2017 Honda Ridgeline

Despite pickup trucks being America’s favorite vehicle, Honda
has found the going tough with their Ridgeline pickup truck.
Since the Ridgeline made its maiden debut in the American
market in 2005, it only enjoyed a single good year in 2006 and
from then things have been on a nosedive.

The American pickup truck market is dominated by General
Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motor. To penetrate the market
therefore needs an excellent offering. We believe the Japanese
auto maker has learned from his mistakes. Actually its unibody
styling proved to be a huge disadvantage and it is good that
the auto maker has changed its styling to the body-on-frame
which offers more flexibility, strength and is easy to
maintain. After discontinuing production of the model in 2014,
Honda is ready to give it a second shot with a revamped model
going by the name 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

Honda had previously signaled its intent to produce a
redesigned Ridgeline by releasing teaser images. The model has
been spotted recently during testing covered in heavy
camouflage making it clear that a new Ridgeline is coming in
the near future. According to the spy shots we have, the new
model has drawn its styling inspiration from the new Pilot SUV.

In terms of its dimensions, the pickup truck might reach 206
inches in length, 73 inches height, and 78 inches width with a
wheelbase of 126 inches. Its total bed trunk capacity is 1,550
lbs making it comfortable even when carrying high amount loads.

The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been redesigned and takes a
more traditional pickup profile. At the front, the vehicle has
a more prominent grille flanked by sweptback headlights. The
rear C-pillar is vertical and the bedsides are straight and
horizontal. The vehicle will ride on 5-spoke alloy wheels. The
vehicle will also feature plastic body cladding, muscular
fender flares and a tailgate which has been integrated with a
spoiler. We will communicate clearer information when the
automaker makes its specs public or if we manage to capture
clearer shots.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Interior

The interior specs have not been made public but from the spy
shots we have the cabin looks to have been greatly improved.
The new cabin looks enhanced than most pickups in the market
today. Passengers will find plenty of head and leg room. The
truck is made with a cost effective point of view, thus, the
truck does not feature luxurious or sophisticated interior.

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However, the cabin comes with all basic components. It is
rumored that the seats will be upholstered in leather with
10-way power adjustable seats, heated front seats and
adjustable seat belts. For comfort, the pickup truck might come
with dual-zone automatic air control, flat rear floor, rear
view mirror with a camera, a column mounted shifter system and
illuminated mirrors among others. Other likely features will be
a touch-screen infotainment system, basic music connectivity
and a premium sound system.

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Engine Specs

Under the hood of the new Ridgeline, Honda has featured similar
engine as the one in the Pilot SUV. The unit is a 3.5 L V6 engine. The
official output details are not yet out but the engine produces
280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque on the Pilot SUV. The pickup
truck will be offered in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel
drive.

This drive-train will be paired with a 6-speed automatic
transmission system with an option for a 9-speed automatic
transmission. There are also rumors going round about the
possibility of a diesel engine.

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Price and release date

According to credible reports, the automaker will premiere the
2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck in an North American
International Auto Show early in 2016 and follow up its release
to showrooms later probably during the early summer.

The Ridgeline will cost around $ 30,000. We will inform you of
the official price and release date when the automaker releases
official information.

Picture from NAIAS 2016

Picture from NAIAS 2016