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2009 Honda Pilot Prototype


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Just debuted at the NAIAS:

 

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A prototype of the next-generation Honda Pilot is being unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

 

The prototype conveys design features of the more boldly-styled 2009 Pilot, set to debut in spring 2008, which emphasizes authentic SUV styling, clever and more accommodating interior packaging and advanced technologies for safety, fuel efficiency and convenience.

 

"The Pilot's pioneering formula improves for 2009 by enhancing its combination of refinement and efficiency with even more traditional SUV strengths," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. "A powerful exterior design communicates strength and allows for more space inside."

 

Functional eight-passenger seating, a hallmark of the Pilot, becomes even easier to access in the third row as key dimensions for legroom, cargo and occupant space increase in all seating positions. A redesigned platform allows even more refined handling and ride comfort to exist seamlessly with all-weather and medium-duty off-road capabilities.

 

To further enhance safety, the Pilot will feature the Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE®) body structure and the most extensive use of high-strength steel in any Honda product to date.

 

The ACE body structure enhances frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of different sizes and bumper heights. A pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle is designed to help absorb energy in the event of a collision.

 

A crossover SUV platform underpins the Pilot to provide the best of the car and truck worlds by integrating the refined traits and packaging advantages of a unit body car design with the utility and capability of an SUV design. A V-6 engine introduces the latest generation of Honda fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology that operates in 6-cylinder mode for power and 4- and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency, an improvement compared to the existing Pilot's available VCM system that works exclusively in 6- and 3-cylinder modes.

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couldn't they have pushed the boat out a little more? the interior is clean and looks functional, but lacks any spark. and on the exterior, if it wasn't for the slightly funky headlight clusters, it would be utter sh*t. looks like a 1000 other 4x4's on the road. there is no flair about the design, its clean, its square, and looks very, very boring to me. Did they sack their designers for this car? and just draw a box? I mean what happened to designers creating funky interesting designs like what Honda did with the Civic? Or what BMW have currently done with the X6 (which i think is stunning).

BORING!

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well, first off it's not a 4x4. second, it is boring for sure, but the market segment it markets to doesn't call for exciting. it is the mid-30's and 40's with kids and do not want to drive a station wagon or mini-van market. they need function and safety. if they wanted exciting they wouldn't be buying an suv.

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