The midsize Honda pickup truck has decided to make the expected appearance at the North American International Auto Show where it will showcase its new generation design in front of the worldwide audience.
The Honda Ridgeline was a quirky offer among pickup trucks but the new generation rectifies the stance with a more conventional – albeit true Honda design language – axing in the process things such as the high-walled cargo bed for a more mainstream appeal that should deliver a bigger consumer base for the midsize pickup. Naturally the bespoke bed was the one thing that made the Ridgeline stand out from the crowd in the past but the new model comes with enhanced dimensions to compensate: it’s 5.4 inches (13.7 centimeters) wider and 4 inches (10 cm) longer and has a four-foot wide flat bed. This one comes with 48 inches (122 cm) between the rear wheel arches and maximum payload capacity of about 1, 600 pounds (725 kilograms). The bed is also made out of composite materials and as such is scratch-resistant while also boasting a dual-action tailgate and a lockable In-Bed Trunk for both practicality and security without impeding the utility. The entire floor is flat now and also has a drain plug – the UV-stabilized bed has eight 350-pound tie down cleats and is available with a 400-watt AC power inverter, housed behind an access panel in the right bed wall.
The Ridgeline will also come for the first time as an all-wheel drive and FWD model, with the only engine under the hood being a 3.5-liter V6 mill mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Go for the AWD system and the owner will also gain the company’s Intelligent Terrain Management with Normal, Sand, Snow, and Mud selectable modes. Being unique is still a trait the Ridgeline hasn’t abandoned as the pickup truck boasts the industry’s first in-bed audio system for the “ultimate tailgating vehicle” mode – six exciters are housed inside the bed wall and they can deliver the sound from the audio system for a total power of 540 watts. Inside the cabin the four-door pickup comes with nice amenities such as a tri-zone climate control system, push button start, leather trim, a 60/40-split and folding second-row seat and an eight-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system that also boast Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Safety is top notch with systems such as: Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist. Optional goodies include the Honda LaneWatch or Blind Spot Information system and the model will be produced in Lincoln, Alabama.