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All-New 2016 Honda Pilot SUV Unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

Snapshot: The SUV would be launching at Honda dealerships nationwide this summer.

The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV has finally made its global debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The SUV would be launching at Honda dealerships nationwide this summer. It is the third generation of Honda's three-row midsize SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured solely in America. The new Pilot is almost 300 pounds (Around 136 kgs.) lighter than the outgoing model and boasts a new all-wheel-drive system.

The Honda Pilot SUV flaunts brighter and more efficient LED projector headlights with auto high beam technology, available signature LED daytime running lights and taillights, plus available 20-inch wheels and a first-ever panoramic roof option. As for safety, it features Honda's popular LaneWatch display, Blind Spot Indicators, a standard Multi-Angle Rear View Camera, and available Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Honda-first Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system. Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist.

Inside the cabin, the company designers have incorporated LED map lighting, alongside heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. And, for the first time, upper-trim Pilot models will have available two second-row captain's chairs, providing for easy walk through between the second and third rows, in addition to the standard second-row three-person 60:40 split seat for 8-passenger seating capacity. As for connectivity, it comes with five USB ports, four that provide better recharging with 2.5-amp output, to charge iPads or smartphones while in use. Additional ports and plugs include an auxiliary jack for nearly any audio player, an HDMI port for a gaming console, two headphone jacks, two 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt outlet to power just about anything.

2016 Honda Pilot adorns a 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface powered by a new Android-based operating system and more powerful processor, along with an available all-new embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. The new navigation system features improved graphics and new capabilities, including 3D renderings of terrain, buildings and road signs, improved lane guidance, live search function, 911 emergency services and more. The Pilot's Display Audio system enables simplified smartphone connectivity making for easier access to all the features and connectivity options of the HondaLink connected-car system. A 9-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and new Blu-Ray disc capability is available.

Honda Pilot is powered by the 3.5L, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 petrol engine, which is more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient than ever. For improved fuel efficiency, the Pilot uses available Idle Stop technology that shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, instantly and smoothly restarting the engine when the driver lifts their foot off the brake pedal. The new engine is mated to one of two advanced new transmissions – a Pilot-first 6-speed automatic transmission, or on upper trims, a Honda-first 9-speed automatic transmission. The new Pilot will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations. It is an entirely safe vehicle as it is blessed with dual-stage multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVent side airbags and side-curtain airbags.

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