Honda announces the launch of all new Pilot

Honda Motor Co. Africa and the Middle East office announced the launch of the all new pilot at a press conference at Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City, recently. Available across all Honda showrooms in the GCC, Lebanon and Jordan, the third generation Honda Pilot brings a new standard of comfort and quality to SUV driving. With its comfortable seating up to eight passengers, Honda Pilot has helped set industry standards in fuel efficiency, spacious and luxurious interiors and now also boasts highly improved off-roading performance with Intelligent Traction Management.

Exterior
The Pilot has been completely restyled with a bold, new front grill and the flowing, elegant lines of a sport coupe. The new premium features include halogen projector headlights (EX and EXL grades), LED projector headlights (Touring grade), and first ever panoramic glass roof (Touring grade), which embodies the vision of blue skies for our future generations. The all new Pilot has a wide, low stance contributing to improved aerodynamic performance, while large diameter 18 or 20 inch alloy wheels add a sophisticated look. Some of the other features which come standard in all grades include front fog lights, LED tail lights and LED daytime running lights along with a tailgate spoiler, power door mirrors and LED turn light Indicators.

Interior
The interior styling of the Pilot reflects luxury and convenience with a refined new cockpit design, sumptuous beige and black leather seats designed to coordinate with exterior colors and upscale cabin amenities. Honda's  8 inch touchscreen Display Audio (standard in all grades), gives you instant access to audio system controls and other display features. Cruise control is  also included for fatigue-free long-distance driving. For the first time the Touring grade includes second row captain's chairs, which aim at enhancing comfort and providing easy walk-through between the second and third row for a 7 passenger configuration. Another notable feature in the EX-L and Touring grade is the one-touch second row seats which enable passengers to easily access the third row seating.

Other amenities include tri-zone automatic climate control, rear air conditioning ducts in the second and third row seats, rear door sunshades which protect passengers from the harsh sun in this region, sunglass holder and conversation mirror, cargo area hidden storage for extra luggage, active noise control (ANC) for a quieter cabin, and a rear entertainment system with a 9 inch display screen (available in the Touring grade).

Power Train
The Pilot boasts of a 3.5 liter Direct Injected V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). It starts up at the press of a button, and with a maximum output of 280 hp at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 355 Nm at 4700 rpm. The Pilot boasts of an engine that combines outstanding fuel efficiency with quick, responsive acceleration and ultra-smooth power delivery. The fuel efficiency for the Pilot in GCC is 11.4 km/L for the 2WD and 10.8 km/L for the AWD.

The Pilot's newest feature includes INTELLIGENT TRACTION MANAGEMENT, now featured on all models except the EX 2WD, with push button mode selection and TFT mode display on the cockpit instrument panel. In addition, EX (AWD) and EXL grades offer a full 200 mm of ground clearance which enables the vehicle to adapt to any terrain. The most noteworthy feature is the sand mode which enables the Pilot to be driven in the sand.

Body and safety
The new Pilot is available with the most comprehensive set of advanced safety and driver assist technologies. EXL and Touring grades of the new Pilot feature 'Remote Engine Start' that lets you start the engine from a distance, enabling the automatic climate control system to regulate cabin temperature to ensure maximum comfort before you enter the vehicle. Electric power steering, push button start system, cruise control on the steering wheel, and a multi-angle rear-view camera are some of the technologies that the all new Pilot is equipped with to add to the driving comfort.

In addition, Honda Pilot utilizes Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE™) body structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility. It also boasts of Honda's active safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control Systems (TCS), Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake Distributor (EBD), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Agile Handle Assist (AHA) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The inclusion of these safety technologies benchmarked the new Pilot to receive a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States of America, making it one of the safest cars in its segment.

Grade and color availability:
The all new Honda Pilot now comes in four grades for this region with the introduction of the new base grade EX in 2WD and others, namely EX, EX-L and Touring which are in AWD. 

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