Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Autoindustriya.com, Honda Press | posted February 02, 2016 09:52
Mid-size crossover arriving soon in the Philippines
After its debut in last year's Chicago Auto Show, Honda Philippines has announced that they will be bringing in the 2016 Honda Pilot to the country this month according to its official Twitter site.
During its debut in Chicago, the company says the third-generation Pilot redefines the midsize 8-seater SUV as it now has modern styling and features, along with an Earth Dreams powertrain. For 2016, the third-generation Pilot follows Honda's current design language with its three-bar grill, wraparound headlights along with various creases on its side. The rear on the other hand gets Acura-like LED tailights. The all-new Pilot sits on 20 inch rims and is now 89 mm longer, boosting cabin space.
Speaking of its cabin, It features an 8-inch touchscreen with Android-based technologies, along with the push button gear selector which we currently see in the flagship Legend. Honda said during its Chicago debut that the cargo space with the thrid 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.
The 2016 Honda Pilot is powered by the familiar 3.5 liter i-VTEC V6 with Earth Dreams Technology. Unlike the unit found in the Accord, it puts out 286 PS and 355 Nm of torque. It gains 5 PS and 6 Nm of torque over Honda's mid-sized offering. As for transmissions, it is available with either a 6-speed automatic or the new 9-speed automatic seeing duty in Acuras. For Philippine-spec Pilots, it is yet unknown what transmission we will get but we will be updating this story as it develops.
Standard safety features available on the 2016 Honda Pilot include: anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control, dual-stage front airbags, side and side-curtain airbags and a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPSM).
Honda Cars Philippines is yet to announce pricing for the 2016 Honda Pilot.