• Dec 12, 2007
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Honda's big debut at the Detroit Auto Show will be the prototype version of the next-generation Pilot SUV. As was the case with the Accord Coupe Concept shown a year ago, expect to see a very thinly disguised version of the production vehicle. From the rendering above, it looks like Honda's embracing a more Jeep-y, rugged look for its sport ute, which gets new interior packaging and capacity for eight passengers as well. Joining the Pilot proto will be the automaker's L.A. show darlings, the FCX Clarity and CR-Z hybrid concept.

[Source: Honda]

PRESS RELEASE:
Prototype Honda Pilot Headed to North American International Auto Show

12/12/2007 -TORRANCE, Calif. - A prototype of the next-generation Honda Pilot will be unveiled at the January 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The prototype will convey design features of the more boldly-styled, next-generation Pilot and will emphasize authentic SUV styling, clever interior packaging and advanced technologies for safety, fuel efficiency and convenience.

The current-generation Pilot offers versatile eight-passenger seating and all-weather, medium-duty off-road capabilities while earning a distinctive reputation in the midsize SUV class for its refined handling and ride comfort. Among its numerous accolades, the Honda Pilot has earned Car and Driver magazine's prestigious "5Best Truck" award for six straight years (2002 thru 2007).

Additional Honda vehicles to be on display at NAIAS include the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, introduced at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the CR-Z concept vehicle, introduced at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show. Limited retail marketing of the FCX Clarity will begin in summer 2008. The CR-Z is a next-generation lightweight sports car concept equipped with Honda's original gas-electric hybrid system.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      No, actually the dashes and interiors of the Veracruz and Santa Fe are an ergonomic and aesthetic leap forward to the Pilots, which as I said is all plastic.
      But you would know this if you knew what manufacturers are building. Since you don't, I'll educate your ignorant, labotimized brain. Doubt it will help since I have never been able to fix stupid in individuals who are prone to a condescending tone.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ROFL

        agreed.
        Still no cure, hotfix, or Service Pack# for stupid.
        And you cant fix ignorance when its saddled with arrogance.

        Of course, when everyone thinks Honda craps gold, thats why it sells. A lot of their cars are good for what they are but they are not the end all or be all.

        Someone willing to look will likely find a better car for their needs. I'll take a Malibu over an Accord, a Mazda3 over a Civic, a Veracruz over a Pilot, ....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or a Forester XT over a C-RV...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Suzuki Vitara meets Geo Tracker meets Jeep Liberty meets Dodge Nitro meets Chevy Equinox. Very original! Looks ok (if ur n2 cute-utes) but it needs a Mugen badge. But no Mugen seats. Those would be gone in no time. I say build it! What's to lose??
        • 7 Years Ago
        when your Honda...you have 'money' coming out the tail-pipe. A 'risk' would be building that dang Step Bus Concept for American consumption. Hey, I'm not saying I agree with it, but Americans have proven more than once that tiny is not acceptable here. Look at the orginal Civic or Accord...those used to be tossable, frugal, affordable cars...now...they are overweight, unattractive (minus the S2000 of course) appliances. God, I just realized I miss my 1995 Prelude!!! This SUV/CUV concept drawing has proven that Honda has fallen prey to the Americanization of their cars. Not a bad thing...just reality. So I say, What's to lose?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guaranteed it will have some new awkward blockish grill that seems to be on every new Honda product. It will get bigger guaranteed. Look at the new Accord. It is a miracle that the CR-V didn't get supersized.

      The current edition is getting long in the tooth so they better hurry up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      With honda odyssey off-road ability.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The size of the new Pilot will very likely be the same size as the outgoing. Why? Because the Pilot is a derivitive of the new MDX, and the new MDX is about the same size as the previous generation (which we own).

      Another BIG reason why Honda does so well: Resale value. Compare the resale value of an Accord to any previous generation Malibu (or Santa Fe, as far as that's concerned)....good luck. Don't get me wrong, I like the styling of the new Malibu (probably more than the new Accord). However, I don't have any confidence in it's resale value (not to mention long-term reliability). Maybe (hopefully) this version of Malibu will put them on-track with reliability & resale value. It's a possibility. The Accord? You can pretty much bank on it.

      As for those who are "shocked" that some of us like the CRV, you realize that it's now the #1 selling SUV/CUV, right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks alright. Now if only they could put a better engine in it with more than 244hp and more torque in this heavy SUV. I looked at one and thought it was great, until I
      drove it. These things can't any better gas mileage than an Explorer, because in the real world, it needs to hit about 3500 rpms just to keep up with traffic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Have owned TWO PILOTS putting on 200,000 miles with not one problem. Change fluids, filters brakes and tires. Great vehicle.
      Does need less plastic on the interior and better sounds systems. May go Veracruz or Santa Fe if this doesn't improve.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. It Does need less plastic on the interior.
        The current one is SEA of hard plastic
        • 7 Years Ago
        So the plastics bother you and you want to go to even crappier plastics...right...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda is probably the best car company right now, IMHO. Especially because I got a deal $100 over invoice at a time that the best I saw on "Prices Paid and Buyer Experience" on Edmunds Townhall was $500 over invoice. Love the internet department!! I guess it also helps that there were like 5 dealers within a 10 mile radius.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of Honda's past designs but the the dimensions of this make it look almost like a comic characture. Maybe they're going to use it in a remake of Roger Rabbit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, honestly i love honda i mean every car that honda has in the market is amazing even the Ridgeline. this new Pilot looks amazing. The current model is not that stylish and it sells like crazy. I mean we are the only people in my neighborhood that own a Nissan Armada, I mean I see more of the 2006+ Pilots than any Ford Explorer models. Basicly means I think its going to be a hit
      • 7 Years Ago
      First of all, it's a PROTOTYPE...and say what you will about this or the CRV, reliability goes a long way. Buyers want cars that are worth what they are paying...even if that means putting up with extra plastic in the interior...ever have your five year old smear chocolate cookie on the leather...plastic is easier to clean and less painful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that it will probably a great vehicle for its price point. I was too thrilled about the current model. But it does well for what is was built for with consumers. It's a large SUV, limited off road capibilities with great cargo space to move people and things. That's what most SUVs should built for anyway. The CR-V does the same thing and probably ideal for real world SUV drivers. I have the last generation MDX and would have no problem with purchasing a new CR-V. The MDX is a gas hog for sure.
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