The three-door, eight-passenger Pilot SUV from Honda is going through an all-new design and will be revealed on February 12 at both the Chicago Auto Show and the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.
This will mark the third-generation of the Honda Pilot and will be a 2016 model year car. According to a Honda press release, the mid-size Pilot will go through “a dramatic shift in design, while showcasing new standout technologies, versatility and dynamics.”
2008 was the last time the Pilot was redesigned with a minor refresh in 2012, so it will be interesting to see if the Pilot gets away from its boxy frame. The photo tease provided by Honda suggests an outline of a sleek silhouette, which would be a big departure from what consumers are used to. The angles, cuts and lines of the Pilot take on an edgier style that would fit with modern times.
“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,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division.
Honda is looking at the Pilot to be once again a significant player in a thriving segment.
The Pilot won’t be Honda’s only reveal in Chicago, as the Japanese-brand is expected to preview the “design direction” of the next Ridgeline pickup truck. The new 2016 Ridgeline will attempt to revitalize Honda truck sales, after a two-year hiatus from production.
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