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Pilot is one of the most family-friendly three-row SUVs. It is a major threat to minivan class since no other model can offer as much versatility as Honda Pilot. With a seating capacity of eight, this vehicle can accommodate big families. On the other hand, if you need to tow, then 5,000 pounds and foldable seats will turn this SUV into something totally different. With the only a small update for the next season (Black Edition for 2020), we can expect the blast from the 2021 Honda Pilot. The current generation was launched in 2016 and in the previous three years, the vehicle suffered one small facelift. Now, with Passport SUV out, the 2021 Pilot redesign will change the concept of the current SUV.
The new model for 2020 just came out. So, we will have to wait a while until the 2021 Honda Pilot becomes official. The three-row vehicle will keep its versatility and seating capacity. On the other hand, the biggest update should be a hybrid drivetrain. Again, it is early for predictions and official updates, since the model for 2020 is fresh. So, in this review, we will check out the rumors and speculations surrounding Honda’s flagship model.
Hybrid Engine is Certain
The 2021 Honda Pilot Hybrid is now more likely than ever. For years we can hear speculations telling us the company is about to deliver it soon. Actually, ever since the new generation stepped into the market in 2017. Whatsoever, hybrid technology evolved a lot in the previous three years. Honda is delivering compact CR-V crossover with electric motors supporting the petrol engine. However, the vehicle is available in Europe only at the moment. Next year the Japanese company will bring it overseas, and the following season is reserved for Pilot Hybrid.
It is still questionable which engine is getting electric support. A 3.5-liter V6 is the most reliable engine in the family. But, the company is using a different setup for its premium mid-size SUV, Acura MDX. In this case, there is a 3.0-liter V6 unit as the base for the hybrid drivetrain. In this case, the 2021 Honda Pilot Hybrid could gain around 320 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. At the same time, the engine returns 27 mpg combined. Still, the SUV could be after the PHEV version according to some spy photos claiming to be Pilot’s next edition. Everything is too blurry on these images and we are not sure there is a lot of truth in these speculations. Of course, the company is still quiet about the new arrival.
V6 Remains the Main Source of Power
Until the hybrid engine arrives, the 3.5-liter V6 engine is the only powertrain for the upcoming Pilot SUV. One of the most trusted units in the market can achieve 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of twist. It is not among the best outputs in the segment, but the engine is one of the most reliable mills. Still, the 2021 Honda Pilot can count on 5,000 pounds of towing capacity with all-wheel drive. In case you are using a front-wheel drive, we recommend not tow more than 3.500 pounds. An eight-speed automatic transmission doesn’t have an alternative.
2021 Honda Pilot Redesign Concept
It is not impossible to see the new 2021 Honda Pilot redesigned. Only two years after the release of the third generation the SUV suffered a facelift. Again, it will take another couple of years for designers to prepare another major update. They didn’t make a good job with the Honda Passport, which is almost the same as Pilot. However, the new model could take the old design, since the flagship SUV is heading to the redesign. With huge news coming from other companies, it is not impossible to see some radical turns by Honda.
The main advantages of the SUV will remain there after the new concept appears. That is a terrific torque-vectoring AWD that offers super-handling steering. Also, the eight-seat layout is perfect for larger families. If you want to make the ride more comfortable, then there is a middle-row with two captain’s chairs available at higher trim levels. We still don’t know precisely what kind of changes are on the way and how these are going to affect overall interior dimensions. Pilot is currently offering 16 cubic feet behind the third row, and up to 84 cubic-feet with all seats folded.
When Will 2021 Honda Pilot Come Out?
The new 2021 Honda Pilot won’t be out until next year. We still don’t have any info about its redesign. We believe the company aims the NAIAS 2020 which is happening next summer. Few months after that, the new Pilot could be available in dealerships. By the end of 2020 for sure. Even after changes, the price of the new 2021 Honda Pilot will remain the same. The MSRP is just under $33,000. It is an average price for the three-row mid-size SUVs.