Newly updated with a distinctive new front grille and the flowing lines of a sport coupé, the 2019 Pilot immediately makes a bold 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. It is a joy to drive and with the eight-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. 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.

Honda Pilot 2019 interior

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. And when you come to load your shopping with both hands full, all you need to do is kick your foot under the rear bumper and voila – the door opens!

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. The steering is wonderfully light and the wheel self-centres smoothly.

Intelligent Traction Management brings a new level of confidence to off-road driving. You’ll be even more amazed to experience how well the Pilot handles in deep sand and rough terrain, helped by its generous ground clearance.

Safety systems are world-class and the whole Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance safety features is on every 2019 Pilot; the five-star safety ratings reflect Honda consistent efforts to make its cars as safe and reassuring as possible.


ENGINE  3.5 litre V6 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC + VCM, with direct fuel injection

MAX POWER 280 hp (209 kW) @ 6,000 rpm

MAX TORQUE 355 N–m (262 lb-ft) @ 4,700 rpm

TRANSMISSION Six-speed automatic gearbox with manual tiptronic

EXTERIOR Updated for 2019, the design is sleek, athletic and confident; longer than the previous model, it also looks more sophisticated; with bright-chromed 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 luxurious and flexible cabin; family-friendly design provides versatile spaciousness to occupants in all three rows of leather 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 – and wireless phone charging – bring the Pilot absolutely up to date in terms of technology features and controls, and gives the Pilot’s dashboard a clean, attractive look; due to popular feedback, there’s also a volume control knob. At the back, the power tailgate can now be operated hands free!

SAFETY The Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems covering Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist System has been added to the existing systems assisting driver control: 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; latest airbag and seatbelt systems and ACE body; rated five-star safety

Visit the Honda showroom on Khalifa Street, near the TV Intersection. Their staff will be happy to explain all, and arrange a test drive of the new Honda Pilot or any of their stylish new sedans and SUV. Call 800 8123 or visit their website through this link.  

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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