Honda is rejuvenating its SUV lineup in the United States. After unveiling the new HR-V and teasing the next-generation CR-V before its summer debut, the company has notified us that a successor to the Pilot will be released later this year. The design is quite mysterious as only one prototype was seen undergoing testing and carrying extensive camouflage.
While the 2023 Pilot we saw earlier this May make a fuel stop in Ohio has a lot of makeup on, that hasn’t stopped independent artists from imagining what’s lurking behind a thick disguise. To be honest, the adjacent rendering is more of a shot in the dark as it was after the global version of the new HR-V. It’s a handsome midsize SUV and we wouldn’t mind seeing it in real life.
The new pilot is likely to grow in size given that it is expected to borrow from the platform used by the Acura MDX, a luxury SUV that is now larger than its predecessor. That should bring about a longer wheelbase for more legroom, especially for passengers sitting in the second and third rows. The slightly longer rear door makes it easier to jump in and out of the very back seat.
Honda is taking its products to the next level in the United States as it recently announced hybrid versions of the Civic, CR-V, and Accord. It remains to be seen if the fourth-generation Pilot will also go down to electric(Fied) Street. The lower version is expected to stick with the front-wheel drive layout while the more expensive one should have AWD.
We don’t expect any surprises regarding the traditional powertrain as Honda will probably use the MDX’s 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 290 hp and 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) channeled to the road via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Acura gets a new double-wishbone front suspension for better handling and an improved dash-to-axle ratio for a sportier look by pushing the cab backwards on the vehicle.
With Honda preoccupied with smaller SUVs for now, the new Pilot won’t stop until near the end of 2022.