“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