The Honda Pilot is expected to receive a full redesign for the 2015 model year. While the vehicle’s basic size and proportions won’t likely change, expect what could be radically different exterior styling that swaps contemporary curves and creases for the current generation’s upright and boxy militaristic look. The car’s interior will likewise add overall refinement and can be expected to again seat up to eight passengers depending on the seating configuration.
Reports suggest the current 3.5-liter V-6 engine will be re-engineered to produce as much as 310 horsepower and 265 pound/feet of torque for a welcome power boost. Expect the 2015 Pilot to offer two separate transmissions. A CVT automatic that swaps gears for a belt and a set of pulleys will come with front-drive versions to help maximize the Pilot’s fuel economy, while a conventional six-speed automatic is predicted with AWD models.
The next-generation Pilot should also catch up a bit in terms of features, particularly in higher trim levels to help keep up with the competition. These will likely include blind spot, lane departure, and forward collision warning systems; the latter might further include automatic braking to help prevent or minimize the effects of a crash. Other newly offered gear could include adaptive headlamps, adaptive cruise control, rear heated seats, ventilated front seats, a push-button start system, and additional smartphone connectivity features.