2016 Honda Pilot Teased Before Chicago Auto Show Debut

January 21, 2015

When you look at the Honda Pilot, "graceful" isn't the first word that comes to mind -- and that's okay. The Pilot's blocky, somewhat awkward styling has helped it stand out from the increasing number of crossovers littering American showrooms.

But that may soon change. Honda has published a teaser image of the all-new 2016 Pilot, and even from the incomplete silhouette, we can tell it's going to look very, very different from what's come before.

As you can see from the rendering above, designers have ditched the Pilot's chunky, Lego-like exterior in favor of one with sweeping lines, obtuse angles, and what appears to be some sheetmetal creasing below the beltline. If we didn't know what we were looking at, we might think we'd stumbled across an early pic of the redesigned 2012 Ford Escape.

Of course, the 2016 Pilot will appear somewhat different in person. For starters, it will probably have visible B and C pillars, which have been blacked out in this mockup. And we're just guessing here, but Honda will likely trick it out with side-view mirrors, too -- just to please the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Beyond the completely revamped silhouette, however, Honda hasn't provided many details about the new 2016 Pilot, other than to say that it will feature the same three rows as its predecessors, as well as "new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility".  

Thankfully, Honda fans won't have to wait long to learn more. The automaker plans to reveal the 2016 Pilot on February 12 at the Chicago Auto Show (alongside "details and styling direction for its forthcoming Ridgeline truck").

Does the teaser image intrigue you? Do you think it's enough to boost consideration among those who've never thought about the Pilot before? Or does this make the Pilot seem slightly more generic and forgettable? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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