When American Honda Motor Co. introduced the redesigned Pilot crossover in February, the automaker promised it was bigger, lighter and stronger.
Now Honda is starting to deliver on that promise.
The 2016 version of the Pilot comes with a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 280 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque.
That's a gain of 30 hp and 7 pounds-feet of torque over the previous Pilot's V-6, which has been on the market since 2008.
A new six-speed automatic transmission replaces the earlier five-speed gearbox on the LX, EX and EX-L trim levels.
The higher-end Touring and the new top-of-the-line Elite trim will get a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive will be standard, while a new all-wheel-drive system will be optional.
Fuel economy figures won't be released until closer to the Pilot's on-sale date. But Marc Ernst, chief engineer on the Pilot, promised it would "reach the top of its class for EPA fuel economy ratings."
This means it will have to beat the Nissan Pathfinder, which is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for front-wheel-drive V-6 models.
Shedding 300 pounds helps, a feat Honda pulled off by using more high-strength materials on the sleeker, third-generation Pilot. This weight loss is in spite of Honda making the new model 3.5 inches longer.
The 2016 Pilot is due to go on sale this summer.