2019 Honda Pilot PHEV Spied For First Time


Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.

In March this year, we saw a prototype of the refreshed Honda Pilot out testing for the very first time. Now, almost four months later, we have a batch of fresh spy photos, depicting the plug-in hybrid version of the vehicle.

Today’s Pilot rides on a clever platform, which means no major constructional improvements will be made with the facelift. Instead, the Japanese automaker will update the design of the vehicle and will give it a more prominent grille and redesigned headlights.

But far more important changes should happen under the hood, where the Pilot will gain a hybrid powertrain shared with the Odyssey. The system comes from the latest Accord Hybrid and includes an efficient 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 212 horsepower (158 kilowatts) and 232 pound-feet (314 Newton-meters) of torque. Power is sent directly to the front wheels without a transmission.

In the Accord, the hybrid powertrain can be operated in three driving modes – Hybrid Drive, Engine Drive, and EV Drive. These new photos reveal Honda is actually cooking up a plug-in version of the hybrid system for the Pilot, judging by the charging point on the front left fender.

Of course, the updated Pilot will also be offered with a traditional 3.5-liter V6 naturally aspirated gas engine with Variable Cylinder Management technology and 280 hp (208 kW) and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque. As standard, the motor is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, but more expensive Touring and Elite models use a nine-speed gearbox instead. An AWD system is available across the range.

The refreshed Pilot will arrive at dealers sometime next year after an expected debut before the end of 2018. It could be joined by a smaller SUV, possibly reviving the Passport name, but nothing is confirmed yet.

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Is this one with GM VOLTEC technology?

No, as stated above, it’s the Honda Two Motor technology from the Accord Hybrid, Insight, and Clarity PHEV.

Although they came to some licensing agreement, they went with their own Honda powersplit transmission instead of using the Voltec powersplit device. They are both multimode dual electric motor transmissions, but look very different in how they work.

This is the same as the unit in the Clarity PHEV, Accord and New Insight hybrids as well.

Honda is doing what GM should’ve done five years ago. If they also bring the PHEV to the Odyssey, it’ll sell like crazy since many potential Pacifica Hybrid buyers are probably turned off by the manufacturer. And doesn’t the Pilot share a platform with the Ridgeline as well? Perhaps that can also gain a plug, Let’s just hope that Honda plans to make enough of them.

exactly. GM would be dominating the market with a Voltec based CUV and SUV. They would have had ZERO competition for several years now.

But GM does have a new Blazer coming out early 2019 … unfortunately, it appears to be ICE only no PHEV.

Right, we’d love a slightly bigger PHEV family car than our C-Max Energi, but after a bad rental experience we aren’t buying a Chrysler.

We have a 13 year old grand caravan with 190,000 miles that has been remarkably reliable. Longest we’ve ever had a car and most miles. We’re waiting for a PHEV or EV replacement that can tow. Looks like we’ll be waiting for a long time. Pacifica and Outlander have both failed to deliver on towing.

Outlander PHEV towing capacity —- 1500 kg…. (?)

Pacifica and dodge caravan outsell the odyssey.
Only issue with the Pacifica hybrid other than cost is its complete inability to tow anything at all. I think that’s it’s Achilles heel.

Finally! Hope Toyota join the ranks too! My next purchase will be a minivan or SUV. Hope Honda can up the battery size to give an AER of 60 miles, then I am sold! The current 16kwh battery of Clarity should give it 32 AER. So Honda let’s put a 30Kwh battery to give it 60 miles AER!

Yelp, but the ridge line needs to do a redesign

Does this imply a PHEV Ridgeline to follow? Same platform?

Oh heck yes. Someone is finally talking about a vehicle we’d actually buy. Make the same thing one segment smaller, and I’ll be dancing for joy, the Pilot is huge. This is all assuming we get 25+ miles of e-range and AWD for ski trips and snow days.

What he said

I wouldn’t hold my breath on the 25+ mile range. This is Honda, one of the companies that seems intent on frustrating plugheads into early graves.

Clarity is a great car. If they can do that, would be awesome if they can do a CUV, SUV, or minivan version. Hopefully not quiet as hideous looking as the Clarity.

Odd how they didn’t equip the rear wheels with a motor ala Mitsubishi. Hell, I also thought the Pilot was a pickup, what gives?

The need to put a 16kWh battery to maximize the tax credit and add another 100kW to 150kW motor to the rear axle to make it AWD. The larger battery will allow more instantaneous power and more all electric range.

16kwh is not enough, 30kwh is Ok

That’s a big delta in price and the tax credit will only cover a little over half of it.

It’s a shame those of us outside of Carb states will be unable to purchase or lease one.

If it has the clarity powertrains it will sell.

ugly af…

Damn that is ugly. Are you saying that it’s a model that already exists? It should be terminated for its own good.