Honda will reportedly debut a five-seat, two-row Honda Pilot next year.
The short-wheelbase Honda Pilot was first reported by WardsAuto and is expected to head to production in September 2018 at the automaker’s Lincoln, Alabama plant.
It’s a move that makes sense for the segment, with Hyundai offering a similar choice with the Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, allowing customers to get into the vehicle for cheaper if they have no need for the third row.
What will be interesting is how Honda positions the two-row Honda Pilot to not cannibalize CR-V sales. With crossover sales ever increasing in several markets, Honda is hoping to capitalize with another variant to grow market share. According to WardsAuto, crossover vehicles hit their highest-ever volume last year in the U.S. with 5.624-million units sold.
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