Here's a first shadowy glimpse of the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot which will debut on February 12 at the Chicago Auto Show. Although no specifics accompanied this teaser, Honda promises the sweeping makeover of its popular 8-passenger people mover "will raise the stakes in the mainstream three-row SUV segment with new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility."

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Last redone in 2009, the new Pilot will be wrapped in more stylish and streamlined bodywork that adds contemporary Honda-style flair to a package that boasts loads of flexible space for people and cargo. The transition also is expected to bring the Pilot's driver-assist, infotainment and safety systems up to current state-of-the-art spec. Although Honda did not indicate what may be found under the hood of the 2016 Pilot, some version of the current 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine seems likely to carry forward.

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Designed and engineered in America, the 2016 Honda Pilot will be built here as well in the automaker's Lincoln, Alabama, plant, home of the next-generation 2016 Honda Ridgeline that's also due later this year. Sales of the new Honda Pilot start this summer.

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