All-new 2016 Honda Pilot Makes Canadian Debut

2016-Honda-PilotThe all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV made its Canadian premiere at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show. Reengineered and redesigned in North America, the 2016 Honda Pilot delivers more family-friendly utility, more advance technology and more quality attributes than ever before, boasting class-leading safety features, improved fuel efficiency and confident driving dynamics in a thoroughly modern and stylish new package.

The all-new 2016 Pilot, launching at Honda dealerships across Canada this summer, is the third generation of Honda’s three-row intermediate SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured in North America. Reinforcing 2015 as the “Year of Honda,” Pilot further strengthens Honda’s SUV/CUV triple threat by joining the exceptionally well received 2015 CR-V (2015 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year) and the greatly anticipated new 2016 HR-V.

“With looks that command attention and the powerful presence of true functionality, the 2016 Pilot sets a new benchmark in the intermediate SUV class with an unmatched combination of advance technology and utility,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice president of operations, Honda Canada Inc. “This means the all-new Pilot will provide family comfort, entertainment and assistance to active Canadians in all aspects of their lives, whether it’s an evening out for two, a road trip adventure for all or just the chores of everyday life.”

The all-new design of the 2016 Pilot sports a modern, sleek, yet commanding and muscular form incorporating new quality features, including optional brighter and more efficient LED projector headlights with auto high beam technology, available signature LED daytime running lights and taillights, plus available 20-inch wheels and a first-ever Panoramic Roof option. The exceptional quality of the new Pilot carries over to the interior, where designers have applied high-quality, soft- touch materials throughout the cabin and added thoughtful details such as LED map lighting.

Additional quality features include standard heated and available ventilated front seats, an available heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. For the first time, upper trim Pilot models will have second-row captain’s chairs, providing for easy walk through between the second and third rows, in addition to the standard second-row three-person 60/40 split seat for 8-passenger seating capacity on all other trims.

The new Pilot delivers the connectivity and power access that the modern family demands, including up to five USB ports, four that provide better recharging with 2.5-amp output, to charge iPads or smartphones while in use. Additional ports and plugs include an auxiliary jack for nearly any audio player, an HDMI port for a gaming console, two headphone jacks, two 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt outlet to power just about anything.

The new Pilot builds on its reputation for best-in-class interior space, versatility and utility with 90 mm of added vehicle length, enabling a larger cargo area that can hold a 78 L (82 quart) cooler without compromising third-row seating capability, a segment-exclusive feature. Third-row entry and exit is made even easier and more intuitive courtesy of an available one-touch walk-in second-row seat that slides and tilts to its forward-most position at the touch of a button.

The 2016 Pilot delivers more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance than ever before courtesy of its new 3.5-litre, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. For improved fuel efficiency, the Pilot will include available Idle Stop technology that shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, instantly and smoothly restarting the engine when the driver lifts his or her foot off the brake pedal. The new engine is mated to one of two advanced new transmissions – a Pilot-first 6-speed automatic transmission, or on the upper trim, a Honda- first 9-speed automatic transmission – both delivering notably refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance. The new Pilot will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations and will feature a completely new Honda all-wheel-drive system that delivers even more confident, efficient and dynamic all-weather performance.