Back in 2002, the Japanese automaker Honda was introduced the Pilot to fill the mid-size crossover SUV segment at the North American market. The Pilot is the largest SUV ever produced by Honda featuring three-row seats and uses the same platform as the Acura MDX, Honda Odyssey minivan and Accord sedan. Now with the high demand for crossover SUVs in the North American market, the carmaker will reportedly soon be released the next-generation 2018 Honda Pilot crossover. As we know that Honda is one of the big players in this segment besides Ford, Toyota, Chrysler and General Motors. However, Honda seems too late to provide major changes and revisions for the Pilot SUV.
Recent reports indicate that the 2018 Honda Pilot will not get any significant changes in terms of exterior and interior redesign. The only thing Honda will do is likely to provide a minor change that will make the new Pilot different from the current model. While other reports suggest that the Honda Pilot will get a big change in 2019. Currently SUV sales are increasing quite high in the United States, surpassing the sales of other vehicles types such as sedans, coupons and sports cars.
2018 Honda Pilot Specs and Changes
Speaking of its powertrain lineup, the 2018 Honda Pilot SUV is expected to still be available with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can be mated to either a six-speed automatic and nine-speed automatic transmission featuring Paddle Shifters and Shift-By-Wire. This V6 engine can deliver at least 280 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with peak torque of 262 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm. Front-wheel drive will be available as standard option on the upcoming 2018 Pilot crossover, while the all-wheel drive will only be offered as optional. With a front-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission, the current Pilot can return 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined.
Meanwhile, the Pilot with all-wheel drive configuration and six-speed automatic gearbox has EPA fuel economy numbers of 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined (superior 1 mpg from the FWD model). With a all-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic transmission, the Pilot Elite and Touring can return at least 19/26/22 mpg. While the front-wheel drive version paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox is rated at 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. Talking about its features and technology, the 2018 Honda Pilot crossover is expected to still be available with 18-inch alloy wheels, telescoping steering wheel, rearview camera and 5-inch display audio system with seven speakers. Several safety features offered for the current model are expected to be available for 2018 model years such as Blind Spot Monitoring System with Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Auto High-Beam Headlights.
2018 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price Forecast
As for its release date, the 2018 Honda Pilot is likely to hit the North American market sometime late next year at a price that remains relatively unchanged than the current model. As you know that the current Pilot crossover goes on sale in the United States with a price range from $30,745 to $47,220. Several trim level options will still be available for the 2018 models such as LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. In addition, Honda is expected to offer new Pilot hybrid variants around 2018-2019. Key rivals for the 2018 Honda Pilot in the mid-size crossover SUV segment will include Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Dodge Durango.
Note: the picture above is 2017 model year