2023 Honda Pilot coming soon with rugged TrailSport grade

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A redesigned Honda Pilot is coming for 2023 and we’ll see the covers come off late this year.

Honda on Tuesday announced that its new mid-size SUV will be the next recipient of the off-road-inspired TrailSport treatment.

Offered for the first time on the 2022 Passport, the TrailSport treatment adds unique fascia designs, wheel patterns, and interior accents. It doesn’t add any serious off-road mods, though the situation may change with the 2023 Pilot. Honda described the vehicle as its “most rugged and capable” SUV yet. However, we’ve heard that from other automakers who only added off-road looks without the equipment to match.

2023 Honda Pilot spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Honda Pilot spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Honda Pilot spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The new Pilot is expected to be a twin under the skin with the redesigned 2022 Acura MDX. This would mean a platform more rigid than the one it replaces, translating into improved road manners. We should also see the SUV offer seating for up to eight and pack a V-6 engine as standard.

Prototypes show a more rugged design than the current Pilot whose soft lines are more minivan than SUV.

The reveal of the new Pilot will cap off Honda’s year of the SUV, which has already seen the automaker launch new versions of the subcompact HR-V and compact CR-V. Honda’s SUV onslaught isn’t about to slow, though. In addition to the new Pilot, there will be the electric Prologue making a debut in 2023.

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