It looks like Honda is working on the updated version of the popular Pilot. Reportedly, the amazing SUV is getting an early facelift, which will include both, the exterior and interior changes. There is no official word about that from the Japanese carmaker, yet since we already saw the testing model, we are pretty sure this will happen pretty soon. Moreover, the refreshed model should arrive late next year as the 2018 Honda Pilot.
2018 Honda Pilot: Refresh and Changes
The exterior changes will mostly hit the ends of the high-riding car. In the front, the 2018 Pilot is getting a redesigned grille, along with an all-new bumper. The testing mule we saw sports the unchanged headlights, yet the Honda will make some changes on the lightning cluster as well. The carmaker won’t change anything on the profile or roof, but the rear hatch is getting plenty of new details. Except for the new and clearly bigger rear bumper, there are totally restyled and slimmer taillights.
Inside, the comfortable SUV is getting completely new upholstery and better tech without any doubt. As a matter of fact, the biggest new are more standard equipment, as well as the simpler functions. Yes, in contrast to the bunch of rather confusing buttons, the producer promises something more intuitive. In addition, they might improve the wonky start and stop system and adaptive cruise control, because, at the moment, both are working pretty badly. Honda will also try to improve the comfort of the SUV. There is nothing wrong with the current model, at least not for the first and second rows, yet the third row needs to be more spacious. This also refers to the luggage space, which is currently limited to 16 cubic feet with the raised third row. For instance, the current Odyssey carries around 38 cubic feet.
Honda’s engineers won’t have too much under the hood of the 2018 Honda Pilot. The current direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine has been revamped already for the 2016 model, so the refreshed SUV could only sport a slight power bump. Let’s say that in contrast to the 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, you can expect about 5 to 10 ponies more and up to 8 pound-feet. The six-speed auto transmission will continue with the base LX and EX, while the rest of the trim levels (EX-L, Touring, and Elite) should offer only a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Except for more power, the 2018 Pilot SUV will also improve the fuel economy numbers. Don’t expect anything big, yet the model might get 1 or 2 additional miles per gallon with the 9-speed transmission.
2018 Honda Pilot: Price Range
Like we already said, the 2018 Honda Pilot will be just refreshed. This means that the car manufacturer has no reason for the higher prices from the current. At the moment, the SUV starts at about $30,500, while the Elite model reaches $47,000.