U Spy The 2019 Honda Pilot Facelift In California

The redesigned 2019 Honda Pilot has been spied by a CarScoops reader in Mojave, California.

While the third-generation model is only a couple of years old, it appears the company is preparing to give its three-row crossover a facelift to keep it competitive with newer rivals such as the Chevrolet Traverse.

Since the prototype is heavily camouflaged, styling changes are hard to spot. However, we can expect the usual updates including a revised front fascia with new headlights and possibly a modified grille that echoes the CR-V or Ridgeline. The crossover could also be equipped new taillights and an updated interior but we’ll likely have to wait a little bit longer to know for sure.

The third-generation Honda Pilot debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in 2015 and it features a 3.5-liter V6 engine which develops 280 hp (208 kW) and 262 lb-ft (354 Nm) of torque. Base models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, while Touring and Elite variants receive a nine-speed gearbox.

It’s possible the latter transmission could become standard when the facelifted model is introduced but nothing is official as of yet. However, if this does occur, we can a expect a minor improvement in fuel-efficiency as models with the nine-speed gearbox get an additional 1 mpg city and 1 mpg combined.

Thanks to CarScoops reader Tony for the pictures!

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  • zsheps

    I think this is actually the supposed upcoming midsize SUV to slot between the CR-V and Pilot. Note the shorter front and rear overhangs compared to the current Pilot.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Basically the short wheelbase Pilot

    • Nicky Degirolamo

      its most likey the return of the passport

  • Joe Mosely

    Does the Pilot really compete with the Chevy Traverse?

    • Honda NSX-R

      Yes it does

  • PhilMcGraw

    Doesn’t the Honda Odyssey have the new 10 speed auto? I would suspect they would utilize that in some way.

  • no25

    looks too small to be the Pilot

    • Honda NSX-R

      It’s the 5 seater version

    • Nicky Degirolamo

      its the honda passport

  • Knotmyrealname

    Looks waaaaay better than befor….. what? That’s camo? Oh…

  • Harry_Wild

    My next new car if it is the same width, two row seats, has the same engine or Type R, 10 speed tranny and is squared off like the spied photos here! Perfect size for my needs.

  • Furman Wall

    I will buy one as soon as they put the 10 speed transmission in the EX-L model. And also I will buy a Honda Odyssey as soon as they put the 10 speed transmission in the EX-L model. Get going Honda. I am ready !

  • Greg