Although there have been several changes in the Honda Pilot 2015, the 3rd generation of the car, however; the 2019 Honda Pilot is also likely to witness and undergo some major updates. Although the cost of 2019 model could be a bit on the lower side in comparison to its longer sibling, however having said that, the comfort level is going to remain almost the same in all aspects
Not only a new powertrain is on the cards there is the possibility of a new body style as well. Honda may also introduce new springs and shocks in order to do away with one of the biggest drawbacks of the present Honda model which is the way it drives on the road staying a little too much disconnected from the same.
The springs and shocks would be enabling the driver to have a better on-road driving experience throughout their drive. The current model is anyway one of the finest built crossovers in its class and it is not going to change with the 2019 Honda Pilot.
2019 Honda Pilot – Endowed With a New Bumper
Although many are of the opinion that the 2019 Honda Pilot could have a striking similarity with CRV counterpart when it comes to exterior design. The Honda Pilot is likely to be endowed with a new bumper and also a tailgate is going to feature along with smaller rear three-quarter windows in order to make the car look more aggressive which is a must-have characteristic in its class.
The first thing that one can notice is its dimensions which are decreased. This was done with the intention of making the vehicle more accessible to a larger number of customers considering that it will affect the price reduction. Like most models in its class, it will have a more aggressive look. It is possible that the shape of the headlights will change slightly in order to fit into a smaller construction. The grill will be massive and strong, as well as a bumper. At the back of the car is a spoiler and redesigned LED lights. We will also see the new palette of exterior colors like black forest pearl, crystal black, dark cherry, lunar silver, steel sapphire, white diamond and obsidian blue. The new model comes with few trims LX, EX, EX-L Navi, EX-L RES, Touring and Elite.
Luxurious Interior with the latest Tech
As far as the interior of the vehicle is concerned, it is clear that the 2019 Honda Pilot is one of the most comfortable and modern vehicles in its class. That’s why it does not need big changes, but small improvements are certainly welcome. This refers to improving the resolution on the infotainment system screen and introducing new decorative materials into the cabin. If you choose the EX-L RES trim you will get amazing Honda Blue Ray entertainment system with 9-inch big display, integrated remote control system and wireless headset.
Details of chrome, aluminum and wood will affect a more luxurious feeling. The control panel will retain the look it had before with only minor changes in the layout of the parameters.
The 2019 Honda Pilot might be equipped with the new interior accents volume knob, etc. The dashboard is likely to be the same with an identical design, however, there would be manifold ways of adjusting the sliding rear row of seats that it would feature this time around in the 2019 Honda Pilot.
The 2019 Honda Pilot will have the best safety tech that is on the market. Some of them are Blind Spot Information, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor System, Auto High Beams, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Hill Assist, Three-row side curtain airbags and much more.
2019 Honda Pilot – Engine Specifications
There will be two engines available in the newest model 2019 Honda Pilot. A very familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine with a maximum output of 280 HP. However, this engine will be offered with either a 6-speed automatic or a 9-speed transmission (only in Touring and Elite models). Also, it will be offered with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel-drive system.
Furthermore, it also comes with the standard traction-management system. This system is there to give a maximum function for snow, mud, ice or other surfaces. The engine for this year model will also get Eco mode that turns off half the cylinders under light throttle. This will help the car to get the improved fuel economy of 19/27 mpg for the FWD, 18/26 mpg for the AWD and 20/27 mpg for the 9-speed automatic and FWD, 19/26 mpg 9-speed automatic AWD system.
|Transmission||6-speed automatic transmission||6-speed automatic transmission||6-speed automatic transmission||9-speed automatic transmission||9-speed automatic transmission||9-speed automatic transmission|
|Drivetrain||FWD / AWD||FWD / AWD||FWD / AWD||FWD / AWD||AWD||AWD|
|MPG 2WD (City/Hwy/Comb)||19 / 27 / 22||19 / 27 / 22||19 / 27 / 22||20 / 27 / 23||-||-|
|18 / 26 / 21||18 / 26 / 21||18 / 26 / 21||19 / 26 / 22||19 / 26 / 22||n/a|
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||3.5-liter V6||3.5-liter V6||3.5-liter V6||3.5-liter V6||n/a|
|Horsepower||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||n/a|
|Torque||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||n/a|
|Release Date||September 2018||September 2018||September 2018||September 2018||September 2018||First Half of 2019|
2019 Honda Pilot – Hybrid System
The company will present few new models with the hybrid technology, and one of them is 2019 Honda Pilot. From some rumors, the 2019 model will get the same engine configuration that is in the new Accord Hybrid model. The word is about the new hybrid familiar 2.0-liter gasoline engine. It will come with a combination of two electric motors. Also, for better performance, the company will introduce new battery pack. With this specification, we expect similar numbers of fuel economy around 50 mpg, like in the Accord Hybrid model.
The new model 2019 Honda Pilot comes with a quite impressive towing capacity. The FWD models are capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds. However, the AWD versions can tow maximum 5,000 pounds.
2019 Honda Pilot – Price and Rivals
The model with standard equipment 2019 Honda Pilot LX is expected to have Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of around $31.000. This price also includes a destination charge of about $900. The middle equipment model EX and EX-L are expected to have few thousand dollars more or $33,300 and $36,100, respectively. Touring models start at about $41,900. Upgrade to AWD system will cost you around $1800.
However, the most equipment model 2019 Honda Pilot Elite will easily reach $48,000. We also expect the Hybrid version to be around $40,000. The model will compete against the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.
Summing it up:
With some considerable changes in the upcoming 2019 Honda Pilot, it would be a worthwhile wait for the eventual unveiling of the car and its launch in the market.