The Japanese manufacturer plans to unveil the redesigned 2019 Honda Pilot. The new model is expected to introduce a revised powertrain and possibly an overhauled body style. As per a reliable report from a trusted source, the Honda is creating a shorter wheelbase Pilot with five seats. It offers excellent features that would upsurge the price.
The inbound Honda Pilot is likely to share the same platform with the incumbent Pilot. Nevertheless, it is slated to receive a couple of updates. Although Honda didn’t say a thing concerning the next Honda Pilot, it actually is expected to get an upgraded running gear.
The reason is that, even though the current vehicle is very comfortable, it is not as good to drive as expected. Apparently, its weak points become evident at higher speeds. Consequently, it will receive better shocks that mirror those of the new Odyssey.
2019 Honda Pilot – Comes with Luxurious and Elegant Look
The 2019 Honda Pilot will maintain the same framework, but we will see a few tweaks here and there to make this car a tad more certified. The current model is comfy but features a vague guiding feel. Rumor has it that the new model would get an off-road version. Even though we haven’t confirmed this report, the revamped Honda Pilot receives a higher ground clearance than its sibling.
The upcoming Pilot also features small rims which get wrapped in performance off-road tires. Its front, rear and underside skid-plates are all revised to create a beefier look. We are likely to see a redesigned front fascia with the slimmer set of headlights. The rear section similarly gets a new set of taillights.
When it comes to the interior, the next Pilot is not only well-appointed but also comfortable. The automaker will introduce a whole new infotainment system. Rather than featuring the touch-based unit that is found in its sibling, the incoming Honda Pilot receives the same unit as that of the latest CR-V. It is easy to use because it comes with a volume knob alongside essential shortcut buttons.
The automaker plans to discontinue the gear lever in favor of a rotary knob. If this becomes a reality, it will free up a lot of space on the center console. The current model showcases an impressive set of systems that include some optional extras. But, the next Honda Pilot gets almost all of these features as standard.
Honda will install such things as a lane-departure warning, frontal collision and avoidance systems, as well as an active lane-keep assist. Additionally, a rear-cross traffic accident detection will become available as standard. These features would not only increase the value of the 2019 Honda Pilot but also make it a lot safer than the previous model.
2019 Honda Pilot – Powertrain Setup
The 3.5-liter V-6 naturally aspirated engine powers up the rewritten Honda Pilot. This engine generates up to 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. As far as transmission goes, base models will ditch the old six-speed automatic while top-end trims will also scrap the previous nine-speed gearbox. Honda will install a brand-new ten-speed gearbox to occupy their position. This transmission is lighter, faster and much more efficient than before.
The 2019 Honda Pilot comes with the Front-Wheel Drive option as standard. However, an All-Wheel Drive will also become available in top-tier trim levels. Besides, higher-end trims also come equipped with an ABS-based torque vectoring program so that they are suitable for off-road ventures.
2019 Honda Pilot – Production and Price
Some reports have indicated that the 2019 Honda Pilot enters production in the fall of 2018 at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama plant. Despite the extra gear, its price will only change slightly.
The base models carry a starting price tag of $32,000 while top-end variants may hit the $42,500 red-line. The main rivals of the 2019 Honda Pilot will be Audi Q3, GMC Terrain, Chevy Traverse, Cadillac XT4 and others. Stay tuned for additional feeds as they become available.