Honda officially confirmed the next-generation Ridgeline pickup track and announced that this new vehicle will arrive in less than two years. The Japanese carmaker released the first sketch with the new Ridgeline and said that it is currently being designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles and Ohio R&D centers.
According to Honda, the Ridgeline was the first truck to be built on a closed-box unibody platform and introduced innovative features to its segment, such as large In-Bed Trunk and dual-action tailgate.
"The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda's role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."
The exterior of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline combines modernity, style, ruggedness and sporty. In terms of dimensions, the new Ridgeline has grown significantly compared to its predecessor – it is now longer by 3.1 inches with its wheelbase expanding by 3.3 inches.
Its cargo bed is now 3.9 inches longer and 5.5 inches wider. This means that the second-generation of the Ridgeline doesn’t only offer a more commanding presence on the road and a more comfortable ride, but could now carry more cargo than before. This increased level of utility is balanced by improved aerodynamic efficiency, thanks to a lower body height and width.
Meanwhile, the exterior of the new Honda Ridgeline comes laden with a number of features exclusive to the class. These include the Dual-Action Tailgate and In-Bed Trunk. These features also include available Truck Bed Audio System that -- along with the available built-in 400-watt AC inverter – transforms the Ridgeline into the ultimate tailgating vehicle.
In addition, the new Ridgeline features advanced exterior lighting, including available daytime running lights (DRL) that make use of light emitting diode technologies. The new Ridgeline also features projector low-beam headlights that now include auto high-beam function.
The exterior design of the 2017 Ridgeline could well be defined as advanced, aerodynamic yet tough. It is defined by a bright-chromed bar grille design -- black chrome on Black Edition—and a more traditional three-box profile with modern detailing. Since it is now longer both in terms of overall length and wheelbase, the new Ridgeline has a more truck-like profile. This additional length also means that the Ridgeline could now make passengers more comfortable and carry more cargo than before.