• Sep 29, 2008
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Thanks to Autoblog reader Brad, we now have proof Honda's new corporate grille that first debuted on the 2009 Pilot will be making its way to the 2009/10 Element, as well. This brochure scan reveals the Element's new face, which is clearly more mature and grown up than the previous year's model. There are larger, more complex headlamps that flank the new chunky grille, and thick, body colored molding no longer dominates the more aerodynamic front end. We're also told the next Element will offer new options like a cooling fridge, nav system and two new shades of dark and light blue. The vehicle appears to retain the same 2.4L i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and available four-wheel-drive, though Honda might not offer those funky matte black body panels anymore.

[Source: Brad]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a mini LR Dircovery!!! I like it!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Diesel, please? Thankyouverymuch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it!!
      jj
      • 6 Years Ago
      For me, this makes the 2nd honda that adopted a great grille for the 2009 model year. You may hate me, but the first is the 2009 Ridgeline. Something about this just looks good.

      Though, I absolutely hate the Pilot, Civic, and Fit.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is soooooooooooo old... when is the all new model coming out? This one has been around for forever!!! I want the step bus concept!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda's rebellion against style continues, one model at a time. Even so.. considering the pilot, this coulda been a lot worse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "though Honda might not offer those funky matte black body panels anymore."

      Hallelujah.
      Jeff
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh, thought they were doing a complete redesign. Looks like just some remolding of plastic panels. Soooo disappointed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Surprise-surprise. The ugliest vehicle in Honda's line up becomes the best looking one, partially because its design improved, partially because everything else looks horrific now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The unpainted body panels on the original polarized opinions, but it made it so much more distinctive. Here in So Cal Elements are everywhere, so obviously not an issue here. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I can understand why so many people didn't like them but you can't argue with their low maintenance and low cost to replace. A replacement unpainted ABS fender cost $45-55 and you could simply unbolt the old and bolt the new if you scuffed or dented one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the new front but the rest is still a bit off for me. Kill this and bring the Crossroad..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, some things really *don't* get better looking over time...
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