2017 Honda Ridgeline coming to NAIAS
Second-gen model loses the buttresses
Honda will unveil an all-new Ridgeline pickup at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next month, replacing a model that has been on the market since 2005. Designed and engineered for the U.S. market by Honda R&D Americas the new pickup will go on sale as a 2017 model, and if the teaser image published by the automaker is any indication the next-generation Ridgeline will ditch the integrated buttresses sported by the first-generation truck.
Prototypes of the 2017 Ridgeline have already been spotted testing wearing only surface wrap camouflage, which permits a preliminary judgement of the shape and layout of the new truck. The biggest changes we can spot on the outside, aside from a more conventional and possibly longer bed design is the larger greenhouse and a taller, more spacious cabin. The 2017 Ridgeline will also lose the angled bodywork of the first-generation truck that lent it a barrel-like shape. Overall, it appears that Honda will go for a more conventional profile.
“We developed this new Honda Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better suited to the way many buyers use their truck,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda from incredible packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative, segment-first features. We’re honored to once again debut the Ridgeline in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.”
2017 Honda Ridgeline sketch
Even though Honda is going for a more conventional shape with this new Ridgeline, we wouldn’t interpret this as a signal that Honda will get into the truck game — the Ridgeline is its only stateside truck model and we’re unlikely to see any kind of variants with different bed lengths or cab designs. So it still makes sense to treat it as the Comanche truck that was spun off from the Jeep Cherokee in the 1980s (even though that model actually spawned variants).
The next-gen Ridgeline will debut on Jan. 11., at the Detroit Auto Show, and is slated to enter production at Honda’s Alabama factory later in the year.