The 3rd generation of the Pilot has been released back in 2015 so it is not an old car. However, it seems a major update will be released with the upcoming 2019 Honda Pilot revision. This is expected to bring not only a revised powertrain but also a new body style too. With that, the car should be able to become more competitive but some people did say that it might also cannibalize the sales of its smaller sibling, the CR-V.
One of the biggest flaws with the current car is the way it drives. While it is very comfortable for its price point, it might feel a bit too disconnected from the road. In order to change that Honda decides to install new shocks and springs. These would allow the Pilot to offer roughly the same level as comfort as before while being better to drive.
Since the new version of the CR-V will remain mostly unchanged, the company decided to updated and make some changes on the new version of Honda Pilot. On the first glance it can be noticed that the front fascia is updated which makes it looks similar as Odyssey and Clarity. Based on the photos it can also be noticed that grill will be updated featuring solid silver chunk in the middle.The Headlights are also been changed and are now available in LED form. Honda also previewed a black-edition of the Pilot back in 2015. So far this model hasn’t been available for sale but it just might with the upcoming 2019 revision. Expect it to boast blacked out exterior accents, larger wheels and possibly new headlights and tail lights.
2019 Honda Pilot interior redesign
The 2019 Pilot’s interior has changed a lot, and we can see many upgrades, mostly borrowed from 2018 Odyssey minivan. CabinControl app allows you to use you phone for the infotainment system which includes both Andrioid Auto and Apple Carplay. You can now choose a large rear entertainment system with streaming video capability, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Honda’s CabinTalk PA system.
The automaker’s suite of active and passive safety systems, Honda Sensing, is a plus for buyers who care much for safety, and it includes auto-brake, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and lane-keep assist, which will be considered a standard equipment on every Honda by 2023.
Engine and changes
The news is that Touring and Elite trims also get an updated version of the nine-speed automatic transmission, while lower trim levels continue with the 6-speed automatic.The 2019 Honda Pilot will likely still come with the same 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 as before. This engine is currently capable of providing up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque which is more than enough for what it is. The two-row version of the car on the other hand will likely come with a lesser engine in the base trim level. Some rumors suggested the car would get a new 2.0 liter turbo-four offering around 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. This would be more than enough for the lighter car and it would be a good compromise between fuel efficiency and performance. Speaking about the rumors, there is also possibility for new Pilot to be offered with hybrid or plug-in option, borrowing its two-motor powertrain from the Accord Hybrid., but for more information we will need to wait.
Release date and price
Taking into consideration that previous model coasts $30,595 and CR-V coasts $24,045, we can assume that upcoming Pilot will be priced somewhere between those two. New 2019 Honda Plot will be released on July 16th when we are going to have more information regarding the car.