Today demand for crossover SUVs is quite high in the U.S. market, surpassing sedans, coupes and sports cars. One of the big players in this crossover market is Honda, which is highly anticipated to introduce the latest-generation 2018 Pilot crossover. While Honda is not the only one player in this segment, but they must be ready to deal with some of its key rivals such as Ford, GM, Chrysler and Toyota. Now with SUV lineup sales increasing from time to time in the US, the Japanese carmaker is expected to release the 2018 Honda Pilot as soon as possible.
The Honda Pilot was first introduced in 2002 as a mid-size crossover SUV and this is the largest SUV ever produced by Honda with three-row seats. Unfortunately, Honda is considered too late to provide a complete redesign for the Pilot crossover. What we know so far that the 2018 Honda Pilot will not get much change in terms of exterior and interior design, although the buyer may expect refresh on its look. However, the automaker is likely to provide some revisions and minor changes to its design and it will not be much different from the current model. On the other hand, our source informs us that the Pilot will get a major change by 2019.
2018 Honda Pilot Specs
Under its hood, the 2018 Honda Pilot will likely still be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of spewing at least 280 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. The engine can be paired either to a six-speed automatic or 9-speed automatic transmission with Shift-By-Wire and Paddle Shifters. Buyers will get a standard front-wheel drive configuration in the new Pilot, while the all-wheel drive will be available only as optional. EPA’s fuel economy numbers for the current model with a front-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission are rated at 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined.
Meanwhile, the AWD variant with six-speed automatic transmission can return 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined, or in other words only 1 mpg difference with the FWD variant. The Pilot Elite and Touring trims with AWD and 9-speed automatic transmission is rated at 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined. While the FWD model with 9-speed automatic transmission can return at least 20/27/23 mpg. Talking about features and technology, the current 2017 Pilot is equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Auto High-Beam Headlights and Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor. For the 2018 model year, the Pilot crossover is expected to continue using 18-inch alloy wheels, telescoping steering wheel, rearview camera as well as five-inch display audio system with seven speakers.
2018 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price
The automaker has not revealed its release date schedule and official pricing, however the 2018 Honda Pilot is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships around the end of next year. While the price tag (MSRP) is expected to be not much different from the current model that starts at $30,745-$47,220, and the 2018 Pilot crossover should still be available in several trim level options that include LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. The new model is targeted to compete with some of its main competitors in the crossover market like the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango.
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