Honda May Be Developing a Pilot Plug-in Hybrid Model

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

There is no denying the growing popularity of hybrids and other electrified vehicles in the United States. Americans are realizing their benefits go beyond simple spending less on gasoline. That is why it is exciting to learn that Honda may be getting a Pilot plug-in hybrid model ready.

Recently, Automotive News captured some spy shots of a Pilot model with two fueling doors, implying that one of them could be a port for a plug. The Pilot is already a popular choice among families. It has been going through a sales surge with a 36.1% sales increase in May 2018 compared to May 2017.

This is why a plug-in hybrid model would fit in perfectly with Honda’s plan to have two-thirds of its sales be electrified by 2030. Honda currently has three other electrified models in the its lineup, the Accord, Clarity, and Insight. The addition of an electrified crossover could be a big boom for Honda.

There are currently plans for a Pilot refresh for the 2019 model year that will likely include a new grille, revised headlights, and a new front fascia. Perhaps Honda will surprise us with a new plug-in hybrid option. But, it is too soon to tell.

The Honda Pilot is already one of our most popular vehicles at Bryan Honda. We can’t wait to see how a plug-in hybrid would be received.

Possible Mid-Size Honda SUV in the Works Based on Pilot

There are rumors that a mid-size Honda SUV may be in the works that would be a smaller version of the full-size Pilot. Honda currently has the compact CR-V and the subcompact HR-V, so it has plenty of room in the lineup for a two-row mid-size.

Honda Pilot

The Rumor

The smaller version of the Pilot, which would have much of the same build but be built on a shorter wheelbase, would compete with other segment leaders like the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge. Autoblog suggests the mid-size SUV may be around 187 inches long and be priced at about $27,000, squarely between the CR-V and the Pilot and on par with other vehicles in the segment.

WardsAuto came out with the news about the mid-size Pilot first, and while they have no guesses as to what the name will be, Car and Driver thinks they may revive the Passport moniker. Autoblog disagrees, saying it may go the way of Hyundai and Mitsubishi and call it the Honda Pilot Sport or just come up with an entirely new name.

Production on the new mid-size SUV will begin in September of next year. For more information on this or the Honda SUV lineup, give us a call at Bryan Honda!