Honda's making the rounds with its new off-road SUV but isn't quite ready to show it off in full.
Honda is ramping up its PR machine ahead of the debut of the new Honda Pilot TrailSport, and you know what that means. More teasers. While Honda won't show off the SUV just yet, we've gotten glimpses of the styling from a few places.
The car will run in the 2022 Rebelle Rally, which starts on October 6. It's also been teased by Honda itself on multiple occasions. This, then, is precisely that. Another teaser, this time coming to us from the Austin City Limits music festival.
Honda says the SUV will make its first public appearance during the 2022 Austin City Limits festival.
It won't be totally naked, but the public can get a look at Honda's most off-road-focused SUV in person. Instead, it'll be wearing a special livery, not dissimilar to the one we've seen on the 2022 Rebelle Rally car.
That's because this is the livery the car will wear for the rally. You'd be forgiven for not recognizing it. Honda is not one to hand out photos of a vehicle ahead of its debut. We saw this with the Civic Type R.
Regardless, the rally will be Honda's fourth. Previously it has entered a range of vehicles, including an HPD Ridgeline.
The vehicle should also be well-suited to the rally from the factory- something Honda makes a point of mentioning. Off-road features include new wheels with all-terrain tires, an off-road-tuned suspension, and a revised front and rear fascia.
Speaking of looks, Honda will also add new headlights to the off-roader. It should do more than look the part, too. It has said that the TrailSport will be its "most rugged SUV ever" and will ship standard with "expanded all-wheel drive capabilities." We're still not quite sure what that means.
Still, we can glean some info from Honda. It has already been said that steel skid plates (presumably front and rear) will be standard on top of the new wheel and tire setup. In addition to some protection, Honda will give the TrailSport a bit of a lift, as it has done with other TrailSport models.
You'll also find front and rear recovery points, a full-size spare, and those AWD capabilities Honda keeps hinting at. For now, we'll have to wait for more info. However, if you are at ACL this month, you can visit the Honda Watering Hole to be entered to win a new HR-V while you wait for a look at the TrailSport.