In the broad SUV market, Honda has always reigned supreme with their multiple franchise options. Their Pilot franchise started off as an accompanying product in this category. However, it has very soon evolved into a fast-growing market product in the last 5 years. Their newest addition, the 2018 Honda Pilot is looking to improve on its existing customer base and take on the likes of GMC Acadia and Mazda CX-9.
This crossover SUV has made a significant improvement in this upcoming model. Since their last 2017 model, the Pilot SUV has had a serious facelift. Thus customers can expect certain new additions and features from this new model. Currently, this car is in production but its official spec sheet looks quite promising.
Honda has not yet announced the different trim variants that will be available for 2018 Honda Pilot. However, official sources cite that it is very likely that they are going to continue their trim segregation as per its predecessor models. Hence, this 2018 Pilot redesign will have the following trim models: LX, EX, EX-L ,Touring and Elite.
2018 Honda Pilot Engine Details
Officials already suggest that Honda will not change its latest V6 powertrain from this Pilot franchise. So customers should not expect multiple engine choices for the Honda Pilot 2018. The automaker is going with the same 3.5 LITER i-VTEC V6 cylinder engine that can produce a maximum power of 280 HP along with a maximum torque of 262 lb-ft.
Along with this powertrain unit, Honda will offer a standard 6-speed automatic transmission system. Customers can also expect an optional 9-speed automatic gearbox module to be available for higher trim variants. Both rear wheel and all-wheel drive train configurations is likely to be available as well.
Since 2018 Honda Pilot is a crossover SUV model, its fuel economy figures are pretty decent. With an all-wheel drivetrain setup, buyers can expect a combined EPA rating of 22 MPG, estimated using 19 MPG for city drive and 24 MPG for highway drive.
For its rear wheel drive train configuration, this model is expected to offer a combined EPA rating of 23 MPG, thus providing 20 MPG on city drive and 25 MPG on highwaydrive.
There has been no concrete layout for this new Honda Pilot 2018. Still, official sources suggest that its front fascia will undergo a major facelift in this upcoming model. Few potential design changes include:
- Modified side profile, with an aggressive look and sharp lines.
- Better LED upgrades in head and tail lights.
- Improved rear fascia with subtle body layout changes.
- Rearranged dashboard and central console design.
- Better infotainment module with improved navigation, connectivity and wireless calling.
Price and Release
2018 Honda Pilot has not yet finished its production. Hence there have been no mentions of its pricing on their official statements. Still, experts suggest that the base model of this car will retain its 2017 price range, around $35,000. The higher trims might go for $49,000. All the models will be available in 2017, preferably by its 2nd quarter.