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2016 Honda Pilot Elite AWD

Honda might expand the Pilot crossover lineup by, well, shrinking it. According to a report from WardsAuto, a new, smaller version of the Pilot is in the works to fill the gap between it and the smaller CR-V. The new junior Pilot apparently will have a shorter wheelbase and only two rows of seats as opposed to the current model,  which comes standard with three rows. Adding a smaller version could drop the Pilot’s starting price below $30,000 and give Honda a more direct competitor against two-row crossovers such as the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano.

This new model could end up sharing the Pilot name in the same way that Hyundai offers the three-row Santa Fe and the two-row Santa Fe Sport. A wheelbase somewhere in between the CR-V’s 104.7-inch stretch and the Pilot’s 111.0-inch figure would likely end up close to the Santa Fe Sport’s 106.3-inch wheelbase.

Honda has otherwise hinted at an expansion of its crossover lineup recently: Last month, the company announced an $85 million expansion of the Lincoln, Alabama,  plant that builds the Pilot. The investment is for greater production and, as Honda said in a statement, “future models.” With construction scheduled to finish sometime next year, it may not be too long until this new junior Pilot hits showrooms.


Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/second-officer-honda-pilot-might-spawn-cheaper-two-row-variant/

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