Redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot Due Later This Year | Edmunds

Redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot Due Later This Year

DETROIT — The redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot SUV will debut shortly after the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V subcompact SUV this year, Honda's top U.S. executive said at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

John Mendel, executive vice president of Honda's U.S. Automobiles division, announced that the HR-V will debut this spring.

"Shortly after, we'll introduce an all-new Pilot SUV that will redefine what is possible with an eight-passenger midsize SUV," Mendel said. "And further ahead, a completely reengineered Ridgeline pickup. And we have some more excitement on the passenger car side of our lineup this year as well."

The Pilot competes in a busy segment that includes the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner.

The Honda Ridgeline plays in the same segment at the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Honda earlier teased an image of the next-generation Ridgeline that showed the truck's silhouette. It looks like the future Ridgeline will have more traditional truck proportions.

It is not known if the next Ridgeline will be a 2016 or 2017 model.

Mendel described Honda's 2015 effort as "a strong cadence of innovative products heading your way in the coming months."

In addition, Honda is rolling out new, small turbocharged four-cylinder engines that will be made at the automaker's Anna Engine Plant in Ohio.

Mendel did not disclose which car will be the first to get one of these engines, but it is expected that at least one turbocharged Honda vehicle will arrive in Honda showrooms by the end of 2015.

"We will also expand application of our two- and three-motor hybrid systems," Mendel said.

The Honda FCV Concept, a fuel-cell vehicle, made its North American debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Honda said the production version will be available in the U.S. in 2016.

Honda also confirmed that it will roll out a new battery-electric vehicle and a new plug-in hybrid model by 2018.

Edmunds says: Honda did not have any major fireworks at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but there's plenty of action ahead.

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