A few minor changes on the model for 2021 are not going to position the mid-size SUV much better on the market. But, the changes in the 2022 Honda Pilot will bring more, so all the fans can skip the upcoming model and wait for the following year and a big redesign. The 2022 Pilot will come with a new styling and the plug-in hybrid model is about to debut, finally. We cannot ask too much more from the Japanese company, but designers will definitely surprise buyers and fans with some details.
Pilot is a flagship model and the largest SUV in the lineup. As far as we know, Honda doesn’t plan to bring the full-size model. That would make the Japanese carmaker develop the body-on-frame platform. The 2022 Honda Pilot will ride on the unibody architecture. Nevertheless, the vehicle is able to tow a lot. Recently, the manufacturer brought another mid-size SUV. Passport is not offering the third-row seating, but it is very similar to Pilot. The upcoming seven-seater will be larger and with new styling, so we won’t mix them up anymore.
2022 Honda Pilot Redesign
A lot of changes are on the way for the 2022 Honda Pilot. The first thing we will notice is a new look. Designers have a lot of work, but also plenty of time to update the styling which dates back from 2015. Five years ago, Pilot made a stunning appearance and immediately become one of the best-selling models in the class. Nevertheless, many things have changed in the mid-size SUV segment. Other companies are also very active, and new models throw the Pilot into shadow. Still, sales were still respectable and the upcoming redesign could bring back the SUV to the top of charts. At least fans and enthusiasts expect this.
With a long way to go before the first test mules hit the road, we can only guess what kind of changes the 2022 Honda Pilot will bring. A facelift is certain since the nose of the SUV is becoming boring. Also, the side could get a more aggressive look with a sloped roof, something like coupe-SUVs are using. Still, designers will take care not to harm the cargo room and rear visibility. The major difference between Pilot and Passport is at the back. Still, the new model will definitely come with updated taillights and exhaust tips in the first place.
Interior, Safety, Trim Levels, Colors
Like the exterior, the interior of the 2022 Honda Pilot will suffer a complete overhaul. The SUV should be longer than now (194.5 inches). Extra space will be used for the storage room. The maximum volume is 84 cubic feet with second and third rows folded down. Even with all seats up, the SUV can offer up to 16.5 cu.ft. Sliding second row will provide more space for passengers or items.
The new SUV is going to enhance infotainment and safety systems. Pilot is already one of the models people trust the most. Nevertheless, the safety evolves every year, and Honda needs updates. Honda Sensing system will come with more features. Top of the range models are using adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and the future could bring the autonomous drive.
One of the changes for the 2021 season is the addition of the Special Edition package. However, this one will be available only for a single year. After the redesign, we will see standard packages – LX, EX, Touring, and Elite. The hybrid model will also use upper trims, probably starting with EX or EX-L. The color palette is also going to be new. Pearl and metallic paints will be available, more than eight choices for sure.
2022 Honda Pilot Hybrid
The biggest story about the SUV in the past couple of seasons is the hybrid engine. According to some experts, spy photos are showing test mules with plug-in opening over the front wheel. Nevertheless, we cannot prove this was the Honda SUV and the company never confirmed it. Well, bosses should think about it. Toyota Highlander returns 35 mpg. As the things stand right now, it will storm through the mi-size segment next season. Ford already responded with Explorer Hybrid, and Nissan is bringing back Pathfinder with electric support. Honda will have to go the same way if it wants to stay competitive in the mid-size market.
A 3.5-liter V6 remains under the hood as the base configuration. It is one of the best units in the segment and the main reason why Pilot is still popular. With 280 hp and 262 lb-ft, it could be even a good starter for the hybrid configuration. The 2022 Honda Pilot is going to return a better gas mileage, since designers will use more lightweight materials for body panels, dropping the overall weight.
In a few months, we will know more about the 2022 Honda Pilot redesign. Meanwhile, check out which are the best new mid-size SUVs for the 2022 season.