 Honda Pilot.