The 2015 Chicago Auto Show will open its doors in February and as expected, carmakers will bring new models. One of the premiere from the Chicago Auto Show will be the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV. The Japanese manufacturer officially confirmed the new eight-passenger SUV, said that it will be completely reengineered, redesigned and manufactured in America.
Moreover, the 2016 Pilot promises to raise the stake in the mainstream three-row SUV segment. Set to arrive at the US dealerships this summer, the 2016 Pilot SUV will show a dramatic shift in design, but will also showcase standout technologies.
For those who don’t know, the first Honda Pilot was introduced back in 2002 as the first mainstream 8-passenger SUV that featured a car-like unitized body construction and refined driving dynamics.
The second-generation arrived in 2008. All the three generations were designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas.
"Honda continues to fortify its light-truck lineup in 2015, this time turning our eye to the fast-growing family SUV segment," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "The new Pilot will raise the bar in a segment it helped to create, with more innovation, style, premium features and family utility than ever before."
The new 2016 Honda Pilot features an all-new exterior design that conveys the fact that it was shaped in the wind tunnel. From its bright-chromed three-bar grille design and sweeping rearward, Honda's flagship SUV boasts of wind-cheating design. Its boasts of an aerodynamically efficient and visually appealing body design made possible by subjecting its exterior surface to intensive tuning and testing.
Up front, the Pilot features aggressive projector beam headlights, a chiseled front fascia as well as air inlets similar to that of a sports car. The bonnet and front fenders feature sharp character lines providing new sense of muscularity and purposefulness. The Pilot also comes with a long roofline with a curved sweep from the A-pillars to the C-pillars, and the roofline drops subtly to end on the rear spoiler.
Meanwhile, the body sides of the new Pilot are marked by sharp character line born from the front wheel arches and flow rearward through the rear door handles. The flanks of the flagship SUV are also marked by side sills and lower doors that help highlight its wide, firmly planted stance.
On the rear, the new Pilot is defined by a wide fender profile and large tailgate, as well as a bright satin trim. The rear end could be specified with new LED taillights. Touring and Elite trims of the new Pilot boast of a lower profile, silver-finished roof rails with reduced drag.
For the 2016 model year, the Honda further refined and simplified the top-hinged tailgate function. The tailgate on all models has fixed glass for the sake of lightness and simplicity. The tailgate glass still features an electric defogger system that could be activated by a button on the dash. The tailgate glass also comes with an intermittent rear wiper and washer nozzle.
Meanwhile, EX-L and above trims are provided with an improved power tailgate design. While previous models employ a motor, lever and arm system to open or close the tailgate, the new 2016 Pilot makes use of a spindle-type active fully sealed strut – with a small electric motor and planetary gear set -- on the left side. This strut gives the tailgate section a cleaner look while helping improve the cargo room.