Honda is definitely preparing a mid-cycle refresh for its popular Pilot. The camouflaged SUV has been spotted earlier this year, so we know that the refreshed version will arrive soon, most likely before the end of the year. We also hinted that the Japanese automaker may add a hybrid or even a plug-in hybrid powertrain under the hood when the updated vehicle arrives. According to Motor1, this is definitely happening. Moreover, they have managed to catch a prototype for which they claim to be the 2019 Honda Pilot PHEV.
We are not so sure which detail gives away the PHEV technology there, but we do believe that a plug-in hybrid drivetrain will be one of the available options beneath the hood. Perhaps the camouflaged spot on the front left fender is actually the charging point of the PHEV? In any case, as we’ve announced earlier this year, the 2019 Pilot PHEV will probably host pretty much the same system as the Accord Hybrid. The setup combines an efficient 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor for a total output of 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. All the power will be sent to the front wheels without a transmission. Just like the popular mid-size sedan, the SUV will also have three drive modes: Hybrid Drive, Engine Drive, and EV Drive.
New Spy Shots:2019 Honda Pilot PHEV
The regular 2019 Honda Pilot will continue to use the familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine. The amazing mill will be coupled with Variable Cylinder Management and will pump out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, though the more expensive models like the Touring and Elite will be paired with a smoother 9-speed auto gearbox. Of course, AWD will be available across the range.
Both the regular SUV and the 2019 Honda Pilot PHEV will be introduced late this year, most likely at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The sale, however, will not begin before early 2019.