The new generation of Pilot is coming for the 2023 model year. The new model is almost ready for its launch and from what we can see, it will bring a lot of interesting novelties and some important upgrades. Most importantly, it will be more rugged and will offer better off-road performance. Naturally, it will offer a nicer cabin and more features. On the other hand, the powertrain will remain largely the same, which is why many sources suggest an additional powertrain option, a hybrid version. That model could come already with the second production year, as the 2024 Honda Pilot Hybrid.
2024 Honda Pilot Hybrid
As we’ve just mentioned, the second production year of the new generation could bring a hybrid powertrain. At this point, we don’t have any details about the powertrain but we believe this could rather be a plug-in hybrid setup than a classic hybrid, like the one that can be found in the smaller CR-V. Most likely, we would see a system that’s based on a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which would come in pair with a capable electric motor, which should ensure a combined output that goes between 300 and 350 horsepower, according to our rough estimation.
On the other hand, base models will continue with a good-old 3.5-liter V6, which not features a max output of 285 horsepower, 5 more compared to the previous generation. Also, there is a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the previous 9-speed unit.
There is no doubt that the new hybrid powertrain will be highly beneficial in terms of fuel efficiency. At this point, it’s early to talk about numbers but we are pretty sure that mpg ratings will be notably better compared to the base model with the V6 engine. That V6 engine returns around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are typical ratings for a mid-size SUV.
2024 Honda Pilot Hybrid Trailsport
As you probably know, this redesign has brought notable improvements to the off-road-oriented Trailsport version. This version now features various upgrades, starting from a 1.0-inch suspension lift, as well as an upgraded AWD system, which now features a new Trail mode. Furthermore, there are upgrades like all-terrain tires, hill-descent control etc. Of course, this version also features some exclusive styling details, which accentuate the model’s off-road character.
Of course, the Trailsport currently comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive. On the other hand, many wonder if the new hybrid powertrain could find its place in this trim level. It’s hard to say at this point but there’s no doubt that such a version would require a couple of modifications.
2024 Honda Pilot Hybrid Design
Other than the new powertrain, the 2024 Honda Pilot Hybrid won’t feature bigger changes. We will see all the novelties that were introduced with the recent redesign, starting from a completely new look, which brings a bolder and more rugged appearance. Of course, the most prominent is the new front end, with new headlights, a massive grille and other features.
The rest of the vehicle also looks pretty rugged and off-road-ready, while we should also mention that the wheelbase has been stretched by 2.5 inches. At the same time, overhangs are shorter, which makes the new model look more attractive than before.
Notable mechanical changes have been made as well. The new model offers a more engaging ride and more direct handling but keeps comfort and smoothness a priority.
Once again, expect no bigger changes compared to the standard gasoline version. The cabin will offer the same design, which has so many amazing things to offer, starting from a completely redesigned dashboard, which looks more elegant and more upscale than before. The materials are also nicer, and the build quality is very good. Also, there are new tech features, such as a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, standard 9.0-inch and optional 10.2-inch infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, available 12-speaker audio system and more.
We don’t believe that the battery could compromise interior space too much. So, this version should also offer two spacious and comfortable rows of seats, as well as a pretty functional third row.
2024 Honda Pilot Hybrid Release Date and Price
The 2024 Honda Pilot Hybrid is still waiting for official confirmation, so we won’t estimate the price at this point. On the other hand, rumors suggest that this model could arrive already in the second half of 2023. Base models with gasoline engines will cost around 40.000 dollars.