Short-Wheelbase Honda Pilot To Debut In 2018

According to WardsAuto, Honda will unveil a short-wheelbase Pilot next year with two rows of seating.

The current Honda Pilot is offered exclusively with a third row and the inclusion of a slightly smaller version to the range will allow buyers to pick up a new Pilot for less if they don’t need a third row.

It is reported that production of the 2-row Pilot will commence in September 2018 at Honda’s Lincoln factory but at this stage, it isn’t known how much cheaper it will be than the 3-row model.

As it stands, the existing 2017 Pilot starts at $30,595 while Honda’s smaller 2-row CR-V starts at $24,045. It is therefore likely to assume that pricing for the baby Pilot will sit somewhere between these two.

Beyond the alternation in the wheelbase and the absence of a third-row, the new Pilot can be expected to retain all the same features as its bigger sibling. That means a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 petrol engine will come standard with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque. Six-speed automatic and nine-speed automatic gearboxes should also be offered alongside front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.


  • Six_Tymes

    smart move

  • Dennis Scipio

    So… their version of the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge I guess.

    • Honda NSX-R

      And the SWB Santa Fe.

      • Benjamin B.

        Santa Fe Sport

        • Honda NSX-R

          Yeah, that.

    • Toronado_II

      The Honda Avancier. But it so ugly…

  • Mark S

    I would find a SWB -2Row Pilot very intriguing but Honda would have to loose the mini-van front end and butch-up the styling a bit. Keep the V6. Same for the Ridgeling styling.

    • Mill0048

      Yeah, I’m curious how the shrinking will work out. Unless they just chop a few inches from it’s length and call it a day. There’s a 14″ spread between it and the CR-V. So maybe the proportions won’t change that much after all.

  • Harry_Wild

    About is time! I just never use the third row and some are so long it hard to garage! Looks awkward because it is so long now a days! Cannot wait to see the Honda Pilot short wheel base model and if I like it; pre order for September 2018!

  • no25

    I heard they may revive the Passport name

    • Benjamin B.

      That’s possible. GM is bringing back the Blazer name to use on a 2-row, GMC Arcadia-size Chevrolet crossover. It’ll be built in Mexico. Expect a cheaper GMC Arcadia as it’ll be based on the GMC.

  • Craig

    Why not. I guess. UNRELATED QUESTION. Is the 2018 Accord going to be an all-new car?

    • Mill0048

      C&D says the 2018 will be on the new 10th Gen platform.

  • Benjamin B.

    Makes sense. It’ll compete directly with the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

  • Panhead

    That long wheelbase made it a great snow machine. It likes to track straight in the slippery stuff.

  • James Mcfaden

    Really? There is a market for a slight larger crv or a slightly smaller pilot… Isn’t that too much overlap??

  • Huge Dom

    I hope they bring back the Crossroad name since it had some interesting history with the first generation being a rebranded Discovery and second generation was the car that they should have brought over to North America instead of the Element.

  • Harry_Wild

    Will Honda improve the looks so guys will be interested in possible buying it? The original Passport looks like the RRS! Honda should just make the same shape instead of the minivan look of the current Pilot!