Honda is looking to be a competitor in the pickup truck segment.
Being introduced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show is the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, picking up where the truck left off. Featuring unibody construction, the new Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 and although the automaker hasn’t revealed specifications on the powertrain, it will be mated to a six-speed automatic. Expect performance to be around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which is how much the engine provides in the new Honda Pilot.
The Ridgeline will be available in front- or all-wheel drive, with the new all-wheel-drive setup taking advantage of Honda’s torque vectoring system. Compared to its predecessor, the new Ridgeline’s bed measures 5.4-inches wider and 4-inches longer. Payload capacity should come in around 1,600 pounds while a 400-watt AC power inverter will also be available in the bed.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is expected to launch sometime in the first half of 2016 and you can get a more detailed look by watching our first look video below.