The rumor mill has been working overtime with regards to the 2018 Honda Pilot, with many seeing it as a mid-life refresh which has come around faster than other people though. It would seem that Honda is making the move in order to add more technology to the car and bring the overall design up to date.
2018 Honda Pilot changes
With the current model taking a different approach to Honda’s latest design scheme. This could be Honda bringing the car back into line and correcting perceived design mistakes. Still, the 2018 Honda Pilot is almost certain to sell quite well, whatever the reason for its early(?) release.
Rumor has it, and it needs to be stressed that only the above has been confirmed (subject to change, of course) that the top-end vehicles will use the new ten-speed while the base model will see the nine-speed instead. The ten-speed automatic is a design created in-house, by Honda’s own engineers.
An updated V6 engine?
Honda Pilot is built on the tried and tested 3.5-litre V6 engine. Depending on the model will be accompanied by either a six or nine-speed automatic. The nine-speed automatic will only be available for the Elite and Touring models. However, although that could change pre-production.
The V6 itself could be in for an upgrade too. Many believed that the 280 horsepower currently enjoyed by the 3.5-litre engine could be boosted to closer 300 horsepower and somewhere near 270 lb-ft torque.
2018 Honda Pilot interior
It isn’t just the engine and overall design that is getting a makeover, the interior also offers much more room than its predecessor thanks to the removal of the third row of seats. If your family is on the smaller side but you would still appreciate the extra room without the added seating, then the 2018 Honda Pilot just might be the car that you have been looking for.
2018 Honda Pilot features and mpg
The control interface of the Pilot is simple. Even the base models of the car will likely include technologies such as an 8-inch touchscreen interface, smartphone connectivity, and a high-quality sound system.
Premium features such as keyless ignition, and vehicle entry, along with heated seats, plush leather upholstery premium safety features will be available on the Touring and Elite models. Naturally, the high-end models will also come equipped with 3-zone climate control.
Drivers can get up to 27 miles per gallon with the 2018 Pilot, on the open highway. The 2018 Honda Pilot can hit 60 mph in just 8 seconds if you really need to move the vehicle that quickly.
2018 Honda Pilot release date
There is some speculation with regards to release dates. Some claiming the slated release date is late 2017. While others say late 2018 to early 2019. While a 2019 release date doesn’t make an enormous amount of sense, the other two dates are certainly plausible.
This is starting to look like a great alternative to the current Honda lineup. For those looking to buy a new car that has plenty of space and an upgraded engine to go with it.