The Honda Pilot is one of the best mid-size SUVs that makes the life easier for the big families. This SUV can seat up to eight in a versatile and roomy cabin. The comfy rear seats and multiple storage compartments are also the good sides of this family hauler. However, the Pilot also performs well on road and offer modern and luxury features. The model underwent the thorough redesign for the 2016 model year and now after three model years, the 2019 Honda Pilot should come as the refreshed version.
The refreshed Pilot was spied recently and obviously, it will bring some styling changes mostly in the front section. Interior is pretty much up-to-date but we expect some refreshments including the upgraded electronics. We should also get the wider availability of the active safety systems and we hope for the introduction of the turbocharged engine option and new transmission. Honda also promised to hybridize its light-duty truck lineup but the Pilot hybrid isn’t certain for the 2019 version.
2019 Honda Pilot: Styling changes
The Honda Pilot switched to the new platform and replaced the box-like exterior for more crossoverish look for the recent redesign. The 2019 Honda Pilot is expected to sharp model’s look further and we expect the surgery on its front fascia. The prototype seems to hide the new headlights similar to those on the new Accord. The grille will also show transformed design again inspired by the well-known sedan.
The profile of the model will, on another hand, continue with the same body sculpting and we should see tweaked taillights and the bumper on the rear section. The Pilot won’t change its dimensions and won’t go with the structural upgrades.
The 2019 version won’t go with radical changes inside the cabin. Pilot’s cabin has well-used space and good build quality plus boats very good seat comfort. It also has nicely arranged controls and modern infotainment system.
Honda will, however, offer fresh material options and upgraded electronics. We should also expect more standard equipment and upgraded safety equipment. The Honda Sensing safety suite will be available in all versions. The suite will include systems such as the adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with emergency braking, blind spot monitors, etc.
2019 Honda Pilot: Power units
While the styling changes are certain, we still don’t know what Honda is preparing to offer in the engine department.
The 2019 Honda Pilot will surely return with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This engine uses direct injection and variable cylinder management. The current version comes with either 6-speed or 9-speed automatic gearbox. The power it delivers is 280 hp and torque is 262 pound-feet.
However, Honda might bring the new 10-speed automatic gearbox in the play which should improve fuel efficiency and performance but the engine itself could see some upgrades as well.
What is also expected is the introduction of the turbocharged engine. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that replaced V-6 in the Accord sedan sounds like the natural solution. It produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque under the hood of the new Accord.
Honda also promised the hybrid version of the Pilot again based on Accord’s two-motor system. However, this version might wait for the 2020 version.
2019 Honda Pilot: Arrival, Price
The refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot is expected for the late-in-year arrival. The price should again start around $33, 000.