2016 Honda Pilot, Acura RDX to Debut at Chicago
Company Also Promises Additional Details on Next Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline has always been a solid, if somewhat dated, entry into the midsize crossover segment, with the current-generation model debuting for the 2009 model year. Following the introduction of the updated Acura MDX, the Pilot will be the second model on Honda’s updated light truck platform. A side silhouette released by Honda ahead of the 2016 Pilot’s expected Chicago debut shows a swoopier, less angular style than the current Pilot, which has remained defiantly square as competitors have introduced sleeker, more stylish models.
In terms of mechanicals, expect the new Pilot to get some version of the MDX’s Earth Dreams 3.5L direct-injected V-6. The transmission is likely to be a six-speed automatic, although an introduction of a nine-speed automatic in the TLX sedan could be a hint of what’s in store for the Pilot as well. The current Pilot’s fuel economy ratings of 18/25 for the 2WD model and 17/24 for the 4WD model are competitive for its class, but as with the MDX, look for improved fuel economy to be a major priority on the new model.
In addition to the new Pilot, the updated 2016 Acura RDX is expected to be shown at Chicago. All-new for 2013, the mid-cycle refresh is expected to be fairly extensive, adding Acura’s signature Jewel Eye LED projector beam headlights and a likely upgrade to the MDX’s direct-injected 3.5L V-6. Finally, the company promises more details will be revealed on the next-generation Ridgeline pickup at Chicago.