Honda is going for a more grown-up design across the board. It started with the 2022 Civic and immediately trickled down to crossovers. After the compact HR-V, we got an all-new CR-V, and soon the 2023 Honda Pilot will have the same grown-up design.
How do we know? Well, a couple of days ago, the company released a teaser photo of the 2023 Pilot in its new TrailSport trim. This not only confirms an imminent debut but also tells us a few things about the look of this 3-row family vehicle.
The TrailSport follows the industry standard of having a rugged off-road package available, even though said crossover is mainly going to occupy an urban environment. The Pilot TrailSport has already been offered on the old model for 2021. Other “Off-Road Lite” packages include the Ford Explorer Timberline, Toyota RAV4 TRD, a bunch of Jeeps, Subaru Forester Wilderness, and GMC Terrain AT4.
If you want to know what to expect from the 2023 Honda Pilot, just check out these latest renderings from the website Kolesa, which portray the next-gen crossover from both the front and back. Our source has been constant with its rendering predictions in the past, and they also have a realistic style that tricks you into thinking these are real cars.
As we’ve said, this is the Civic design language in a rugged, large package. The simple hexagonal grille has a 3D mesh pattern in gloss black and is flanked by very simple headlights. The rear keeps a little bit of that Honda sportiness by having a large trunk spoiler. Meanwhile, the taillights look a lot like those of the HR-V, an organic wrap-around design.
The shapes aren’t intentionally modern like Kia models. So the Pilot doesn’t stand out as much. The upside is that it’s not going to look completely outdated in 10 years.
2023 Honda Pilot engines
As Honda tries to sell some of the most efficient cars around, it’s likely that the 2023 Pilot will drop its traditional V6 engine which currently offers 280 hp. In its place, the Pilot should adopt a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 from the TLX. This would increase the horsepower and torque output while better competing with Ford’s EcoBoost powertrains.
We expect to see the all-new model in the fall of 2022 with sales starting at the beginning of 2023. While the turbo V6 works for a high-end Pilot Touring or Elite costing around $50,000, we suspect basic models might need to offer the 2.0 VTEC Turbo since they cost from $40,000. It’s still a great engine, with decent pulling power, though.
Honda has recently stated it’s going all-in on hybrids, so a Pilot Hybrid is guaranteed. We expect this to be a 2-motor system with an output of around 200-230 horsepower.
The new Pilot will also offer higher levels of safety thanks to big improvements in the body structure, next-gen airbags, and updated detection systems. Honda Sensing will come standard, bundling things like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.