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NEW YORK, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A production-ready version of the
highly anticipated Honda Pilot, an all-new Honda-designed and built SUV with
8-passenger theatre-style seating and the largest cargo carrying capacity in
its class, debuted today at the 2002 New York International Auto Show. The
Pilot will go on sale in June.
"The Pilot provides Honda with a world-class player in the SUV market,"
said Tom Elliott, executive vice president, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
"It combines the rugged versatility of traditional sport utilities with
Honda's legendary dependability, quality and reliability. We expect it to set
a new standard in the SUV segment, in much the same way the Odyssey has done
in the minivan segment."
The Pilot features a 240-horsepower, 3.5-liter, VTEC V-6 engine and
Honda's patented VTM-4(TM) (Variable Torque Management 4WD) advanced
four-wheel drive system. The interior is the most versatile and functional in
the class, with two rows of 60/40 split folding seats and up to 90.3 cubic
feet of cargo space behind the front seats.
Designed for the "Ultimate Family Adventure," Honda engineers developed a
number of family-friendly features including a multi-function center console
with a large center storage bin, dedicated cell phone cradle, 12-volt power
outlet, CD storage tray and removable cup holders. EX models feature a
second-row child's activity tray that incorporates cup holders and a storage
tray for pocket-size game machines, crayons, markers or fast food items,
including a special holder for fast food sauce containers.
The Pilot employs highly efficient body crumple zones and sophisticated
airbag technology, and is expected to achieve a Five Star safety rating for
both frontal and side impacts. Additional measures have been taken to insure
a high level of protection for third-row occupants in front, side and rear
collisions. In keeping with Honda's long standing commitment to environmental
leadership, the Pilot will be a Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) with excellent
fuel economy and is constructed with 90 percent recyclable components.
The Pilot will be available in two trim levels, LX and EX. LX models will
come well-equipped with a host of standard equipment including air
conditioning; cruise control; AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD player; driver and
front passenger front and side airbags; and power windows, mirrors and door
locks.
Pilot EX models add such features as aluminum alloy wheels; synchronized
front and rear automatic climate control; a seven-speaker, high-powered
stereo; and options including leather interior, a Honda Satellite-linked
Navigation System or Honda's DVD Rear Entertainment System.
The Pilot will be built alongside the Acura MDX and Honda Odyssey by Honda
Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ontario. Pricing will range from $26,000 to $32,000
and sales of about 80,000 vehicles are expected during its first 12 months on
the market.
 
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