Production of 2016 Honda Pilot Starts
CUV to Show Up at Dealers In June
Official series production of the 2016 Honda Pilot started May 21, with the first vehicles to pop up in dealer lots next month, according to the company. This comes hot on the heels of Honda’s official pricing for the new fullsize crossover, released earlier this week.
The third-generation Honda Pilot takes the model in a new direction, abandoning the previous generations’ blocky, upright styling in favor of a swoopy design not unlike the current CR-V. It will likely fit in much better with the established crossover set, including the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, and Kia Sorento, all of which feature a similar form factor.
Additionally, the new Pilot will come with optional features never before seen on a Honda, including Honda Sensing, a suite of active safety technologies that will help prevent or mitigate collisions. Honda’s Earth Dreams powerplant technology also makes its way into the Pilot’s engine bay, endowing the 3.5L V-6 with 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while also increasing fuel economy and lowering emissions. An optional nine-speed auto is available, replacing the standard six-speed for even better efficiency and performance.
Honda Manufacturing Alabama (HMA) builds the 2016 Pilot, which will likely be one of the company’s bestselling vehicles once sales get underway. HMA also builds the Pilot’s minivan platform-mate, the Honda Odyssey, and next year, an all-new Ridgeline pickup will make its way down the Alabama assembly line. The company is keen to point out that all Pilots are designed and built for the American market, with design originating from Los Angeles, research and development in Raymond, Ohio, and production in Lincoln, Alabama.