Considering that this is one of the most competitive segments of the automotive industry today and that we are talking about one of the class leaders, it’s no wonder that the Japanese manufacturer is working on novelties, despite the very recent facelift. Latest reports suggest that the next year will finally bring a hybrid version of this excellent crossover. We saw a bunch of new visual details recently, on the 2019 year model, but electrification is still a segment in which Pilot lacks compared to its main competitor, the Highlander. Therefore, we count on this powertrain for the next year. Despite we haven’t heard anything from the officials yet, it seems like an almost certain thing, considering all the claims from reliable insiders. The new version should hit the market sometime in the second half of next year.
2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid Powertrain
Let’s start with the most important aspect of the new crossover, the powertrain. According to the latest reports, the new 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid is pretty much a certain thing, though we still don’t know the exact details about the powertrain. At first, many reports suggest a hybrid system that powers the new Accord. However, this system is based on a small four-cylinder engine and definitely can’t deliver enough power for such large crossover. Despite spectacular fuel economy, its max output goes only around 212 horsepower.
Obviously, the new Pilot would have to borrow the powertrain from its luxurious sibling, the Acura MDX. This crossover features a hybrid system that is based on a large 3.5-liter V6 engine and comes in a combination with three electric motors. Such design provides plenty of power while keeping fuel economy on a quite good level. We can count on a max power of 321 horsepower, which is for about 15 horses more compared to biggest rival, Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Fuel economy will be at a high level too. We expect something around 27 mpg in a combined drive, which is slightly lower compared to the Highlander.
2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid Redesign
Other than the powertrain, the 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid probably won’t feature too many changes compared to the base gasoline model. This means that we can count on a familiar design that guarantees a smooth ride and plenty of comforts. Visuall, we don’t expect bigger differences. The recent facelift has brought plenty of novelties. Of course, the focus was on the front end. It came with new headlights, new bumper, front fascia and much more. On the back, there is a new pair of taillights. All in all, a fine amount of changes. Therefore, the new 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid should continue in the same way. Most likely, with minor tweaks in terms of new color options and wheels designs.
2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid Interior
We are pretty sure that the 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid won’t feature the most stylish cabin in the class, but you can bet on spectacular practicality. The current gasoline model offers superior cargo room, along with the spacious and passenger-friendly cabin. The dashboard doesn’t look pretty attractive, but definitely delivers everything you’ll ever need, especially when it comes to tech features. Still, the strongest point is definitely a plenty of legroom in all three rows. Even the third row can accommodate adult passengers, which is a rare thing among mid-size crossovers. Due to a battery pack, the new 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid will probably feature slightly less than 16 cubic feet behind the third row and 84 cubic feet of overall cargo capacity.
2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid Standard Features
Most likely, the new 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid will come with much more standard equipment that bases gasoline models. This especially refers to tech features. So, you can count on things like an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, satellite radio and similar things already in base versions. A list of safety features should be pretty impressive as well. Some of the highlights will be systems like adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation etc. Some reports suggest that even things like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert will be a part of standard equipment.
Although we are still waiting to hear something from the official in this matter, the trim level organization will probably be the same as in the Accord Hybrid. This means several versions in the offer and familiar designation that includes models like EX, EX-L, Touring etc.
2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid Release Date and Price
We are still waiting for more precise details about the 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid release date. At the moment, we can presume that the new model will probably come in the third quarter of the next year. Base models will probably go around 34/35.000 dollars.