Honda Pilot V6 SUV in Russia, Ukraine soon

24 April, 2008


Honda plans to launch its new 3.5-litre, V6 SUV, Honda Pilot for the Russia and Ukraine markets soon.

This would the first time that Honda would be launching a car specifically for Russia and Ukraine. Russia has the highest penetration of SUVs in Europe. Figure show that Honda's sales in Russia grew by 145.7% to 38,630 units in 2007 over the previous year. During the same period, the car market in Russia grew by 35.7% to 2.568 million units.

Honda Pilot photo

The Honda Pilot will be the second generation in the US, where it is built, and now will be available for the first time in Europe. The original Honda Pilot had been unveiled back in year 2002 and had set a new standard for the mid-size SUV segment. The Honda Pilot had then boasted of features such as good fuel efficiency and light passenger seats. The second generation Honda Pilots come with a more spacious, comfortable and flexible interior, more refined handling, superlative fuel economy, and excellent safety features.

The Honda Pilot also boasts of a 3.5-litre V6 engine, which incorporates the latest variable cylinder management system. Wrapped in a confidently styled body, which gives a strong impression of the vehicle's all round abilities, the Pilot has squared off edges giving it a strong stance and interior space, said a review report. The additions to the Honda Pilot include active noise cancellation and an acoustic windscreen. Besides these, the rear view camera that displays an image of the area directly behind the car on a screen within the rear view mirror, helps in parking. Other features include a powerful, tri-zone, climate control, 6CD in-dash MP3 compatible entertainment system and the one-touch power operated tailgate.

The Honda Pilot also joins the list of Honda models that are equipped with the innovative Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which provides added safety.


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