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by Matt Campbell

The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot eight-seat SUV has been revealed in the US, but there’s bad news for buyers in Australia hoping for an SUV larger than the CR-V.

The new-look Honda Pilot – which essentially serves as a larger alternative to the popular CR-V – mirrors the styling of the smaller model, but stretches longer and can accommodate more passengers or luggage thanks to its sizeable boot and lengthy 4.95-metre body (its smaller SUV sibling spans 4.55m).

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It shares its underpinnings with both the US-market Honda/Acura MDX and the American version of the Odyssey people mover, which is an entirely different vehicle to the Japanese-spec model sold here.

The Pilot is powered by a 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine paired to either a six-speed auto (shared with the Honda/Acura MDX) or optional nine-speed automatic which also brings engine stop-start.

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Despite the Pilot potentially offering the brand a strong rival to the likes of the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Australia public relations manager Melissa Cross said the Pilot isn’t suitable to the Australian market due to the fact its available in left-hand drive only.

However, Cross said the brand would like to compete in the larger SUV segment, but there’s no suitable vehicle for Australian needs at this point in time.

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“Regarding larger SUVs in general, at this time there is nothing available to our market,” she said. “We’ve just launched the HR-V into one of the fastest growing segments, so we’re focusing on that model and CR-V right now.

“If something became available, we would definitely look at it and consider it,” Cross said.

Click the Photos tab above for more images of the 2016 Honda Pilot.




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