The company’s popular mid-sized crossover is getting ready for a relaunch as the 2018 Honda Pilot. This vehicle will be exactly what its predecessors have been known for – efficient and within reachable budget. Currently, in its third generation, the Pilot has always been targeting the North American market and has done so very successfully.
However, after its transition from second to its third generation in 2016, the Pilot sales have shown a little dip. This is probably the reason why Honda are planning some enhancements in this crossover. The main competitors for this vehicle remain the likes of Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Hyundai Santa Fe.
2018 Honda Pilot – Body Design and Interior
Staying true to its third generation design of 2016, the 2018 Honda Pilot will have sharp edges in front and on sides like its current model. The grille in front might be in a lower position than its previous models while a new set of fog lamps and LED headlights are expected. Some are expecting the addition of a spoiler on this vehicle’s rear to make it look a bit more sporty and aggressive. Daytime running headlights though will probably be present in Touring and Elite trim levels.
The space for the passenger is something Pilot has always been lauded for. No wonder, the 2018 Honda Pilot also remains amply spacious like its predecessors. Three rows of seats for seven passengers has always been standard for Pilot and that is how it will stay in this model as well. Interestingly, the second row of this vehicle can be slid out by pressing a push button which is a unique and easy method to increase cabin space. Again, the smartphone integration too will be present through both Android Auto and CarPlay. Space in the trunk will be increased according to rumors while the substantial use of aluminum lining and leather will make it more aesthetically luxurious.
The naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 engine is current powertrain and will probably continue in the 2018 version. This engine is able to produce 280 HP of power and around 262 lb-ft of torque.
The 2018 Honda Pilot will be available in five trim levels which are LX, EX, EXL, Touring and Elite. The first three levels will get a 6-speed automatic transmission while the last two will have a 9-speed automatic transmission. The fuel economy for Elite is 19/27 mpg in cities/highways. While Touring will have an economy of 20/27 mpg.
Estimated Cost and Release Date
The 2018 Honda Pilot price will remain very similar to the 2016 model keeping it quite competitive in the market. The LX, EX and EX-L will be available at $31,000, $33,900 and $37,400. While Touring and Elite trims are expected to cost $42,500 and $48,000. Expect this vehicle to be available by the end of 2017.