Today, Honda took the wraps off of their 2018 Pioneer vehicles. While there is nothing significantly new on the Pioneer 1000 or 700 for the new model year, the Pioneer 1000 did get a significant upgrade in 2017 with some industry-exclusive technologies, such as the I-4WD braking system that acts as a traction control system.
Here are more details on these exciting UTV’s from Honda!
Entering its third year in Honda’s lineup, the Pioneer 1000 is powered by a purpose-built 999cc parallel-twin engine and is still the only side-by-side on the market with an advanced DCT, a durable beltless
transmission that can be shifted through its six speeds either automatically or manually (via steering-column-mounted paddles). Customers can also switch between standard and sport transmission modes depending on the conditions, while drive-system modes include 2WD, 4WD, 4WD Diff Lock, and Turf. In addition, the Limited Edition versions of the Pioneer 1000 come with Fox QS3 shocks and the industry’s first I-4WD brake-traction-control system, which also allows hill-start assist and electronic brake-force distribution. All five-seater Pioneer 1000 models have Honda’s unique QuickFlip® seating, which allows owners to switch between rear seating and a cargo bed, and non-LE five-seat models have self-leveling rear suspension. In all, the Pioneer 1000 is available in six different configurations, and all can be personalized via a wide array of Honda Accessories, including packages for hunting and work.
- The five-person Pioneer 1000-5 LE and three-person Pioneer 1000 LE are the first powersports vehicles to come with I-4WD, an intelligent differential system that conveniently combines the four-wheel-drive and diff-lock functions into a single selection mode.
- The LE models’ I-4WD incorporates the industry’s first off-road brake traction control system to manage the amount of slip between left and right front wheels, applying torque to the wheel with greater grip. The result is excellent traction performance in tough off-road conditions, with reduced steer effort and kickback compared to standard diff-lock.
- LE models feature hill-start assist to momentarily hold the brake while transitioning to the accelerator from a dead stop on an incline, and a system that automatically optimizes brake force distribution between the front and rear brakes while coming to a stop—loaded or empty.
- All Pioneer 1000 models have a memory function that retains the last transmission mode after engaging reverse.
- All Pioneer 1000 models are powered by a 999cc parallel-twin engine with a Unicam® design like that of Honda’s legendary CRF motocross models, achieving high performance while simultaneously minimizing weight and bulk.
- High-tech “roller rockers” have a roller that contacts the cam, greatly reducing friction and wear compared to standard rocker arms.
- Longitudinal engine mounting eliminates unnecessary right angles in the driveline, ensuring an efficient transfer of power to the ground.
- Engine and exhaust system are rubber-mounted to reduce vibration and noise.
- To help the engine meet Honda’s unmatched reliability standards, the air inlet is positioned high under the hood, resulting in a clean supply of air and excellent clearance for water fording. The air-cleaner element is a viscous paper type, for exceptional filtration and a long service life.
- Six-speed automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) on all six types; those equipped with EPS also have a sport mode switch and manual paddle shifters.
- With DCT, an advanced shift logic monitors variables including throttle position and input, engine rpm, vehicle speed and brake input to determine driving style. During relaxed input, the transmission maintains a low rpm for a quiet cabin, low vibration and improved fuel efficiency. During more aggressive input, a higher rpm is held, maximizing engine torque and power. During inconsistent throttle input, transient detection logic prevents multiple up- and downshifts. When descents are detected, the transmission downshifts to provide true engine braking.
- Changing DCT modes on the fly immediately alters the character of the machine, from quiet and relaxed to exciting and powerful.
- Even in automatic mode, the driver can override the gear selection at any time by using the paddle shifters. The selected gear will be maintained for several seconds before the transmission seamlessly reverts to fully automatic shifting.
- On LE models, adjustable FOX QS3 shocks provide an exceptionally smooth ride and excellent handling; with a simple turn of a dial, customers can tune the machine for different terrains or driving styles.
- LE models receive a beefy bumper that highlights and protects the grill, while aluminum A-arm guards and a skid plate protect the vehicle against rocks and debris.
- Convenience-minded features on the LE models include illuminated dash switches for nighttime use.
- LE models come standard with new cabin-storage compartments and cup holders in all four doors.
- Style-focused features on LE models include painted bodywork, red springs and A-arms and substantial aluminum wheels.
- All versions of the Pioneer 1000 have thick seat foam for maximum comfort
- A winch-ready wiring harness comes standard on the Pioneer 1000.
- All Pioneer 1000 models boast fully independent rear suspension and long suspension travel, as well as 2,000-pound towing capacities.
- All three five-person Pioneer 1000 models once again feature the exclusive QuickFlip® system that lets owners switch between seating arrangements for three, four or five people.
- All Pioneer 1000 models come equipped with 27 in. tires. The Deluxe and LE models come standard with premium Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, featuring radial construction for exceptional ride comfort and traction.
- Standard on the five-person non-LE models (and available as an accessory for the three-person models) is a self-leveling rear suspension system, which automatically maintains the appropriate ride height when fully loaded, thereby maximizing ride comfort and maintaining consistent vehicle handling.
- Pioneer 1000 EPS and all Pioneer 1000-5 models come with a sophisticated Electric Power Steering system (EPS) that reacts to both vehicle speed and steering input, delivering precise driving feedback while also reducing steering effort (and thus driver fatigue). This is true even with the front differential locked, as kickback at the steering wheel is reduced in technical terrain.
- Tilt steering on all models with EPS.
- Pioneer 1000: Red, Olive
- Pioneer 1000 EPS: Red, Metallic Blue, Honda Phantom Camo®
- Pioneer 1000-5: Red, Olive
- Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe: Red, Active Yellow, Honda Phantom Camo
- Pioneer 1000 LE: Matte Gray Metallic
- Pioneer 1000-5 LE: Matte Gray Metallic
- Starting at $14,499
- Availability: August 2017
- Info: https://powersports.honda.com/pioneer/1000/home.aspx
Striking an ideal balance in terms of size and power, the affordably priced Pioneer 700 has a 675cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, fuel-injected power plant and a low-maintenance, beltless automatic transmission.
Ready to tow and haul for work, or to hit the trails on weekend adventures, Honda’s midsize multipurpose side-by-side is available in two- and four-person configurations, the latter offering the capability of folding down the rear seats to create more cargo space in the rear tilt-bed. Deluxe versions come standard with electric power steering, painted plastic, aluminum wheels, and a manual shifting mode with steering-column-mounted paddles. Long-travel, double-wishbone suspension at both ends delivers a smooth ride, and owners can customize their units via a large catalog of Honda Accessories.
- Powered by Honda’s proven fuel-Injected 700cc-class liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke engine.
- Automotive-style automatic transmission with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and reverse.
- Deluxe models feature a transmission that can change between manual electric-shift mode and fully automatic mode via a toggle switch; the automatic mode can also be overridden on the fly with the steering-column-mounted paddle shifters.
- Aluminum wheels on Deluxe models.
- Deluxe models come with electric power steering.
- Painted plastic on Deluxe models for a striking look and a durable finish.
- QuickFlip seating design on the 700-4 models offers the versatility and adjustability of two-, three-, or four-person seating configurations. The seating arrangement can be quickly and easily changed thanks to a folding, stowaway rear-seat design; provides full bed space and tilt function while in the two-person configuration.
- With the overall dimensions of a two-person design, the Pioneer 700-4 models maintain a high level of maneuverability while still being able to seat up to four people.
- Long-travel suspension with 7.9 inches in front and 9.1 inches in the rear provides a plush ride.
- Rugged, aggressive and exciting styling.
- Load capacities of up to 1,000 pounds hauling, or 1,500 pounds towing.
- The Pioneer’s design incorporates proven Honda technology for legendary Honda reliability.
- Pioneer 700: Red, Olive
- Pioneer 700-4: Red
- Pioneer 700 Deluxe: Matte Gray Metallic
- Pioneer 700-4 Deluxe: Pearl Orange, Honda Phantom Camo
- Starting at $10,599
- Availability: August 2017
- Info: https://powersports.honda.com/pioneer/700/home.aspx