The all-new Honda Ridgeline is making a comeback in a new set of spy images showing what to expect from the overhauled mid-size sport utility truck.
The all-new Honda Ridgeline is making a comeback in a new set of spy images showing what to expect from the overhauled mid-size sport utility truck (SUT).
It was earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show where Honda published a teaser image for the second-generation Ridgeline, but the vehicle won’t be fully revealed until next year and will be sold as a 2017MY. It’s interesting that Honda was in a rush to announce a new Ridgeline is on the way, and now courtesy of these latest spy images we get an idea about what to expect from the production model.
Despite the swirly disguise, it’s easy to notice the C-pillar will have a more conventional layout and the bed will be pretty much standard business in this segment. This prototype appears to have just about all the production-ready body panels and we believe the styling will have a few things in common with the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck shown at SEMA a few weeks ago.
Power will likely come from an evolution of the 3.5-liter V6 engine installed in the old model where it had 250 bhp (186 kW) and 247 lb-ft (334 Nm) channeled to the road via a five-speed automatic transmission. Taking into account it will ride on a new platform, the 2017 Ridgeline will probably lose a few pounds and this will have a positive impact on fuel efficiency and also on performance.
Expect a public debut to occur at a major North American show sometime next year.
As a final note, we should add the first-generation Ridgeline was discontinued after the 2014MY. This might explain why Honda dropped that teaser long before introducing the SUT's successor.