Honda previews Detroit-bound 2017 Ridgeline

Honda previews Detroit-bound 2017 Ridgeline

Honda is returning to the pickup truck segment with the all-new 2017 Ridgeline.

Up front, the second-generation Ridgeline adopts Honda’s Exciting H design language thanks to styling cues such as a chromed grille with slats that stretch far into the headlights. Moving back, the truck ditches the last-gen model’s controversial flying buttresses and adopts a more traditional truck-like silhouette that Honda hopes will attract more buyers into showrooms. Photos of the rear end haven’t been published yet.

The Ridgeline offers a four-foot wide composite bed with a dual-action tailgate. Hosing the bed down is a breeze thanks to a drain plug, and Honda’s newest truck features a 540-watt in-bed audio system made up of six speakers built into the bed walls. A power outlet can be ordered at an extra cost.

Power for the Ridgeline is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, though full technical details won’t be released until later today. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available, but WorldCarFans reports buyers can choose between front- or all-wheel drive for the first time in the nameplate’s history. The Ridgeline can haul about 1,600 pounds in its most powerful configuration.

Stay tuned, full details about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be published later today.

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