For 2016, the Pilot has adopted many design elements from its little brother. Gone is the boxy, utilitarian styling of the second-generation model as an expressive, angular front end takes its place. With its pointed rear window and contoured front fascia, there are strong styling cues to the 2015 CR-V.
“With looks that command attention and the powerful presence of true functionality, the 2016 Pilot sets a new benchmark in the midsize SUV class with an unmatched combination of sophistication and utility,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division Senior VP and General Manager.
The American-made Pilot wears optional LED projector headlights, available LED daytime running lights, 20-inch optional wheels, and a first-ever for the Pilot: a panoramic roof.
Inside the soft-touch interior, you’ll find a collection of safety technology that the automaker calls ‘Honda Sensing.’ The package includes a Multi-Angle Rear View Camera, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more.
“This Pilot is all about pairing leading-edge safety technologies with sophisticated styling, ultimate family and adventure versatility, and Honda’s undisputed reputation for reliability in a sophisticated, affordable mid-size SUV,” Honda representative Davis Adams told Digital Trends. “It also has five USB ports, four of which can charge an iPad … and it’s all illuminated with LEDs,” Adams added.
To keep the kids happy, the Pilot offers second-row captain’s chairs on upper trims, an HDMI port for gaming, a 9.0-inch rear entertainment display, and multiple power outlets. For the folks up front, there’s an 8.0-inch touchscreen controlling an Android-based operating system with 3D navigation.
Despite all the added goodies, the new model is 300-pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Honda’s press release also details a new, 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine, but there are no performance specifications attached. However, the six-cylinder equips fuel-saving ‘Idle Stop’ technology and two new transmissions: a six-speed automatic and a nine-speed automatic.
The 2016 Honda Pilot will arrive at dealerships across the United States this summer, with pricing being released closer to its on-sale date.
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