2023 Honda Pilot Hybrid – The Honda Pilot was introduced in June 2002, as a 2003 model. It has survived three generations and more than nineteen years on the market. The “Ultimate American Family Adventure Vehicle”, a vehicle that looks like a car, has sold more than two million units worldwide. It was built on a unibody platform and will be reinvented for its fourth year.
The 2023 Honda Pilot will likely be available in dealer showrooms as an optional hybrid model. This is not the case with the current model. The first-ever Honda Pilot Hybrid would make the midsize SUV appealing for fuel economy- and environment-conscious customers.
2023 Honda Pilot Hybrid Redesign
Honda’s midsize SUV is still made in North America. The next-generation model is bolder and more striking than the current Pilot. The new model will have a more upright front-end, with the nose straight up, and a flatter roof. A modern look would be given to the rear-end by a contrast styling and a steeply raked windshield, similar to the smaller Toyota Venza. The fourth-gen Acura MDX is a clue as to the dimensional changes. It would either be the technical cousin or the main derivate, and the new Pilot would be the same. The 2022 Acura MDX measures 2.2 inches longer than its predecessor and is exactly one inch wider, 0.6 in taller, and has an additional 2.8-inch wheelbase.
The new Honda Pilot interior will reflect the same design philosophy as the Civic’s new Civic: Simplicity and Something. The interior design will be clean and simple with a simplified dashboard. This reduces visual clutter. It will be larger than the previous model. The minimalist styling of the steering wheel and center console will be accentuated by a clean design. The mid-size SUV will be more appealing to tech-savvy customers with a 12.2-inch HD LCD instrument cluster and a brand new touchscreen infotainment system that includes wireless Apple CarPlay or wireless Android Auto.
Honda and Google have reached a deal to integrate the in-vehicle-connected services of Google into a new model that will be launched in North America in the second half of this year. This could be the 2023 Honda CR-V. Future Honda models in the region will have Google services integrated into their infotainment system. Customers will be able to access the Google services that they use on their phones directly from their vehicle via Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play. They will be able to download their favorite apps, audiobooks, and music to their car via Google Play.
Honda could expand the Pilot’s ADAS list with the forthcoming full model update. The company will not offer Level 3 autonomous driving features in conjunction with the Honda Sensing Elite safety systems. There are many regulatory issues involved in offering Level 3 autonomous driving functions in America. Although technically it is possible to make the Pilot L3 fully autonomous, Honda may not be able to do so yet. Autonews.com reports Jay Joseph said that the U.S. infrastructure is not compatible with the Honda Sensing Elite system, which allows hands-free autonomous driving of the Honda Legend (Japan’s Acura RLX). Joseph is Vice President Marketing & Customer Experience for Honda’s American subsidiary. Unless the environment changes, the company could be prevented from introducing autonomous driving without the need for a license in the United States due to the different laws and policies of different insurance companies.
The Acura RLX’s Honda Sensing Elite has a ‘Traffic Jam Pilot’ function. This is an L3 autonomous driving technology according to Japanese authorities. If certain conditions are met, the driver can give the car core tasks such as steering, braking, acceleration, and steering. Drivers can relax by focusing on their phones or watching TV/DVD.
Engine & Battery
Although the Honda Pilot was traditionally equipped with a large gasoline engine in its past, electrification is now a reality. Soon after launch, the new mid-size SUV will likely come with a hybrid powertrain. Honda has not revealed any details about the new Pilot, but it has promised hybrid versions of its core models shortly. Our strategy is to introduce a higher percentage hybrid into core models in the short term. We are also making an effort to achieve greater volume, which will lead to the introduction of our Honda Prologue.
Previously, rumors of a Pilot PHEV circulated in the media. However, recent developments suggest that there are no plans to make a Pilot plugin hybrid. American Honda’s executive vice president of National Operations, Dave Gardner, spoke to the media recently about the Honda and Acura launches planned for 2022 (via The Detroit Bureau). There isn’t one PHEV currently in development. Gardner stated that the company will transition from internal combustion engines to hybrid electric cars, but then it will “jump directly to” battery electric vehicles. The 2024 Honda Prologue is the first of these BEVs. The Pilot is competing with the Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride as well as the VW Atlas, Hyundai Palisade (and the Ford Explorer), and the Chevrolet Traverse. The Pilot has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 19 city/26 Highway/22 combined in AWD. A hybrid makes it more fuel-efficient, such as the Toyota Highlander AWD or the Ford Explorer AWD. The hybrid variants are expected to achieve a combined fuel economy of 35 city/35 highway/35 combined, and 23 city/26 Highway/25 combined. Honda will need to improve its midsize SUV’s efficiency to remain competitive.
2023 Honda Pilot Hybrid Price & Release Date
In late 2022, the next-generation Honda Pilot will be available as an MY2023 version. Honda announced in its 2023 HRV teaser that 2022 would be “the year for the crossover”. Prices will start at USD 38,500 and the TrailSport trim will also be included in the new model family.