With Honda preparing to introduce the fourth iteration of its popular Pilot three-row SUV for 2023, the company released a teaser photo of the 2023 Pilot Trailsport just hours ago. However, with the image of the more terrain-capable vehicle revealing little about the vehicle, we’ve brought along an independent rendering that builds on all the spyshots we’ve seen so far.
The Pilot is the largest SUV in Honda’s current range and the only one offering three rows of seats (the only other way to seat six or seven people is to go for the Odyssey minivan). And since the third-gen Pilot entered production in 2015 (2016 model year) and was refreshed for the 2019 model year, it’s clearly time for the fourth generation to land. And with the vehicle expected to land by the end of the year, a 2023 label seems likely.
The said teaser, which you’ll find below, shows a distant image of a 2023 Pilot. And whether you rely on your supervision, zoom in on maybe bring an old-school magnifier to put over the screen, the photo only showcases a heavy camouflaged next-gen Pilot.
The 2023 Honda Pilot Trailsport won’t be afraid to get off the beaten path
Nevertheless, the model shown in the rocky background is there for a reason. This is the new Trailsport version of the 2023 Pilot. Details are limited, but we can use the TailSport treatment the carmaker gave the Passport—the Pilot’s two-row little brother—for clues. The latter features wider tracks (+0.4 inches or 100 mm) as well as a ride height boosted to 8.2 inches (208 mm) and reinforced-sidewall tires in a bid to leave the asphalt behind.
Regardless, previous spy photos have showcased that the fourth-generation Honda Pilot will adopt a more dynamic look. However, with the camouflage on the prototypes still being heavy, this CGI work aims to give us the best look at the three-row SUV yet.
The YouTube artist rendered both the exterior and the interior of the Gen IV Pilot
The digital artist known as AutoYa didn’t stop at the exterior he pixel-painted in multiple colors. So, in the the video below, we also get to see his take on the cabin of the 2023 Pilot.
Using Honda’s more recent design language, the SUV adopts a sleeker digital instrument cluster, along with a more rugged dashboard design and a central infotainment screen that sits atop of the dash rather than being placed in its middle. There’s also a lever replacing the gearshift buttons of the current car, even though we wouldn’t hold our breath for such a change (if you’re more of a sedan person, the 2024 Accord will also arrive in the coming months).
Honda has been tight-lipped regarding the tech details of the newcomer. However, the new model could replace the current free-breathing 3.5L V6 making 280 hp with the detuned iteration of the 2022 Acura MDX Type S’ 3.0L turbo V6, which makes 355 hp on the luxury SUV. In addition, the current 9-speed automatic could be upgraded to a 10-speed unit, while a plug-in hybrid Pilot borrowing the Acord sedan’s two-motor hardware should also be in the works.
So far in 2022, Honda has introduced the 2023 HR-V and CR-V, while revealing that the upcoming electric SUV (have you seen the first Tesla-swapped NSX?) it will build with GM is set to use the Prologue name. And the expected arrival of the 2023 Pilot should round up the carmaker’s high-riding efforts for the year.