Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) Officially launches the All-New Pilot. Designed and developed in America by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the All-New Pilot showcases generous space, powerful and dynamic performance, more advanced technology, and more premium attributes and amenities. It has earned several awards since it was first displayed at the 2015 Chicago International Auto Show in North America.
Honda’s redesigned premium SUV sports a sleeker design accentuated by distinctive character lines and an aggressive new face. The LED Projector Type Headlight with Signature LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and LED Tail Lights, as well as new 18-inch alloy wheels complete the All-New Pilot’s modern and commanding look.
The contemporary concept extends to the advanced technology of the Smart Entry System, which utilizes a Smart Key with multiple functionalities such as Remote Control Engine Start and Power Tailgate Operation.
On the inside, abundant use of high-quality soft-touch material, posh black leather, and available ambient lighting can be found all throughout the cabin. For audio and entertainment, Honda’s latest thinking for advanced technology is incorporated in its 8-inch Touchscreen Display Audio interface powered by a new Android based operating system and more powerful processor. Advanced features, such as Bluetooth, HDMI, USB Connectivity and 7 Speakers also fully extend to the front-line quality of the cockpit’s numerous functions.
For the rear passengers, there is a 9-inch Entertainment System with DVD and HDMI capability available for in-transit entertainment needs. For seating, a 10-way Power Seat with memory for the driver and a 4-way Power Seat for the passenger are available. All these features make riding the All-New Pilot’s commodious cabin a true contemporary experience. The All-New Pilot retains its exclusive 8-passenger seating capacity with a 60:40 split second row seat that allows for maximum passenger comfort.
Designed with versatile utility in mind, the All-New Pilot carries an additional 3 inches overall length to provide more cargo flexibility for different hauling needs without compromising the third-row seating capability. A Flexible Cargo Management System features a two-position cargo lid that permits item storage in a lower compartment, adjustable to provide higher cargo space.
Along with this, the All-New Pilot also highlights key innovations, such as Triple-Zone Automatic air-conditioning with Independent Rear Controls, Rear Door Sunshades, and One Touch 2nd Row Walk-in seat feature. With just one touch of the All-New Pilot’s One Touch Walk-in feature, the second row seat slides and tilts for easier third row passenger entry and exit.
Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology 3.5-liter Direct Injection i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) and a 6-speed Automatic Transmission are featured in the All-New Pilot. This delivers maximum power output of 284 ps. The All-New Pilot also features new Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4), an All Wheel Drive system with torque-vectoring function that can apportion torque across the rear axle to aid cornering. This helps deliver more dynamic handling that provides confident, efficient, and dynamic all-weather performance. This is paired with the New Intelligent Traction Management, a system that offers four different All Wheel Drive modes (normal, snow, mud, and sand).
The All-New Pilot has premiere safety features that are at the fore-front of its class. Awarded the 2016 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+  , the All-New Pilot boasts of the Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, and Honda SENSING. The All-New Pilot is the second Honda vehicle in the Philippines to exhibit this system following the Legend.
The Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure not only absorbs and disperses the energy of a frontal collision, but also protects the occupants with the efficient ultra-high strength door ring design both from frontal and side impacts.
 For earning good ratings in five crashworthiness tests (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints)
On the other hand, the Honda SENSING is a comprehensive set of driver assistive technology, which effectively prevents and responds to dangerous driving situations by expanding the driver’s situational awareness. These functions use a monocular camera and radar behind the front grille. The suite of technologies include the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) , Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Other standard safety features include four-channel Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Monitor, Driver and Front Passenger Airbags, Driver and Passenger Side Airbag, and complete Side Curtain Airbag. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with real-time display of individual tire pressures has been added in the All-New Pilot.
Engineered to deliver true premium luxury with the commanding and influential presence one can only get from a luxury SUV, the All-New Pilot will be available at all Honda dealerships with a suggested retail price of Php 3,380,000.00.
The All-New Pilot is readily available in three colors:
White Diamond Pearl (additional Php 20,000)
Crystal Black Pearl
Modern Steel Metallic
Dark Cherry Pearl (on a per order basis)
HCPI invites everyone to catch the All-New Honda Pilot on display along with other Honda vehicles in Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Level 1 from February 24 to 28, 2016, and avail of exclusive offers.
For more information about the All-New Pilot and more exciting Honda news to come, visit www.hondaphil.com.
Photos by Kenneth del Rosario, Neil Pagulayan and HCPI