Honda’s largest SUV is getting a hybrid powertrain. The Japanese carmaker is making some significant steps lately and giving Pilot a hybrid variant is one of them for sure. The 2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid will utilize the same two-motor system just as the all-new Acord and Insight models. Furthermore, this SUV gets a revised front fascia, new taillights are LED daytime running lights.
The 2019 Pilot Hybrid delivers a roomy interior that comes with three rows of seats. Perfect for families, Pilot also comes with a great safety rating. The city ride is its primary job, but this SUV also offers average off-road abilities. The ride is smooth and the handling is superb. On top of that, strong performance and respectable fuel economy make Pilot an all-around player. The hybrid model will see significantly better fuel economy, and the exterior will looks amazingly modern.
2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid will get front and rear upgrades
The last redesign happened two years ago and since then, Pilot SUV traded its boxy appearance for a more athletic stance and rounder approach. Generally, the exterior looks sharp and modern. However, after the newest spy shots, it is clear that the 2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid will get further upgrades.
The facelift includes both front and rear upgrades. Thanks to the modern platform, Honda’s designers are able to improve the design without the need to make a complete revamp. With that in mind, the front end gets a new LED daytime running lights and more prominent grille.
The headlights will suffer a redesign and the same will happen with the taillights. Just as with the drivetrain, the latest exterior changes are inspired by the design of the newest Honda Odyssey. The windows are larger and there is far less plastic cladding.
Some feedbacks are suggesting that the Pilot SUV looks more like a minivan, which actually makes perfect sense. The base model will ride on the 18-inch wheels and Touring and Elite trims are offering 20-inch rollers. Speaking of upper trim levels, more chrome materials will be in the offer and the sunroof will come as standard.
2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid interior refreshments
The interior of the 2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid will also suffer a couple of refinements. Most of the technology features will get an upgrade and some design changes are visible. For the start, the cabin now sports much more soft-touch surfaces. The center console is bigger now and thanks to a perfect layout, legroom will stay intact.
The room inside the cabin is great and that includes both cargo and storage space. The navigation system is completely new and it comes with a better interface than the previous version. All three rows are offering comfortable seats and you can access this SUV with ease.
The seats are folding flat so the cargo area can be additionally improved. The second-row seats are now available with the one-touch fold system. The rest of the technology equipment includes Bluetooth, push-button start and the current 4.2-inch touchscreen. If you opt for Touring or Elite models, most of the optional features will become standard. That means the safety is even better and you can have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The safety of the 2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid is better than before as the rearview camera and cruise control are standard now. Also, a tire-pressure-monitoring system will come as standard as the lane assist system.
2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid engine and transmission
The upcoming 2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid will employ the same system as the Insight and Accord models. It means there will be two electric motors, however, Pilot will use an engine that delivers much more power. While the Accord is deploying a 2.0-liter engine and Insight a 1.5-liter engine, the Pilot SUV will utilize its 3.5-liter V6.
This very same unit could also power the upcoming Honda Odyssey. Normally, a V6 powertrain delivers 280 horses and 263 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Upper trims will get the same engine but with the 9-speed automatic transmission.
Furthermore, all trims are getting an all-wheel-drive setup that is optional. However, the hybrid variant will attach two electric motors to the V6 powertrain. It means the power will be much greater and the fuel economy numbers will be astonishing.
An AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor will add around 20 horsepower and 40 lb-ft of twists. This should be enough for Honda Pilot Hybrid to generate over 300 horses and 300 lb-ft of torque. We expect the mileage over 45 mpg in the city and on the highway.
2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid price and release date
The 2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid will make a debut later this year before it goes on sale at the beginning of 2019. The upcoming 2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid will start at over $35,000. Have in mind the base model costs $30,000 and the EX model $34,500.
The EX-L trims are priced at $38,500 and the Touring trim is about $45,000. A range-topping Elite model is around $50,000.