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2016 Honda Pilot Spied Ahead of Official Launch

  • All-new Honda Pilot spied ahead of Chicago Auto Show launch
  • New Pilot boasts rounder styling, LED lighting and an upgraded interior
  • We expect the latest Pilot to go on sale this summer or fall

An all-new, fully redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot is on its way, and new spy shots have given us a preview of what it will look like. The photos, recently snapped in California, show a new Honda Pilot test car under heavy camouflage ahead of its official debut later this year.

Although we can’t see much from the images, it’s clear that there are a lot of major changes to the all-new Pilot. The most obvious exterior revision is rounder styling, a sharp departure from the current model, which uses a boxier design with a more upright, angular look. The latest model also clearly employs LED brake lights and a more aggressive headlight design.

While the spy photos don’t show much detail on the upcoming Pilot’s interior, it’s clear that Honda will also be making some major changes to the inside. There’s a much larger touchscreen infotainment system in the all-new Pilot, along with push-button starting and a modernized center stack and dashboard.

Although we can’t confirm any technical details about the upcoming 2016 Honda Pilot, we’re almost certain that the SUV will once again share its platform and powertrain with the luxurious Acura MDX. Power will likely come from a standard V6 engine, which may be just a revised version of the 3.5-liter powerplant in the current model, while available drivetrains will include front- or all-wheel drive.

If you’re excited to get your hands on the all-new Pilot, your wait is almost over: Honda is expected to reveal the SUV in February at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, with sales likely to start this summer or fall.

What it means to you: The Honda Pilot is a dominant force in the midsize SUV segment, and an all-new model will likely prove to be highly popular.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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