Even if it does not look so, The medium-sized truck segment with three rows of seats and priced in excess of one million pesos in Mexico has a long list of options.and, in particular, for 2023 many of the models are presented with a new line.
One of the completely renovated seven-passenger SUVs that has been on sale on the Mexican market for 20 years It is the Honda Pilot, which reaches its fourth generation with major improvements in exterior and interior design, as well as in the level of equipment focused on comfort and safety.
What changes are there abroad?
Although it maintains the same boxy style as always, the bodywork appears more aggressive and robust than its predecessor, This is because all elements have been completely redesigned: headlights, grille, wheels, fenders, bonnet, side windows and rear lights.
It is interesting to note that in this line the body changes is larger; for example, the overall length has grown by five centimeters and the wheelbase has done the same by seven centimeters. Instead, the ride height has been reduced by 2.5 centimeters while maintaining nearly the same ground clearance.
In its Black Edition version, it has a black grille, exhaust and roof rails, as well as dark-colored 20-inch wheels. While in the Touring version it offers a more elegant style, with different external finishes, double chrome exhausts and 20-inch 7-spoke wheels.
What’s new inside?
Inside, the changes to the 2023 Pilot involve the entire cabin, in particular the dashboard, center console, door panels and seats. Now, the design is cleaner and with better materials, this to obtain a more sophisticated environment and greater visibility.
For his part, with the increase in length and wheelbase, the passenger compartment is more spacious, especially in the second row of seatsso much so that it is positioned as the model with the largest space in its segment.
In size, second-row legroom has increased by 6.5 centimeters and offers up to 10 degrees of recline for increased comfort. In addition, the third row gains 2.7 centimeters of legroom. In total, it offers capacity for up to eight occupants.
As standard, the 2023 Honda Pilot includes a digital instrument cluster, a nine-inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 12-speaker Bose audio system, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats in the first two rows and leather-trimmed upholstery on both versions; while in the Black Edition version it has red stitching and edges, electrically adjustable front seats.
In addition, the second row features a unique removable multifunctional center seat that can be stowed under the boot floor. With the increase in length and wheelbase, the 2023 Honda Pilot has an increased amount of cargo space, with up to 3,218 liters behind the first row and up to 634 liters behind the third row.
What engine does it have?
The 3.5-liter V6 engine remains, now producing 5 more horsepower, for a total of 285 horsepower and 262 foot-pounds of torque. This time around, the engine will be more efficient, as it now features a 10-speed automatic gearbox instead of the previously existing nine-speed gearbox.
Another novelty is the selector of four driving modes: Normal, Tow, Snow and Sport, the braking system which has been improved with larger front discs and larger calipers and the hill descent control system.
Is it safer?
This fourth generation Honda Pilot is also safer. Eight airbags (front, side, curtain and front passenger knee) are standard, including new generation front airbags, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, Low Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist.
To the above we must add the automatic high beam system, the front collision braking warning system, blind spot monitoring and rear collision avoidance system.
What are the prices and versions?
Made in the United States, the 2023 Honda Pilot arrives in Mexico, with the following prices and versions: Pilot Touring – $1,159,900 pesos and Pilot Black Edition – $1,189,900 pesos