2018 Honda Pilot Introduction – In terms of three-row crossovers, Honda is near the top of its class with their Pilot. Even though these days three-row crossovers seem to be a lot more similar to a minivan than they used to, people still buy them thanks to their arguably better looks and improved off-road prowess. The third generation of the Pilot is not that far from the Odyssey. The two share the same platform, engine, transmissions and even parts of the interior.
However, the Pilot is higher off the ground, and it comes with a different suspension setup. On top of that, it looks nothing like a minivan which appeals to many more people than otherwise. Even though the third generation of the car has been around for roughly two years, it seems an update is on its way.
2018 Honda Pilot Price and Release Date
The update is expected to be released with the upcoming 2018 Honda Pilot and it should include a few cosmetic upgrades and some changes under the skin as well. The overall feel of the car will remain similar, but it should offer a slightly better driving experience than before. One of the biggest griefs with the current model has been the suspension system. The car is great as a cruiser but the suspension is just too soft. Luckily though Honda listens to their customers so it seems we may see a similar setup to that on the Ridgeline which is a bit stiffer, nicer to drive while maintaining the comfort levels unchanged. The new model is expected to be released in early 2018, and it should hit the market shortly after. It will still cost just as much as before with the top end models going up to $50,000 which might be the upper limit of its class.
The current model is quite good looking and follows Honda’s latest corporate front end design. The 2018 Honda Pilot might come with a few upgrades but nothing major. In the front, we expect the same grille and bumper but we may see new fog lamps housings, likely a new set of LED headlights as well as a different insert for the lower grille. New wheels might also be added into the mix on certain models, but these will be available to retrofit on older cars as well. The rear could do with a new set of tail lights and possible a slightly less intrusive bumper.
Inside the Cabin
Here the Pilot has a small edge over some of its rivals thanks to the great materials used and the great NVH levels. It seems that the upcoming 2018 Honda Pilot will keep most things the same. However, there will be a few new features. Things like a better stop/start system, standard collision warning and brake assist as well as a larger infotainment screen are going to be standard. The layout of the cabin and most of the dashboard are more than likely going to be carried over completely unchanged.
Under the Hood
The ongoing model uses Honda’s 3.5 liters naturally aspirated V6 which is mated to either a six-speed or a nine-speed automatic. The latter is only available on the top-end Touring and Elite model which is a bit of a shame. This is expected to change though. Not that long ago the new Odyssey has been released which sports a brand new transmission. It seems that this will make its way on the 2018 Honda Pilot as well even though Honda hasn’t confirmed it so far. This means that the base model will more than likely receive the nine-speed automatic as standard. The top end versions, on the other hand, might get to use the brand new ten-speed gearbox. This is an in-house design by Honda and it seems it is superior to the nine-speed ZF gearbox which was sometimes lacking. The 3.5-liter V6 engine might also get a small boost in power. It currently makes 280 horsepower and most rumors suggest it will get near 300 horsepower and around 270 lb-ft of torque. With the help of the ten-speed gearbox, the new Pilot should be at least as efficient while providing better performance than before. The tow rating, which was previously set at 5,000 pounds on the top end model, will more than likely remain unchanged.
Take a look at the previous version while we wait for the new Pilot: