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Honda's big, brute SUV

2008-01-16 10:14
The next generation of Honda's full-sized SUV, the Pilot, is being shown at the Detroit Motor Show.

The concept eight-seater rides on a new platform that is said benefit in the handling and ride comfort departments.

Based on a crossover SUV platform, Honda maintains its Pilot offers the best cars and bakkies have to offer with its refined package and the utility and capability of an SUV.

Power for this all-American model is provided by a V6 engine that introduces Honda's Variable Cylinder Management technology. This allows it to also operate in four- and three-cylinder modes for greater efficiency.

Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure is used for Pilot and is said to ease the impact on vehicles of different sizes. The front end is also designed to help absorb the energy in the event of a pedestrian collision.

Extensive use of high-strength steel for the passenger cell ensures occupants should be left largely unscathed in a collision.

Inside the cabin, the SUV is reportedly also more functional than the existing model, with increased space for all and better legroom, particularly for passengers on the third bench.

The 60/40 split second row slides forward for easier access to the third row. Carrying cargo is made easier with each side of the second and third rows being able to fold down. Furthermore, extra luggage space is creates when the second and third rows are folded down.

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