2012 Honda Pilot: first details and photo released

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 25, 2011

The official details and images of the 2012 Honda Pilot have been released recently. At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be anything exceptional about this vehicle. But then, what consumers will love about this reliable family car is that can carry up to eight people and their luggage. The changes on the new car’s exterior are plainer compared to those on the older model.

The 2012 Honda Pilot got a new redesigned fascia that’s very different from the previous model’s eye-catching sci-fi inspired version. The 2012 model has a fascia that’s more subtle and what could be described as quite dull. The lower edge and fog lights were redesigned to give it a look that’s more compact.

Honda told customers that its fuel efficiency rating will be boosted due to a six-speed automatic transmission that replaces the previous model’s five gear unit.

Its interior has received improvements to its navigation and audio system. The model actually needed to get an upgrade in terms of sat-nav and audio. The new Pilot is now available with a new set of paint color options and a new wheel design. The new Honda Pilot will start arriving in showrooms this September.

The style of the 2012 Honda Pilot’s interior was redesigned so that it can make the controls even more intuitive and to refine the interior even further. Its instrument panel for example, now follows a more unified color scheme with the panels having less contrast between them. If the previous model had the center panels of its audio controls, in high-contrast silver, the ones in the new version come in glossy black.

Both the faces of the tachometer gauge and the speed gauge also sport a new look with unique segments on the edges of each of the gauges. These same gauges are illuminated with a white light during nighttime driving rather than the aqua-blue light of the prior model. With the center stack being redesigned, it has a U-shaped character line that is subtly placed on it, while the use of different textures gives the panel a layered effect.

Meanwhile the center storage pocket is taller by 0.4 inches and is a great place for audio players and phones. In addition, the previous model makes use of buttons for the climate controls but the one in the new version has a simplified layout and uses dials instead to make it easy to use and more intuitive. For each model, the top of its center stack will have its own distinct display. The LX and the EX variants meanwhile will have a three-line display.

The 2012 EX-L models may not have navigation but they will have a new i-MID which delivers a suitable platform where the vehicle information can be incorporated to compatible personal devices by having intuitive controls for the steering wheel and LCD screen in full color. As mentioned, an I-MID has been installed and this is where the images obtained by the rear view camera are shown. This standard feature is capable of estimating the parking distance.

This feature also has the HandsFreeLink operation, fuel-economy display, user-loaded wallpaper like photographs, and interface for the audio. Going to the exterior, the dimensions of the 2012 Honda Pilot are similar to the 2011 version. Width is at 78.5 inches while the wheelbase is 109.2 inches. The track measures 67.7 inches to the front and the rear at 67.5 inches. In terms of length, it is longer by 0.5 inches and is now at 191.4 inches.

This addition in the length is mainly due to the change in the style on the front. Ground clearance is lower at 7.07 inches from 8.00 inches in the 2011 version. For the height, the LX is 71.0 inches high with the Touring, EX, and EX-L at72.7 inches. Design-wise, the front fascia and grille of the 2012 Honda Pilot have the unique three-bar horizontal design. This serves as a replacement for the six-sided grille inset.

Redesigned as well are the turn signals and the multi-reflector halogen headlights which give it a new look wherein the configuration allows for the turn signal inside the headlight housing to be shifted from an outboard position to an inboard one. By putting in a new front air dam and optimizing the rectangular air deflector that is in front of its wheels, known as strakes, the frontal area is lowered and this reduces any unwanted air turbulence as well as enhances fuel economy.

Completing the changes to the design of the exterior are the aluminum alloy 18-inch 5-spoke wheels, 1-inch larger compared to the prior model. This is available for the models Pilot EX and above. For the Pilot Touring, the alloy wheels will have a high-contrast machine surface and 6-spoke design, features exclusive to this version. For the Pilot LX, they will have the steel-style 17-inch wheels. With regards to the technological features inside, the 2012 Pilot will be equipped with the newest iteration of Honda’s very own Satellite-Linked Navigation System 2.

Though this is already on the Pilot EX-L and fitted as standard on the Touring, this latest one comes with total system memory of 60 GB where 15 GB is allotted for user media. It even has voice recognition which can identify three languages. In addition, this system makes use of the multiple global positioning satellites that cover not only mainland U.S., but even includes Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. It even covers Canada.

Also equipped is the FM traffic which gives continuous updates on the current traffic situation and any incidents, all for free. With this, drivers will be able to avoid any gridlock. With this amount of space, the hard drive is able to keep thousands of minutes of music, all accessible by using the Song By Voice feature which utilizes simple voice commands. The 2012 Pilot models that are equipped with navigation will have a multi-view camera in the rear.

Images are shown on the navigation screen and help the driver park easily in reverse. This camera has three views: normal, wide, and top-down. Comfort level in the interior is increased even further through a decrease in the noise, vibration, and harshness, or NVH. The noise levels inside are reduced due to the improved body seam sealing particularly on the unit-body connection points. It also helps that the suspension sub-frame mounts in the rear have been re-tuned. Through the use of body-seam sealants, the air leaks are lowered, helping to lower the NVH. Helping as well are the modified insulation materials and improved pillar separators. All models will be fitted with acoustic windshield glass.

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