Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted February 23, 2016 21:50
More space, tech for all-new Pilot
Earlier this month, Honda Philippines announced that they will be bringing in the third-generation model of their mid-size crossover, the Pilot. Honda has now launched the 2016 Pilot, which debuted in last year's Chicago Auto Show.
Like the first two generations, the all-new third-generation Pilot was designed and developed in America by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. The redesigned mid-sized SUV sports a sleeker design accentuated by distinctive character lines and an aggressive new face. Up front, it has LED Projector Type Headlight with Signature LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and LED Tail Lights, as well as new 18-inch alloy wheels completing the all-new Pilot's new look. The All-New Pilot carries an additional 3 inches overall length to provide more cargo flexibility for different hauling needs without compromising the third-row seating capability.
Inside it features high-quality soft-touch material in the cabin, posh black leather, and ambient lighting. A new 8-inch Touchscreen Display Audio interface powered by a new Android based operating system and more powerful processor. The new infotainment system includes connectivity enhancements such as Bluetooth, HDMI, USB Connectivity and 7 Speakers also fully extend to the front-line quality of the cockpit’s numerous functions. For the rear passengers, there is a 9-inch Entertainment System with DVD and HDMI capability available for in-transit entertainment needs. Like its predecessors, the Pilot retains seating for 8 passengers. Other amenities include a 10-way Power Seat with memory for the driver and a 4-way Power Seat for the passenger are available.
Being a mid-size crossover, the Pilot comes with a Flexible Cargo Management System features a two-position cargo lid that permits item storage in a lower compartment, adjustable to provide higher cargo space. Speaking of cargo space, Honda said during its Chicago debut that the cargo space with the third row up can still accommodate a large cooler. Access to the third row on the other hand has been made easier with an automatic slide and tilt function.
In the safety front, the Pilot was awarded the 2016 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ thanks to the Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, and Honda SENSING. The All-New Pilot is the second Honda vehicle in the Philippines to exhibit this system following the Legend. On the other hand, the Honda Sensing adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) , Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). On top of that the Pilot also gets Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Monitor, Driver and Front Passenger Airbags, Driver and Passenger Side Airbag, and complete Side Curtain Airbag. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Other technologies found in the Pilot include a Smart Entry System, Remote Control Engine Start and Power Tailgate Operation.
The Honda Pilot is powered by the familiar 3.5 liter V6 engine, now with Earth Dreams technologies. it puts out 284 PS and 355 Nm of torque and is mater to a six-speed automatic transmission. The all wheel drive system in the Pilot is called i-VTM4 or Intelligent Variable Torque Management and is equipped with dynamic torque vectoring, transferring power not just from front to rear but side to side as well.
Color choices for the 2016 Honda Pilot are Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl (on order basis), and White Diamond Pearl which is a PhP 20,000 option. The Honda Pilot starts at Php 3,380,000.