Seoul, Korea - Honda Korea (www.hondakorea.co.kr, CEO Jung Woo-young) introduced for the first time its “All New PILOT”, newly born with an optimal safety performance at ‘Lavidus’, Seoul. All New Pilot is a fully re-designed model from the ground up. It has been developed for the highest safety performance and space usage, with a modern and sophisticated design, powerful performance and premium features. It is even more appealing due to its affordable price of $49,000 and is expected to open up a new era in the large gasoline SUV market.
▶Strong and Soft! New design of refined elegance
The design of the new Pilot is a fine harmony between direct and curved lines, forming a modern, refined, and dynamic design. Overall length is 80mm longer and height is 65mm shorter than the present model, while the aerodynamic design improved by 20% and forms a sleek and sensible design. The front and back, along with the side mirror turn signal is applied with LED, and the 20-inch alloy wheel completes the look of a premium SUV.
▶The safest, 8-seated large SUV, featuring the best safety level of TSP+ from IIHS
One of the strengths of Pilot is its outstanding safety performance. By increasing the amount of high-strength and advanced high-strength steel up to 55.9% and applying the new ‘3-bone lower frame’ and next-generation ‘ACE(Advanced Compatibility Engineering™) body’, Pilot has largely improved its crash safety and driving safety. Also, IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) proved Pilot’s high level of safety through the highest rating of TSP+ (Top Safety Pick+).
▶Honda’s latest SENSING technology works to prevent accidents
Honda has included the latest SENSING technology to offset potential accidents. Along with ACC (Active Cruise Control), Pilot also includes other advanced safety/convenience functions such as LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist System), CMBS (Collision Mitigation Brake System), RDM (Road Departure Mitigation), lane watch and multi-angle rear camera that provides the driver with more comfortable and safe driving.
▶The new and powerful powertrain, the embodiment of smart performance
The powertrain has also seen an improvement. The V6 3.5ℓ direct injection i-VTEC engine, developed with Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams Technology™’ raised the engine’s total output from the current 257 miles to 284 miles. Maximum torque has also been increased to 36.2kg·m, allowing for more powerful driving. The new 6–speed auto transmission provides a smooth and joyful sense of driving with a fuel efficiency of 8.9km/ℓ (urban 7.8km/ℓ, highway 10.7km/ℓ)
Our newly introduced ‘Intelligent Traction Management’ offers the best driving performance in snow, mud, and sandy roads with the ‘Agile Handling Assist’ that allows for stable cornering. Our i-VTM4 with a 46% increased response, and 20% increase in torque from our current 4-wheel drive allows for ideal performance even on rugged roads.
▶ Optimum comfort even back in the 3rd row! Best in it class for ensuring a relaxing ride and plenty of space for storage space
The space performance of the new Pilot is the best in its class. Honda’s packaging technology and an increased wheel base by 45mm provides space enough in the 3rd row heater seat for 3 adult passengers. The back seat is slightly higher than the front seats, allowing all passengers to have a wider view. Extra space allows the loading of the size of an 80ℓ large icebox without needing to fold down the 3rd row, and can provide a maximum 2,376ℓ of large space. Also, the inbuilt ‘2nd row 'work in switch’ can fold down the 2nd row with a simple push of the button, providing greater comfort to 3rd row passengers.
▶ Widespread application of domestic customers’ favorite options
We have also applied high-quality technology that is favored by domestic customers. The new infotainment system with Android OS has been patched in Korean, and will be applied to an 8-inch touchscreen display. The center console contains 4 USB ports that facilitate the use of smart accessories in the 2nd row along with the front row. Another application is the wireless remote starter. Moreover, the steering wheel and 1st and 2nd row seating are embedded with heaters, ensuring comfortable driving in cold seasons.
Colors comes in silver, black, and white, and with the affordable price of $43,000 (VAT included), the new Pilot will instill our customers with the ‘joy of buying’.
Honda Korea’s CEO Jung Woo-young remarked: “The All New PILOT offers safety performance, space efficiency, high fuel efficiency and reasonable pricing that go beyond other competitors. This is expected to become the new pioneering model for the domestic large SUV market”. He also adds that “We will do our best to diversify our marketing strategy so that more customers will experience firsthand or even indirectly our All New Pilot and stimulate the ‘joy of buying' Honda provides.”
For more information about All New Pilot, please visit you closest Honda Official Dealer Show Room.