The previous model of the Ridgeline has been one of the very few unibody pickups on the market and despite the fact it looked and drove better than most others out there, the lack of off-road features and its low towing rating made Honda discontinue the model back in 2014 due to the fact it sold just too poorly for them in order to keep it alive. However, they are going to release the 2017 Honda Ridgeline which is going to be an all new truck designed from scratch for the US market. However, even though most people thought that this was going to be a body on frame construction, Honda announced that it will share its platform, running gear and engine with the MDX or the Pilot, meaning that it will continue to be an odd truck in its class.
On top of that, Honda announced that the car will be ready for sale some time in 2016 and it will come at a base price higher than $30,000 which is actually a very poor decision for them because there are a lot of compact and medium trucks which are both cheaper as well as better equipped than the Ridgeline.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Engine
Engine wise the new model should feature a naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V6 from the MDX and unlike the previous model, it will get cylinder deactivation, direct injection as well as a Start/Stop technology, so it should offer around 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and in cooperation with the 9 speed automatic, the truck should be great on the road. However, in off-road there are chances that it will not be so great mostly because of the fact it will come with front wheel drive as standard. On top of that, it will not offer lockable differentials but rather electronic controlled ones that will brake each wheel individually.
The best part about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline should be the way it drives on the road and the big bed in the back which should be enough for trips around country with the family.
The cabin of the truck should also be one of the main selling points because the Ridgeline is going to be better equipped than most others with standard climate control, leather upholstery, satellite navigation and even things such as cruise control, lane-keep assist or frontal collision warning, all being great at offering a safe ride.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Exterior
The outside of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is currently being developed but Honda did release a few sketches in the past which suggest a 4-door pickup with a larger bed than before as well as a new design, more similar to that of the Pilot in the front and in the back it will feature the trademark two-way tailgate as well as the usual cooler in the bed.