The next-generation 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport will debut before the end of the year, and the big reveal could be just around the corner. The latest teaser images provide the best look yet at the new SUV, which Honda is showing off in its TrailSport trim, and the automaker promises this will be the most “off-road capable” SUV ever.
Honda is keeping specific details under wraps, but did give away a few tidbits about the Pilot TrailSport version. The SUV will make its first public appearance this week during the 2022 Austin City Limits Music Festival and will come standard with several rugged equipment. Those upgrades include expanded four-wheel-drive capabilities, an off-road-tuned raised suspension, steel skid plates, front and rear recovery points, off-road tires, and a full-size spare.
The 2023 Honda Pilot in the teaser images is wearing a pixel art wrap for its 2022 Rebelle Rally outing that begins later this week. The reveal wrap gives a clear look at the SUV’s design for the first time, removing the camouflage and coating worn by the SUV in previous teasers. Up front, the SUV features a large, simple grille flanked by slim headlamps and topped by a flat, clamshell hood. Fog lamps and vertical vents support a wide lower grille opening.
The rear design features chunky taillights joined by a trim piece that houses the text “PILOT.” Honda equips the SUV with dual rectangular tailpipes, a black roof spoiler, and some silver trim on the lower bumper. TrailSport badging graces the front grille and tailgate.
Powertrain details remain a mystery, as the current Pilot features Honda’s 3.6-liter V6. It produces 280 horsepower (205 kilowatts) and Honda could use that in the next-generation model. Honda pairs the engine with a nine-speed automatic gearbox in today’s Pilot.
One thing Honda hasn’t teased is the interior of the Pilot, and we may not see it until the big debut. It should receive a complete makeover like the exterior, with Honda likely giving the SUV a stripped-down interior design that emphasizes digital driver displays and infotainment system. The 2023 Honda Pilot will debut before the end of the year.