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2009 Honda Pilot Preview
Canadian pricing, specs announced for 2009 Honda Pilot
The all-new, completely-redesigned 2009 Honda Pilot sport-utility vehicle was launched at Canadian dealerships on June 10, 2008, with increased performance and improved fuel economy, enhanced safety features with a projected five-star crash rating, a variety of new technologies and added content, starting at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that is unchanged from last year's previous model.
"The timing is right for the new Pilot sport-utility vehicle that provides Canadians with class-leading fuel efficiency for an eight-passenger sport-utility vehicle," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc. "Advanced engine technologies, including Honda's innovative Variable Cylinder Management, help improve Pilot's fuel efficiency to give it top-of-class fuel economy leadership.”
- The well-equipped Pilot LX 2WD trim features a more powerful 250-horsepower V6 engine with Honda's innovative Variable Cylinder Management for top-of-class fuel efficiency, and offers standard features such as hill start assist, larger 17-inch tires and aluminum alloy wheels, a new Advanced Compatibility Enhanced (ACE) body structure for enhanced crash protection, and a flip-up tailgate, starting at an MSRP of $36,820.
- The new Pilot LX 4WD with Honda's Variable Torque Management four-wheel-drive (VTM-4) system features a 4,500-lb (2,040-kg) towing capacity and has an MSRP of $39,820, also unchanged from last year for the same trim.
- The MSRP for the four-wheel-drive Pilot EX starts at $42,220 and adds features such as tri-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, eight-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, and an upgraded audio system.
-·Pilot EX-L features 4-wheel drive and adds premium features such as leather-trimmed seating surfaces and a moonroof with an MSRP of $44,520.
- The four-wheel-drive Pilot EX-L RES package adds Honda's Rear Entertainment System (RES) and starts at an MSRP of $46,120.
- The upscale 4-wheel-drive Pilot Touring edition, an entirely new premium trim level for 2009, includes heated second-row seats in the outboard position, and Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Bilingual Voice Recognition and rear-view camera as standard equipment, with an MSRP of $49,920.
Designed to occupy a unique position within its segment, the second-generation Pilot combines traditional SUV attributes of ruggedness, standard 4,500-lb towing capability on 4WD models and functionality with top-of-class fuel economy, combined with the handling and refinement characteristics of a car-like crossover-utility vehicle.
A spacious interior provides room for up to eight passengers while also providing more space behind the third row for items as large as a mid-size cooler or a folded stroller.
Keyless entry, power windows, power locks, fully automatic headlights, cruise control and a full complement of safety features are also standard on all models.
New standard engineering features on all models include a more-powerful, 250 horsepower, 3.5-litre i-VTEC V6 engine with the latest generation of Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that works in six-cylinder mode for standard performance, and in three- or four-cylinder mode for increased fuel efficiency.
Additional new standard equipment includes a Class III hitch, hill start assist to prevent the vehicle from rolling on hills when the brake is not applied, larger 17-inch tires and aluminum-alloy wheels, and a flip-up tailgate glass. New interior features include a telescopic steering column, enhanced audio systems and more.
The Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System is available on the Pilot EX-L and standard on the Pilot Touring. XM Satellite Radio and four-way power adjustable front passenger seat are standard on Pilot EX-L and Touring. The new Pilot Touring edition introduces a power tailgate, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface and a USB device connector.
The Pilot achieves estimated fuel economy ratings of 12.7/8.7 L/100 km (city/highway) on the 2WD LX model, and 13.1/9.1 L/100 km (city/highway) on 4WD models.
Posted June 19, 2008