Redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot: Changes and Improvements
The 2016 Honda Pilot has been introduced at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The world premiere of the redesigned Pilot SUV revealed all the changes they’ve made. With improved appearance, safety and technology, the latest addition to the Honda’s SUV range will certainly be one of the most interesting vehicles on the market.
The third generation of the very popular Pilot moniker got a number of changes that substantially improve the experience. They tried to bring more luxury inside the SUV, since they probably anticipated that the target audience would require such a change, but that’s not all.
Exterior Redesign – American Design of 2016 Pilot
The exterior of the 2016 Honda Pilot is exactly like we expected. They used the recognizable design language as a canvas to paint a completely new picture of the famous nameplate. As you can see, the designers probably haven’t got a carte blanche for the makeover, but it seems that they had just enough liberty to make the 2016 Pilot muscular and modern without stepping out of the conservative boundaries.
This kind of SUVs doesn’t have to be revolutionary, to change things in the automotive industry when it comes to the exterior design. They are more often created to convey a message of versatility, reliability and safety.
The 2016 Pilot will have numerous optional features – panoramic roof, LED daytime running lights and taillights, LED projector headlights with auto high beam technology, 20-inch wheels etc.
The automaker seems to be especially proud of the fact that the 2016 Honda Pilot, like its predecessors, has been designed and developed in the USA.
2016 Honda Pilot Interior Changes
Inside the new Pilot, the automaker offers available heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. The third-gen Pilot is the first one to come with captain’s chairs in the second row. Aside from the extended comfort, this means that the third-row seats are more accessible.
Having in mind that the 2016 Honda Pilot has to focus on its versatility, it used its additional 3.5 inches of overall length to improve it. Now, the Pilot SUV has the ability to have an 82-quart cooler back in the cargo space with third-row seats in place.
Since the 2016 Pilot is a family-oriented SUV, the interior has been designed on that premise. It has up to five USB ports, auxiliary jacks for almost any audio player, two 12-volt outlets, two headphone jacks, HDMI port for a gaming console and a 115-volt outlet.
Display Audio telematics are displayed on an 8-inch touchscreen. Behind the Display Audio telematics interface is an Android-based operating system and a processor with more power. There are also some interesting available features, such as an all-new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System and a 9-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and Blu-Ray capability.
Earth Dreams Powertrain
Thorough improvements of the entire third generation model aren’t just focused on appearance and comfort. The 2016 Honda Pilot is powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter Earth Dreams i-VTEC V6 engine. The new engine should be a masterpiece of the automotive engineering, but the automaker hasn’t announced how much power it can deliver.
But nonetheless, we know that the engine will be mated with either a 6-speed automatic transmission or a new 9-speed automatic gearbox. They promise that those transmissions will be able to deliver “notably refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance”.
The 2016 Pilot will be available with front- and all-wheel drive. It’s important to say that the all-wheel-drive system is brand new and it should provide significantly better performance.
The V6 engine comes with Variable Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation technology as well as the Idle Stop technology. All the engineering solutions will improve the SUV’s fuel efficiency, but the fact that the new Pilot is about 300 pounds lighter and that it has notably improved aerodynamics will also contribute to the performance and EPA fuel economy ratings.
2016 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price
The 2016 Honda Pilot will be released this summer. The pricing will be announced later.
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