Completely restyled with a distinctive new front grille and the flowing lines of a sport coupé, the all-new Pilot immediately makes a bold, positive impression. With a redesigned aerodynamic roofline and chrome accents, it steers towards style and turns more than just heads. The rounded new silhouette is very appealing; there’s an elegance to the profile, the low front end and horizontally themed grille playing handsomely off each other.
Inside, the word is quality – top quality. The new Pilot is a joy to drive and with the 8-inch display audio touchscreen you can touch, pinch and swipe your way through radio, music, podcasts and more. The Pilot is also known for comfort and versatility. Three rows of sumptuous seats have space for up to eight passengers. The front seats are ideally shaped, and with step-in height about an inch lower than before, the Pilot is an even better bet for smaller or older drivers. The middle row is adult-friendly and in the top-of-the-range Touring there are two handsome captain’s chairs and a pass-through. The smart Entry Keyless Access is great too, allowing you to start the engine from a distance and regulate the cabin temperature even before you get in.
Cargo space is abundant with multiple cubby holes and cupholder, and a flat centre console big enough for an iPad, a handbag or that meal you grab on the way home! The third row folds down very easily and quickly for a flat cargo floor. There’s a reversible cargo panel for dirty stuff like sports and beach paraphernalia, and behind the third row you can even fit a large cooler.
Performance with the Pilot’s updated V6 is strong. With 280 horsepower, it’s an energetic performer with a great engine note. With its large alloy wheels everyone enjoys a plush and relaxed ride and it feels mature and luxurious at the wheel. Especially reassuring on our crowded roads is the automatic rearview camera which shows the traffic behind you when you signal to change lanes. Intelligent Traction Management also brings a new level of confidence to off-road driving. You’ll be amazed how well the Pilot handles in deep sand and rough terrain, helped by its generous ground clearance.
Safety systems are world-class and the five-star safety ratings reflect Honda consistent efforts to make its cars as safe and reassuring as possible.
TRANSMISSION Six-speed automatic gearbox with manual tiptronic
MAX TORQUE 355 N–m (262 lb-ft) @ 4,700 rpm
ACCELERATION 0–100 kph in 7.1 secs
MAX SPEED 233 kph
EXTERIOR Modern, sleek, athletic and confident design; longer than the previous model, it also looks more sophisticated; with bright-chromed three-bar grille, projector LED headlights and signature LED daytime running lights you will be noticed long before you arrive; strong character line arching up and rearward on both sides adds dynamism; wide rear fender, large tailgate and new LED taillights add to the Pilot’s aerodynamic look; 20-inch alloys.
INTERIOR Incredibly roomy and flexible cabin; family-friendly design provides versatile spaciousness to occupants in all three rows of seats; extra leg- and headroom making it friendlier for passengers of all sizes; more spaces, bins and cupholders for your personal items. Up front, a new 8-inch touchscreen interface brings the Pilot absolutely up to date in terms of technology features and phone connectivity, and gives the Pilot’s dashboard a clean, attractive look.
SAFETY/SECURITY Many systems assisting driver control include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control; Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering; AntiLock Brake system with Electric Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; multi-angle rearview camera and very useful lanewatch camera; latest airbag and seatbelt systems plus Honda reinforced ACE body five-star safety.
Domasco will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new Honda Pilot or any of its stylish range of cars and SUVs for Marhaba viewers and readers. Call 4424 6800 or visit Honda website.
The Honda showroom is on Khalifa Street, Lejbailat, Zone 64 near the iconic Imam Muhammed Abdul Wahab mosque.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 66 Autumn 2016 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 66 Autumn 2016 – only QAR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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