The new SUV represents the fourth generation in the Pilot line and is expected to be available at dealerships in the latter part of 2022. It will also be available as a 2023 model. Our 2023 Honda Pilot spy photos show that the new Pilot will have a ruggeder design than the current Pilot, whose soft lines look more like a minivan than an SUV. The updated Ridgeline pickup truck in 2021 will have some influence.
The new proportions, which are very similar to the 2022 Acura MDX, help create a rugged design that will be shared with Pilot. This platform is stiffer than the one it replaces, which should result in better dynamics for the Pilot.
The MDX’s new design features an additional 2.8 inches in its wheelbase, so we expect to see the Pilot’s wheelbase expand. This will allow for more space inside the vehicle and make it easier to access the third row. Eight seats should be retained.
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 290 horsepower and 267 lbft of torque should provide power. It is connected to a 10-speed auto and paired with a 10-speed manual. The MDX has the same configuration. The front wheels should be driven, but all-wheel drive is possible. An option for a plug-in hybrid is possible at some point.
The Pilot is an important part of Honda’s lineup, even though it isn’t as popular as the CR-V. Honda sold 123,813 Pilots that year in America, despite the Covid-19 restrictions.
The CR-V has been redesigned. It is expected to make its debut as a 2023 model in 2022. The 2023 model will also include a redesigned HR-V.
2023 Honda Pilot Redesign
This redesign will bring many changes. Although the Japanese company is trying to keep the details of the new model secret, some things can be predicted. One of these is the platform that will be shared with Acura MDX, the newly-redesigned model. Both models will be riding on the same chassis, and it is clear that the new model will have a better ride quality.
The suspension setup will be the most significant change. Although the current model is quite comfortable, we anticipate that the new model will be more athletic. Base models will once again come with front-wheel drive. An option will be available for all-wheel-drive.
The roadside test model was spotted and, even though it is still fully camouflaged, certain things are easily visible. The new generation has a ruggeder styling and larger dimensions. This is not surprising considering that the new Acura MDX has 2.8 inches more wheelbase than its predecessor. We expect the Honda Pilot 2023 to have the same increase and other dimensions to grow.
We also expect the new styling. It’s difficult to discuss details at this time, but we believe Honda will soon implement the latest design language. This will apply to other models as well, starting with the CR-V, which is Honda’s most popular model. This should occur in the coming months.
Also, the interior of the 2023 Honda Pilot will be completely new. We are excited to announce a brand new dashboard design. The current model is very attractive and has excellent build quality. Honda may follow the lead of younger competitors who look more sophisticated. This is why we will soon see more appealing aesthetics, better tech features, and even more beautiful materials.
The overall layout will not change, but the longer wheelbase will certainly bring more passenger space. The standard model will have three rows of seats, but the new model will offer a lot more cargo volume. The current model has 18.5 cubic feet more cargo space than the third row, 55.9 cubes behind the second row, and 109.2 cubes of total cargo volume. This is impressive for a mid-size SUV.
2023 Honda Pilot Engines
This aspect will not be changed from the rest of the vehicle. 2023 Honda Pilot will keep the 3.5-liter V6 engine. It will produce a maximum output of 290 horsepower, and 267 pound-feet torque. We are confident that the engine will be paired with a 10-speed auto transmission, and this combination will deliver more than satisfactory performance. We also expect that the mpg ratings of the new engine will be very similar to the previous generation. This would translate into around 19 mpg in cities and 27 on the highway.
There is also the possibility of a plug-in hybrid model. We are not yet aware of the details about the powertrain, and it is likely that we will need to wait another year to see this model in Honda’s lineup.
2023 Honda Pilot Price and Release Date
The 2023 Honda Pilot release date is expected to hit the market sometime in the second-half of 2022. However, a more exact date has yet to be announced. We expect the base version 2023 Honda Pilot price around 37.000 dollars.