The next year will bring one big change for Honda’s amazing Pilot. No, it’s not getting any kind of redesign or update, but an all-new trim. If you thought that this is not going to be anything special at all, just wait to see what’s cooking. The SUV will reportedly get a smaller, two-row for the first time. According to the latest speculations, the vehicle will be named the 2019 Honda Pilot Sport. The name seems quite logical and familiar because Hyundai did exactly the same thing with its Santa Fe crossover.
2019 Honda Pilot Sport: Platform and Features
The two-row Pilot will use the same platform as its bigger brother. However, it will cut several inches in the length and between the wheels. The latest reports suggest that the wheelbase should be exactly 107 inches, which makes it lager from the CR-V.
We haven’t caught any prototype so far, so we don’t know whether the carmaker plans any exterior changes for the 2019 Pilot Sport. As far as we think, the SUV will keep almost the same design as the bigger Pilot, simply because it’s not going to be the Pilot if it gets a different design. Of course, some minor changes as the “Sport” badge or restyled bumper are possible, but nothing more. The interior, on the other hand, will see something new. The carmaker will probably add new upholstery, perhaps two-tone treatment, but the rest of the cab will stay unchanged. The interior space will grow for sure. Still, Honda will probably keep front seats at the same distance, while the rear-seat passenger and cargo should be notably greater from CR-V.
V6 and Hybrid Under the Hood
The 2019 Honda Pilot Sport will offer two engine options. The crossover will get motivation from a familiar 3.5-liter V6 unit. The mill will deliver 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet to front- and all four wheels via a six-speed auto gearbox. The potential buyers will get a chance to pick a smaller, yet hybrid powertrain. The system will reportedly combine a 2.0-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine with an electric motor. There is no information regarding the power at this point, but we expect at much power as it produces the V6, or even up to 300 hp.
Price and Arrival
The main reason for the arrival of the 2019 Honda Pilot two-row is the price of course. This way, Pilot fans will be able to get one for less than $30,000, which is not bad at all. The Japanese carmaker hasn’t released any specific date of arrival, yet we think that the SUV will be introduced next summer.