2022 Honda Pilot range likely to see inclusion of Hybrid tech

Engineers have started road-testing the next generation 2022 Honda Pilot, spy pictures published on carscoops.com have revealed. Unlike the current model, it is likely to come in a hybrid variant as well. The first-ever Honda Pilot Hybrid would make the midsize SUV appealing to the fuel economy- and environment-conscious customers.

The 2022 Honda Pilot will be the fourth generation of the Honda midsize SUV made exclusively in North America. Compared to the current Pilot, it appears to have a bolder and more striking design. The redesigned model should feature an upright front-end with the nose set straight up along with a hood that is flatter and higher. The rear-end would have a contrasting styling with a steeply raked windscreen like the much smaller Toyota Venza, lending it a very modern appearance.

As for the dimensional changes, the fourth-gen Acura MDX provide clues, as the new Pilot would be its technical cousin or the mainstream derivate. Compared to its predecessor, the 2022 Acura MDX is 2.2 inches longer, exactly an inch wider, and 0.6 inches taller, and has a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase.

2022 Acura MDX side profile
The 2022 Honda Pilot will likely mimic the new premium “cab rearward” proportion of the 2022 Acura MDX (pictured) with an extended dash-to-axle ratio. Image Source: Acura

In addition to an upscale exterior, the 2022 Honda Pilot should feature a very premium an spacious interior. Look forward to improved headroom, legroom, and seating height for third-row passengers. New features like a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto would make the midsize SUV more attractive for tech-savvy customers.

Electrification on the 2022 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot has traditionally come with a gasoline engine, but there’s no evading electrification in 2021. The midsize SUV is likely to come with a hybrid powertrain as an option in the next generation. Moreover, instead of a basic self-charging hybrid system, reports say that a more advanced plug-in hybrid system could be a part of the powertrain mix.

There’s no word on the 2022 Honda Pilot’s release date and pricing yet, but we will keep updating this story as new information surfaces.

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