What’s the Pilot?
With its distinctive ranges of highway and seat consolation, an upscale cabin design and a spacious seating association, the third-generation Honda Pilot instantly turned our favourite three-row crossover when it debuted in 2016. However the years therefore have seen the Kia Telluride (and its mechanical twin, the Hyundai Palisade) usurp the Honda to assert the crown as their very own. So what’s a deposed ruler to do? The reply lies inside the tiny picture above — squint arduous sufficient and you will get a glimpse of the absolutely redesigned 2023 Honda Pilot.
Whereas Honda hasn’t mentioned a lot in regards to the Pilot at this level, we consider the Pilot will transfer to a brand new platform — particularly a framework utilized by the lately redesigned Acura MDX. This platform change strikes the Pilot away from the inspiration it shares with the Odyssey minivan and onto one which underpins its sportier company counterpart. This transformation alone ought to deal with one in all our central complaints in regards to the Pilot: its boring and ponderous dealing with.
Given this anticipated change, it additionally is smart that the Pilot may even use the MDX’s V6 powertrain. At 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, this V6 is barely stronger than the Pilot’s present engine. As with the MDX, the transmission ought to acquire an additional gear for a fair ten.
Honda’s newer automobiles primarily share the identical inside design, so look to the brand new Civic, HR-V and CR-V for a clue to the Pilot’s future cabin aesthetic. We additionally hope that the Pilot is stretched a bit to compete with the adult-friendly third rows of the Telluride, Palisade and Volkswagen Atlas.
Honda provides us a really early have a look at the redesigned 2023 Honda Pilot. Count on one thing just like the earlier Pilot, however with trendy Honda styling inside and outside. The automaker has largely taken the strategy of refining its lineup slightly than introducing groundbreaking new merchandise.