Desert Race Truck SEMA Concept Previews 2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup preview sketch

The Honda Ridgeline hasn’t been on sale since the 2014 model year but a new generation is being readied for 2017, and we’ll see it for the first time at next week’s SEMA show. Honda isn’t willing to show the production version just yet. Instead, we’ll be teased with the design of the new Ridgeline via a concept dubbed the Desert Race Truck.

No additional details on the 2017 Ridgeline have been released but Honda states that the concept version being unveiled at SEMA will mark the brand’s return to Honda Performance Development (HPD)-powered factory off-road racing on four wheels. The automaker has previously confirmed that it will compete in the unlimited off-road category of the 2015 Baja 1000 desert race this November.

It now looks likely that the Ridgeline Desert Race Truck will be Honda’s weapon of choice for the race. Honda’s Baja entry will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine and feature an Albins ST6 sequential transmission, Fox racing shocks, and rugged General Grabber tires.

As for the 2017 Ridgeline, we were first shown a teaser image for the vehicle (above) at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show in February. We know that the mid-size pickup truck will share underpinnings with the recently revealed Pilot, along with the SUV’s 3.5-liter V-6. A four-door crew cab body, split tailgate and four-wheel drive are all expected as well.

Sharing Honda’s stand at SEMA will be the all-new Civic Sedan as well as the recently updated CR-Z hybrid hatch. The show runs from November 3-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and you can access our complete coverage via our dedicated hub.

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