Honday’s New SUV: A “Triple Threat”?

By  USDR

The all-new, third generation 2016 Honda Pilot will go on sale this summer ready to take the mid-size SUV segment by storm, with more of what active families seek in a three-row SUV – sleek and athletic styling, outstanding power, sophisticated technology and, new for 2016, an all-new Elite model with a panoramic roof and a vast array of other standard  features.

Building on the solid reputation established from the fall 2002 introduction of the first generation 2003 model, the 2016 Pilot brings a whole new level of refinement and available content to the segment. This includes a more powerful direct injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC® Earth Dreams™ Technology engine producing 280 horsepower1 and 262 lb-ft of torque2, and new 6-speed and 9-speed automatic transmissions. Providing outstanding dynamic handling are a new Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System and all-new selectable Intelligent Traction Management system featuring Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow modes on the AWD model and Normal and Snow on the 2WD model. Also significantly upgraded are the Display Audio and navigation systems. The available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies brings available features that include Collision Mitigation Braking System™3 with Forward Collision Warning4, Road Departure Mitigation System5, Lane Keeping Assist System6 with Lane Departure Warning7 and Adaptive Cruise  Control8.

Providing customers with a greatly increased range of trim levels, the 2016 Pilot is available in a new top-of-the-line Elite trim together with LX, EX, EX with Honda Sensing™, EX-L, EX-L with Honda Sensing™ and Touring trims. Honda Sensing™ is standard on both Touring and Elite trims. The Pilot Elite offers an extensive feature content list, including 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 much more. And these are in addition to a long list of standard features throughout the Pilot trim  range.

Model Trim Summary

Pilot LX Prominent Features

Direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

Hill Start Assist

Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System (available)

18-inch aluminum alloy wheels 

Brake Assist

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera9 with guidelines

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)10 with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators

Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure

LED Brake Lights

Remote Entry

Push Button Start

5-Inch Color LCD Screen

200-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®11

Bluetooth® Streaming Audio11

MP3/Windows Media®12 Audio (WMA) Playback Capability

USB Audio Interface [Center Console w/High-Speed Charging (1 Port)]

Pilot EX Prominent Features – Changed or added from LX

Intelligent Traction Management, Normal/Snow (2WD), Normal/Mud/Sand/Snow (AWD)

Remote Engine Start

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera9 (HS) with dynamic guidelines

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Honda Sensing™ (available)

Honda LaneWatch™13

Programmable Remote Entry

Smart Entry

Fog Lights

HomeLink® Remote System14

Driver’s Seat with 10-Way Power Adjustment, including Power Lumbar Support

USB HondaLink/Audio Interface15 [Front w/Charging (1 Port) and Center Console w/High-Speed Charging (2 Ports)]

225-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer

8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Electrostatic Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings

HondaLink® Next Generation16

SMS Text Message Function17

SiriusXM® Radio18

Pandora®19 Compatibility

Song By Voice® (SBV)

Pilot EX-L Prominent Features – Changed or added from EX

Acoustic Windshield Glass

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature

Power Tailgate

Rear Entertainment System with HDMI interface20 and 115V power outlet (RES) (available)

Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

One-Touch 2nd-Row Seats

Front Passenger’s Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment

Leather-Trimmed Interior

Heated Front Seats

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition21 and Honda HD Digital Traffic (available)

Pilot Touring Prominent Features – Changed or added from EX-L

9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) with Paddle Shifters

20-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels

Honda Sensing™

Acoustic Windshield and Front Door Glass

Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors. Heated (AWD) with Memory and Integrated LED Turn Indicators

Driver’s Seat with 10-Way Power Adjustment, including Power Lumbar Support with Two-Position Memory

Idle-Stop

Roof Rails

Blu-Ray Rear Entertainment System

Blue Ambient LED Lighting

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition22 and Honda HD Digital Traffic

540-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, including Subwoofer

USB Ports, 2nd-Row w/High-Speed Charging (2 Ports)

Pilot Elite Prominent Features – Changed or added from Touring

Auto High-Beam Headlights

Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor23

Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers

Trailer Harness

Panoramic Roof

LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off

Heated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Front and 2nd-Row Illuminated Beverage Holders

Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

Heated 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs

HD Radio™24

Earth Dreams™ Technology  Powertrain


The 2016 Pilot delivers more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance than ever before courtesy of its new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The engine’s peak output of 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque is up 30 hp and 9 lb.-ft. over the previous model. The engine is matched to a choice of two new advanced transmissions – a Pilot-first 6-speed automatic transmission or, on upper trims, a Honda-first 9-speed automatic transmission – both delivering more refined, responsive and fuel-efficient  performance.

Intelligent Variable Torque Management for all Four Wheels  (i-VTM4) 


The Pilot’s available new Intelligent VTM4 (i-VTM4) is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced all-wheel-drive system offered in a mainstream, three-row SUV. This entirely more capable system progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles and, for the first time ever in a Honda vehicle, dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels using the new, lightweight rear drive unit. Benefits include superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that is unmatched by front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive  systems.

Intelligent Traction  Management


This new Pilot features a new button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that offers different operating modes, for the AWD: Normal, Mud, Sand and Snow; and for the FWD: Normal and Snow. Reflecting Pilot’s role as a key U.S. export model, this system was developed, tuned and tested at various locations in the U.S. and around the world – including in Imperial Dunes “Glamis”,California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle’s center console. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the drive-by wire map, transmission shift map, Vehicle Stability Assist and i-VTM4 torque distribution for AWD equipped models for optimal performance in varying road or surface  conditions.

Display Audio and  Navigation
Honda’s latest thinking for advanced, family-friendly technology is embodied in the new Pilot. New features include the available 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface with Android operating system and all-new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ developed in cooperation with the experts at  Garmin®24.

Exterior  Colors
All 2016 Pilot trims are available in eight exterior colors including three metallic and five pearl colors. All colors have a strong character, offering expressive contrasts that complement the Pilot’s body-panel curves and angles, while also exhibiting a smart luxury appearance. The colors  are:

Modern Steel Metallic*        

  White Diamond Pearl

Lunar Silver Metallic*        

  Crystal Black Pearl  

Steel Sapphire Metallic*      

  Obsidian Blue Pearl 

Black Forest Pearl*           

  Dark Cherry Pearl   

* New color for Pilot  

The exterior colors are keyed to the 2016 Pilot’s three new available interior colors: Black, Gray and  Beige.

1 280 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (SAE  net)

2 262 lb-ft @4700 rpm (SAE  net)

CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding  collisions.

FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding  collisions.

Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. Road Departure Mitigation may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding  collisions.

6  LKAS only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position. LKAS may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding  collisions.

LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding  collisions.

ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a  collision.

Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your  vehicle.

10  For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for  details.

11  The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under  license.

12 Windows Media® is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other  countries.

13  Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing  lanes.

14  HomeLink and the HomeLink house are registered trademarks of Johnson  Controls®.

15  The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Check the HondaLink® website for smartphone compatibility. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

16  Check the HondaLink® website for smartphone compatibility.

17  Compatible with select phones with Bluetooth®. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature. Only use texting feature when conditions allow you to do so  safely.

18  SiriusXM services require a subscription after any trial period. If you decide to continue your SiriusXM service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. ©2015 Sirius XMRadio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio  Inc.

19  Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: www.pandora.com/everywhere/mobile. Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans  apply.

20  HDMI, the HDMI Logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC, in the United States and othe r countries.

21  The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L models and standard on Touring and Elite models in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska). Please see your Honda dealer for  details.

22  The system is not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and  speed.

23  HD Radio is a proprietary trademark of iBiquity Digital  Corporation.

24 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L models in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except  Alaska).

SOURCE American Honda Motor Co.,  Inc.

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