2017 Honda Ridgeline debut at 2016 NAIAS

Japanese automaker unveiled an all-new edition, 2017 Honda Ridgeline. The first generation Ridgeline has been on the market for nearly 10 years but it has been discontinued back in 2013 due to slow sales and a rather old design. Shortly after that, Honda also released a statement about making an all new model which is going to debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. The upcoming 2017 Honda Ridgeline is going to borrow some of the traits of its predecessor but it will also add a lot of new features which should make it a better option for people looking for a cheap and reliable truck.

Unlike most of its rivals, the new Ridgeline will be based on a unibody design so it will basically be a Honda Pilot with a bed on its back. However, there is more to it than just that. It seems that in order to allow people to use their new Ridgeline as a true truck, Honda will built a hybrid chassis for it which will also include a ladder-frame similar to what the usual trucks have. This will allow it to be just as strong as its competitors while saving quite a few pounds of weight.

Redesign – Interior and Exterior

In terms of design we don’t have anything official for now but the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been spied testing with very little camouflage on it and we have to say that it looks better than we thought. Firstly, the boxy design of the original will not be carried over which is great for both its buyers and for Honda. It will only be offered in a crew-cab configuration with a single bed length and the truck will sport a slightly more aggressive design than the Pilot with a front fascia inspired by that of the Baja-racing Ridgeline which was released a couple of months ago.

Interior

Inside the cabin the new model of the Ridgeline is going to offer the most amount of space among its competitors. This is because the integrated chassis will take very little space so it will have more leg and headroom than its competitors. On top of that, thanks to its construction, the truck will also get more storage space inside the cabin.

The materials will certainly be more premium than before and the design is actually expected to be nearly identical to the Pilot when it comes to the dashboard and steering wheel. The back seats will be a bit more different because these will get under-seat storage spaces and for the more premium versions, heating and ventilation which would be a first in a compact truck.

2017 Honda Ridgeline inside view

The Engine range – specs

Engine wise, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will unfortunately not get the great 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 of the Civic Type R and it will not even get a hybrid. Instead, the only engine of choice at launch is going to be a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 which is also installed in some Acura models. This will be mated to either a 6 speed manual gearbox or to a new 10 speed automatic gearbox which has been rumored for some time now. No matter the choice though, the truck will only be offered with all wheel drive with limited slip differentials in the front and at the back.

This is a rather bold move from Honda, especially at this price point. The engine will offer around 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and thanks to the all wheel drive system and its new transmission options, it should be able to tow well over 5,000 pounds which is quite good for a truck intended for on-road use.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Price

The price will likely be around $30,000 for a base model which is similar to that of its rivals if we take into account that the Ridgeline will likely be better equipped than most.

The biggest rivals are Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

More details after premiere at Detroit Auto Show in January, so stay tuned and comeback for a 15 days.

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