The popular mid-size crossover is about to come with a bunch of changes as 2020 Honda Pilot if we can trust the latest report. This amazing SUV, known for its versatility, has been around since the early 2000s. So far, we have seen three generations of it.
The current model is present for about three years and the company already works on a facelift. According to the latest report, we are about to see a mid-cycle update in the next year. This refresh will bring a bunch of changes. Of course, the focus is on the visual improvements, but 2020 Pilot will also come with important novelty under the hood.
We are about to see a new hybrid powertrain in the offer, which will definitely make this crossover even more competitive. On the other side, interior design shouldn’t be changed a lot, though new standard features will certainly come.
2020 Honda Pilot Exterior Changes
Facelifts are mostly about styling upgrades and 2020 Honda Pilot won’t be an exception at all. In terms of base design characteristics, we won’t see changes. On the other side, visual improvement will be very subtle. Of course, the focus will be on the front end. The new version has been spotted on testing already. It still wears camouflage, so we can’t say precise details. Still, it’s not that hard to presume how the new model will look like. As you probably know, the legendary mid-size sedan Accord came completely new last year. It has brought plenty of new styling solutions and can expect some of them to be implemented on the new 2020 Honda Pilot. This mostly refers to the new grille and front fascia mostly, while headlights shouldn’t be changed a lot. Anyway, this means some interesting reshapings.
The rear end is still a mystery. While most of expect 2020 Honda Pilot to carry on without bigger changes, there are several reports that suggest changes. According to them, we are about to see new taillights. Finally, expect to see some novelties in terms of new color options, wheels design etc.
2020 Honda Pilot Interior
While the exterior is about to come with a bunch of subtle changes, the cabin of the new 2020 Honda Pilot will probably remain unchanged. We will see the same interior design, which is pretty much all about practicality. It offers one of the roomiest cabins in the segment, while the list of standard equipment looks pretty amazing as well. Still, don’t exclude potential tweaks at the dashboard.
The base trim level organization will remain the same. This crossover is available in five trim levels – LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite.
The LX comes in pretty basic layout, but it definitely isn’t a bare bone. Some of the notable standard features are things like 18-inch alloy wheels, 5-inch display, air conditioning, 7-speaker audio system, rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB etc.
The next one is called EX. This one adds numerous interesting things, including automatic headlights, fog lights, LED daytime running headlights, blind-spot camera, remote engine start, three-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio etc.
The EX-L is largely the same as EX, though it adds several comfort features. Some of them are a sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, power liftgate, power-adjustable passenger’s seat etc.
The Touring is the second highest trim level in the offer, so it’s not wondering that comes with a pretty long list of standard equipment. Some of the highlights are 20-inch wheels, new 9-speed transmission, ambient lighting, parking sensors, 10-speaker audio system, driver memory settings etc.
Finally, you will find Elite trim at the top of the offer. This model includes all from above but also adds numerous things. full blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, panoramic sunroof, automatic high beam, heated and ventilated seats and much more.
Note that this is the list for the current 2018-year model and that the new 2020 Pilot will probably come with a bunch of additions for each trim level.
2020 Honda Pilot Plug-In Hybrid
One of the biggest novelties for 2020 Honda Pilot will be a new plug-in hybrid version. So far, this crossover was available only with a gasoline engine. The new electrified system is pretty much the same as in new Accord. It is a system that combines a four-cylinder gasoline engine with two electric motors. Total output goes around 212 horsepower, which should be enough for most drivers. The biggest advantage of this version will be fuel economy. The new Accord returns almost 50 miles per gallon in a combined drive. The new 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid will probably feature slightly lower numbers, but pretty close to the sedan’s figures.
2020 Honda Pilot Engine
Besides new hybrid version, the 2020 Honda Pilot will continue with a familiar 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine. This unit delivers around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Base models come with a familiar 6-speed automatic transmission. On the other side, a new 9-speed gearbox is available in higher trims. Front-wheel drive is standard, while an AWD layout is available as an option. Thanks to a Variable Cylinder Management, this engine is characterized not only by plenty of power. It also offers quite good fuel economy, which goes around 20 mpg in city drive, and up to 27 mpg on a highway.
2020 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price
The new 2020 Honda Pilot will come sometime in 2019. It is still hard to make some more precise predictions, but we probably won’t see much earlier arrival than usual. The third quarter of the year sounds very likely. When it comes to price, the current model goes in a range between 31.000 and 47.500 dollars. This shouldn’t be changed much, at least when it comes to gasoline versions. On the other side, a new hybrid powertrain could add a few thousand. Base hybrid versions will probably go around 33/34.000 dollars.
Competition in the segment is very tough. Some of the rivals are models like the Toyota Highlander, Kia Sorento, and VW Atlas. Also, we shouldn’t forget models like Buick Enclave, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mazda CX-9, Ford Edge and many other quality mid-size crossovers.