Latest spy pictures of the 2017 Honda Pilot have revealed quite a lot than before. Although “a lot” here might be an overstatement, buyers should expect some few changes here and there. Most of the facelifts are just meant to burnish the appeal of an otherwise appealing three-row crossover SUV. Below is an up-to-date review based on the latest info on what should be expected from the fresh Honda Pilot redesign. Release date rumors are also covered.
Ever since its debut as a three-row SUV some three years ago today, the Honda Pilot has been the kingmaker in the segment in a number of ways – fuel efficiency, safety, handling, interior packaging, spaciousness, and performance. And yet, Honda still saw this new model years as an opportune time to recreate it once again albeit mildly. As of this year, around one and half million Pilots have been sold in the USA alone in the past decade. To further cement this reputation, the Honda Pilot has approximately 63% of brand loyalty – paralleling that of the CR-V.
Given the Pilot was thoroughly redesigned from ground up last year, it is unlikely it’ll change much this year. Nevertheless, rumor has it that the new model is more family-friendly, has more premium attributes and amenities, and features advanced technologies. I’d assume the advanced technologies are existing ones but a tad bit burnished. Also, even though not noticeable on test mule, comfort and convenience features have been added as well.
Beneath the hood, the new 2017 Honda Pilot comes with a 280 horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine rated at 22 mpg by the EPA for the FWD version. The mill is offered alongside two transmission systems – a nine-speed automatic and a six-speed automatic, and class-leading torque vectoring capability, and an intelligent variable torque management system. Together, these features make the 2017 Honda Pilot the most capable, refined, and most powerful Honda ever created.
Combine the impressive performance specs outlined above plus reduce running resistance, improved aerodynamics, and further weight reductions, and you’ll realize the 2017 Pilot is one of the best bargains the midsize SUV segment has ever seen. And in total disregard of the excellent all-rounded performance it offers, rivals still keep nipping its heels at every turn. Those not completely sold out on the prudence of the 2017 Pilot should check out alternatives such as the perennial “A” rated 2016 Toyota Highlander, the all-rounded 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Fe Sport, 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, and the 2016 Ford Flex.
2017 Honda Pilot Release Date USA & Price
Pricing for the new model starts from around $38,755 – at least from what we hear. As for its release date, the same sources say it should be expected to go for sale sometime in the latter half of 2017 for the USA market.
2017 Honda Pilot Exterior
Although Honda has done quite a commendable job at concealing the exterior details of the new model, our hawk-eyed spy photographers managed to get a detail or two. Up front, changes are subtle, in fact, some quarters might say there’s no difference relative to the outgoing model. At this point, this is what we’re affirmative on – the projector beam headlights’ lenses are aggressive and rakish. The air inlets and chiseled edges evoke a high-performance face of a sports car. Sharp character lines on the hood and front fenders add to the purposeful and muscular stance.
Just like before, the top-hinged tailgate reduces weight and complexity that goes a long way in reducing weight. It integrates an intermittent rear wiper, and an electric defogger system. Lighting technologies include LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and LED low-beam projector headlights.
Eight exterior colors should be expected on the new model, just like before.
2017 Honda Pilot Interior Redesign
Nothing much is expected to change on the interior given the upscale nature and freshness of the existing one. As such, buyers should expect lots of premium touches, soft-touch, and high-quality soft-touch materials.
Accessories to expect include Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity. Other changes should be known some few weeks to its release date.
Five trims should be expected for the 2017 Honda Pilot: Elite, Touring, LX, EX-L, and EX.
Under the hood of the new 2017 Pilot is a 280 horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine. Maximum towing capacity for the AWD models stands at 5,000 pounds, and 3,500 pounds for the FWD models.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3 in. (111 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 2.5 in. (194.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.6 in. (78.6 in.)
Passenger volume: 153 cu ft
Cargo volume: 18.5 cu ft
Curb weight: 4054 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 6,2 sec
MPG: 19/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Modern Steel Metallic, Steel Sapphire Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Black Forest Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl and White Diamond Pearl
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs
In among other things that Honda has offered the Honda Pilot 2017 for safety purposes, it features hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings, a “3-bone” underbody frame design and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. Taken together, these technologies and engineering features should help give it a top safety score during crash impact assessment.