At the Detroit Auto Show last week, Japanese manufacturer Honda presented the second-generation Ridgeline, marking their return in the midsize pickup segment.
Ready to once again rival the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon, the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier, the Ridgeline’s cab and bed are now split up, unlike the first generation’s bed that was integrated into the truck’s body. The front end is heavily inspired by the new Honda Pilot SUV, although they’re set apart by slightly distinct bumper and grille designs.
However, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline keeps some of the innovations that made the old generation truck stand out. The tailgate can still be opened two ways, either by flipping it down – like in all other pickups – or opening it sideways. The concealed trunk in the bed’s floor is also back, which can be locked and hosed out thanks to a removable drain plug. The bed itself is more than five inches wider and four inches longer than the in the previous Ridgeline. Payload capacity is said to be close to 1,600 lbs.
The truck’s bed now includes eight tie-down cleats securing cargo. On the options list for the bed, there’s a 400-watt power inverter and a 540-watt, in-bed audio system that features, according to Honda, six exciters instead of conventional speakers.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline gets a 3.5-litre V6 engine that should develop 280 horsepower, a six-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. Honda is targeting best-in-class performance, fuel economy and crash test ratings.
The new Ridgeline will be on sale by this summer.