Honda is launching significantly upgraded versions of its 8-passenger Pilot SUV and subcompact HR-V crossover, boasting new looks, improved powertrains and better onboard technology.
Both cars will go on sale at Honda dealerships on July 16 (Pilot) and July 24 (HR-V), with new Display Audio systems that feature a physical volume knob, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, plus an expanded application of Honda Sensing.
On the safety front, Honda Sensing will now be standard on all Pilot models, and on EX and higher grades of the HR-V. The Japanese automaker is aiming to integrate Honda Sensing into all vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2022.
“The continued fortification of the Honda light truck lineup with the refreshed 2019 Pilot and HR-V further enhances our already award-winning lineup of Honda SUVs,” stated U.S. Honda exec, Henio Arcangeli Jr.
“With application to HR-V, Honda Sensing is now available or standard on every Honda model, which is both an incredible benefit to our customers and increased value over the competition.”
2019 Honda HR-V
Honda’s sporty subcompact crossover now welcomes new Sport and Touring trims, upgraded styling, better connectivity but also an improved CVT and all-wheel drive system, variable-ratio electric power steering and additional sound deadening.
As previously stated, the 2019 HR-V is available with Honda Sensing for the first time, standard on EX and higher trims. This bundle of safety systems includes Collision Mitigation, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.
2019 Honda Pilot
As for the Pilot, it now comes with a more aggressive exterior styling, a new hands-free power tailgate and a more refined 9-spede automatic (available on Touring and Elite trims).
Other tech upgrades include 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, a larger Rear Entertainment System with Blu-Ray and streaming video capability, CabinTalk in-car PA system, CabinControl, a new Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, over-the-air updates and a volume knob.
Full details on both models will be available when they go on sale next month.