Honda releases 2016 Pilot features and specs

More power to match new looks, more tech.

Honda has announced preliminary features and specs for its all-new Pilot crossover, including power figures for its updated V6.

We now know that power for the new Pilot will come from a 3.5L V6 producing 280 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 262 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 RPM--up 30hp and 9 lb-ft from the outgoing model. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, and Honda's first-ever nine-speed automatic unit is available as an option. Buyers can choose between front- and all-wheel drive.

We also now know the new Pilot's model hierarchy. The LX remains the base model, and standard features will include 18" wheels, hill start assist, LED brake lights and a multi-angle rear-view camera with guide lines. The LX is joined by EX, EX with Honda Sensing, EX-L, EX-L with Honda Sensing, Touring and an all-new, range-topping Elite trim. Elite trims will bundle a panoramic glass roof, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row heated captain's chairs, LED headlights with auto high-beam, rain sensing windshield wipers and other high-end gadgets.

he Pilot can be ordered with a number of high-end features including with a Blu-ray player, a nine-inch rear-seat entertainment system, leather-upholstery and a panoramic sunroof, a first in the nameplate's history. Additionally, buyers can replace the second-row bench with individual seats at an extra cost.

The new Pilot will be available with a long list of electronic driving aids including LaneWatch display, Blind Spot Indicators, and available Collision Mitigation Braking System and Honda's new Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system.

EPA figures for the V6 should be announced closer to its on-sale date later this year.

Photo by Brian Williams.

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