2008 DETROIT: 2008 Honda Pilot Prototype

January 10, 2008
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0801 01z+2008 Honda Pilot Prototype+front Three Quarter View
Here's a look at the next Pilot. Honda calls it a prototype for now, but the finished product we'll see in the spring should be similar. The prototype carries on with the conservative look of the current model but looks a bit more like a real SUV. It actually reminds us a lot of Nissan's X-Trail, a small SUV sold in Europe.
Power comes from a V-6 engine that can now run on either six, four, or three cylinders for increased fuel economy--the existing Pilot can only run on six or three cylinders. Inside, the Honda still seats eight people(two-three-three) but the automaker claims that the back row can fit "above-average-sized adult males, making the Pilot's third row among the most practical in the industry." The second and third row also fold flat.
0801 02z+2008 Honda Pilot Prototype+rear Three Quarter View
The first Pilot debuted in July of 2002. The new version, as with the previous, will be built in Alabama.

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