The ongoing Pilot has been revealed back in 2015 and it has been around for little over 2 years at this point. Since then the car didn’t change much but it is going to receive a mid-life facelift soon enough. The upcoming 2019 Honda Pilot is expected to bring a few changes to the car in order to make it a bit better value for money. On top of that, it seems a new design might be on its way but so far not much has been confirmed.
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A lot of space
A lot of equipment
Very quiet car
Touch-screen controls are complicated
Review and Changes
The upcoming model is expected to share its platform with the current Pilot. This is usually the case with mid-life facelifts. However, the car might receive a few other upgrades.
Even though Honda didn’t confirm anything about it, the new Pilot is actually expected to receive a new running gear. This is because of the current car while being quite comfortable, it isn’t really that good to drive and it shows its weak points at higher speeds.
In order to solve that the new model could receive better shocks, likely similar to those found on the new Odyssey. On top of that, the car’s safety systems will more than likely be adjusted.
Things like a frontal collision and avoidance system, a lane-departure warning as well as an active lane-keep assist and even a rear-cross traffic accident detection could be installed
The ongoing model boasts an impressive set of systems but these are usually optional extras. The 2019 Honda Pilot is expected to get most of them as standard.
Things like a frontal collision and avoidance system, a lane-departure warning as well as an active lane-keep assist and even a rear-cross traffic accident detection could be installed. All of these would increase the value of the car as well as make it considerably safer than otherwise.
2019 Honda Pilot Exterior Redesign
Back in 2015 when the Pilot was released Honda showcased two concept trim levels. Unfortunately only one of these has become available in the meantime.
It seems the new 2019 Honda Pilot might change that. Even though nothing has been confirmed so far, it seems the new model could receive an off-road version.
This would get a higher ground clearance thanks to revised springs, smaller rims but wrapped in performance off-road tires as well as the front, rear, and underside skid-plats in order to protect it. While this would likely not go too far in off-road, the extras would create a much beefier look than before.
The car is also expected to receive a new front end with a slimmer set of headlights, possibly a smaller grille as well as a new bumper. The rear will likely receive just a new set of tail lights.
The interior of the current model is well appointed and quite comfortable. However, it does have its drawbacks. It seems that the big change here for the 2019 Pilot will be the infotainment system. Instead of the touch-based unit currently found in the car, it should receive the same unit as in the new CR-V.
This is similar but it does provide a volume knob as well as a few essential shortcut buttons which make it so much easier to use.
The car’s gear lever might also be discontinued in favor of a rotary knob which would free up quite a bit of space on the center console.
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The 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 will likely continue to power the 2019 Honda Pilot
2019 Honda Pilot Engine and Specs
The 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 will likely continue to power the 2019 Honda Pilot. This should still make 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque which is usually more than enough.
However, the transmission won’t be the same as before.
For starters, the base model will ditch its old 6 speed automatic while the 9-speed gearbox on the top-end trim levels will be gone as well. In their place, it seems Honda will install their brand new 10-speed gearbox.
This is not only lighter than either of the two but also considerably faster and more efficient. This is also a Honda-designed gearbox so it should be cheaper as well.
|2019 Honda Pilot|
|Engine type||3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6|
|Power/torque||280 hp and 262 lb-ft|
|Competitors: Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9|
The car will still come with front-wheel drive as standard while an all-wheel-drive system will be available. The higher-end models are likely going to receive an ABS-based torque vectoring system so the car should be quite good in off-road too.
Release date and Price
Its price won’t change much despite all the extra gear. In fact, the base model is still expected to cost less than $32,000 making it one of the cheapest cars in its class. Judging by the rumors, we can expect the 2019 Pilot in the showrooms at the end of 2018.
Review By: Sinisa Vujinovic