2016 Honda Pilot Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

The 2016 Honda Pilot made its world debut today at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new three-row, eight-passenger Pilot demonstrates the brand’s progression in styling while boasting new and advanced safety and technology features, class-leading fuel economy, and enhanced performance all while remaining family-friendly.

“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 vice president and general manager. “This means the all-new Pilot will comfort, entertain and assist active families in all aspects of their lives, whether it’s an evening out for two, a road trip adventure for all or just the chores of everyday life.”

Launching nationwide this summer, the all-new Pilot will serve as a strong contender in the mainstream three-row SUV segment – a segment the brand claims to have helped create.

The Pilot’s all-new design “sports a modern, sleek, yet commanding and muscular form,” with new features including a panoramic roof option, available signature LED daytime running lights and taillights, optional LED projector headlights with automatic high beam technology, and available 20-inch wheels. Some of the bonus high-end features include a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated second-row. Additionally, second-row captain’s chairs are also available for upper-trim Pilots for the first time ever.

Advanced technology and connectivity features include five USB ports to charge tablets or smartphones while in use; an auxiliary jack for music; two headphone jacks; two 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt outlet; and an HDMI port for gaming consoles.

The new Pilot also includes an Android-supported 8-inch touchscreen display and an available all-new embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. The navigation system provides drivers with new and improved graphics and capabilities including 3D graphics, a live search function, 911 emergency services, and enhanced lane guidance.

The new design also added 3.5 inches to the length of the vehicle, providing more cargo area without cramming those who may be sitting in the third row. Entry and exit to the third row is made simple with a button that slides and tilts the second row forward.

The Pilot is powered and more fuel efficient thanks to new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). Adding to its fuel efficiency, the Pilot also includes available Idle Stop technology that turns the engine off when the vehicle is stopped and restarts the engine when the driver takes their foot off the brake. The new engine is coupled with one of two transmissions – a 6-speed automatic transmission that is the first for the Pilot and a nine-speed automatic transmission, a first for Honda. The new Pilot is available in front and all-wheel drive. Adding to its fuel efficiency, the new Pilot is also 300 pounds lighter than the previous model.

The new Pilot features a comprehensive set of advanced safety technology that when combined make up Honda Sensing™, “a suite of technologies designed to expand the driver’s situational awareness while sensing and responding to potential road hazards, including other vehicles, road obstacles and even pedestrians, mitigating the possibility or severity of a collision.” The suite includes Honda LaneWatch™, a standard Multi-Angle Rear View Camera, available Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Blind Spot Indicators, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, a an all-new Road Departure Mitigation system

For more information, see the official Honda release here: http://hondanews.com.