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Sorry Gang, Honda Does Not Have The Info You Want About The 2016 Honda Pilot

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Brian is a writer focusing on the automotive world. After running his 2000 Ford Taurus into the ground, he fell head over heels for a 2013 Mazda3, because Skyactiv Technology. Duh.

“We know we’re not giving you all the specs you want today, but I assure you, this thing is going to be GREAT!”

That was the message we received about half way through the 2016 Honda Pilot reveal at the Chicago Auto Show. While I appreciate the reassurance, it sure would have been nice if Honda would have outlined some of the key capabilities of the new 3.5-liter V-6. Maybe horsepower or torque ratings? No?

After the 2016 Honda Pilot debut, there are still large gaps of information missing, but we did get some nice insight regarding the third-generation SUV. While sparse on performance specs, we know the new Pilot is 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which combined with the new direct-injection V-6, will result in improved efficiency. On higher trims, the 2016 Honda Pilot will utilize a new nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

So if Honda didn’t talk about the new Pilot’s performance, what did it discuss? Most of the reveal centered on the SUV’s new family-friendly tech. The 2016 Pilot will feature five USB ports, an HDMI port, a power outlet, and a new tech locker to securely store devices. The available rear-entertainment system also gets an upgrade, with a higher resolution display and blu-ray capabilities. Standard push-button start is also added to the mix.

Prior to the actual reveal, there was also a HILARIOUS “think outside the box” joke, referring to the Pilot’s new exterior design, which now looks more or less like every other vehicles in its class. Lucky us.

Take a look at the images below to get an up-close look at the 2016 Honda Pilot debut from the Chicago Auto Show.

2016 Honda Pilot Reveal

2016 Honda Pilot Grille Chicago Auto Show Headlights New SUV

2016 Honda Pilot Chicago Auto Show Front View New SUV

2016 Honda Pilot Unveiling Chicago Auto Show Front Three Quarters Blue

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