The teaser sketch of the 2016 Honda Pilot SUV shown at the Detroit auto show is about to become real, in a very big way.
Honda has announced that it will unveil the third-generation full-size sport-ute at the upcoming Chicago auto show. The Pilot, which is based on the Odyssey minivan and transitively through the Accord sedan, was last refreshed earlier this year after a 2008 debut. Once again, it will accommodate eight passengers, and it looks to be slightly more rounded—at least, based on the sketch from Detroit.
In addition, a refreshed version of the Acura RDX SUV will debut in Chicago. The second-generation RDX—Acura's SUV smaller than the MDX—was introduced about three years ago, so the timing makes sense for a content upgrade. According to a press release, there shouldn't be many changes to the V-6 powertrain.
A robust SUV lineup could help Honda and Acura chase market share where it has lagged, and Honda promises a continued product offensive throughout the year.
Stay tuned for our coverage of the Chicago auto show next month.