Honda Pilot of the current generation has been produced since 2016 and the change of generation is not far off. YouTube channel TFLnow found out that the automaker has already begun road tests of the next Pilot, as evidenced by spy photos taken at a gas station in Ohio – the images capture the test prototype, tightly wrapped in camouflage. The car is unmarked except for the license plate on the back door – it is registered in the same state where Honda’s research center and factory are based.
The car in the photos can also be recognized by the body contours, which echo the current Pilot, especially the slightly beveled roof toward the rear pillars. Under the white film at the front, you can see the logo, set in the center of a massive grille, which is flanked by narrower headlights. Judging by the slots in the fabric, there are ventilation holes on the front bumper. High-beam headlights, like those of the Passport model, updated in the fall of 2021, are also visible.
Motor1.com draws attention to the rectangular twin tailpipes in the style of the Acura MDX, with which the new Pilot is rumored to share the platform and the 3.5-liter atmospheric “six” (the MDX produces 294 horsepower). Thus, the 360-horsepower supercharged V6 3.0 with direct injection, most likely, will not appear on the next Pilot, but hybrid installation will be prepared for the Honda SUV.
Judging by the abundance of camouflage, tests are in the early stages, so the premiere of the new Honda Pilot, with a high degree of probability, will not be until 2023.
Source: TFLnow / YouTube.com