Just a year after its launch in the North American market, Honda Cars Philippines welcomes the arrival of its first-class SUV: the Pilot back to the Philippines. After some teasing, it arrives and befitting its name, the 8-seater Pilot returns packed with more horses under the hood, more convenience features, more tech, and a substantially raised price tag as well.
Designed and developed in America by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the 2016 Pilot is a commanding premium SUV that features LED projector-type headlights with signature DRLs as well as LED tail lights. 18-inch alloy wheels complete the Pilot’s modern and sophisticated look.
Inside, it has a contemporary cabin that starts out with the convenience of the keyless Smart Entry system. For this year, it has added functionalities such as Remote Control Engine Start and Power Tailgate Operation. After that, the occupants will revel in the soft-touch plastics, posh black leather, and available ambient lighting. It also features a triple-zone automatic climate control with rear controls, rear door shades, and a one-touch second row walk-in seat feature where with just one touch, the second row seat slides and tilt allowing easier access to the third row.
Entertainment is provided by an 8-inch touchscreen audio system powered by a new Android-based operating system with a fast processor. This means the Pilot can take on all kinds of interfaces including Bluetooth, HDMI, and USB connectivity. The sound is routed through a 7-speaker system. For the rear passengers, the Pilot has a 9-inch entertainment system with both DVD and HDMI inputs.
Uncompromising comfort is provided by the 10-way powered seats for the driver and 4-way for the front passenger. Aside from its 8-seater capacity, the all-new Pilot bumps up its overall length by three inches to provide even more cargo flexibility without compromising the third row seats. What’s more, a Flexible Cargo Management System features a two-position cargo lid that permits items to be stored in a lower compartment, adjustable to provide higher cargo space.
Providing power is Honda’s 3.5-liter Direct-Injection i-VTEC V6 engine. Equipped with Earth Dreams Technology and Variable Cylinder Management, it outs 284 horsepower through all four wheels courtesy of the Intelligent Variable Torque Management or i-VTM4. The i-VTM4 also incorporates a new torque vectoring function for enhanced cornering while providing all-weather performance. The Pilot also comes with Intelligent Traction Management that offers four preset all-wheel driving modes.
Designed to be a leader in safety, the 2016 Pilot comes with adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keeping assist, road departure warning, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. This is apart from the usual suite of six airbags, antilock brakes with brake assist, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, blind spot information system, cross traffic monitor, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot retails for P 3,380,000 and is available in four colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Dark Cherry Pearl (by order), and White Diamond Pearl (additional P 20,000).
For those interested to see the all-new Pilot, it will be on display along with other Honda vehicles at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Level 1 from February 24 to 28, 2016.