2016 Honda Ridgeline Redesign and Preview

One year ago, Honda has confirmed that the 2016 Honda Ridgeline will go for production, but no further details announced. From what we can see, Honda should’ve realized their mistakes on the current Ridgeline and they’re trying to fix this.

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Last year Honda announced plans to redesign the reprehensible Ridgeline, and while they originally planned to proceed with production of the wannabe pickup during the design phase, low sales numbers forced the automaker to pull the model from the line prematurely.

The current Ridgeline enjoyed relatively decent success in a market that’s starving for midsize pickups. In fact, sales in 2013 grew by 29 percent, thanks in part to the addition of the new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units. This jump in sales can also be credited to a relative lack of competition in the midsize truck realm.That said, the Ridgeline will have an all-new, midsize Chevy Colorado to contend with when it does return in a few years.

From what can be seen in the artwork, which is mostly shrouded by darkness, the 2016 Honda Ridgeline appears to have a longer roofline, a more rounded front end and a steeper windshield rake. But the overall shape seems to have remained intact, most likely to keep fans of the current Ridgeline interested.

When the Ridgeline first burst onto the scene back in 2005, it was noticed for its hunkered stance, unique proportions and ground-breaking lines. It was also admired for characteristics such as a 5-passenger cabin, carlike ride and handling, and a rugged half-ton rating, which is adequate for light towing and hauling but falls way short of the full-size workhorses from Ford, Chevy or Toyota. Still, the Ridgeline has a lot to offer, all the way down to such innovative features as a bed-integrated trunk and a 2-way opening tailgate. In fact, the Ridgeline was so well-received when it came out that it was named 2006 North American Truck of the Year. Though it was never a huge seller, the Ridgeline has enjoyed a definitive following.

Now, almost a decade after the original hit showrooms, Honda has announced plans to carry on the Ridgeline with a new version from the ground up. “The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks.”

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Powertrain

Like the current-gen model, the 2016 Honda Ridgeline is expected to be built on a closed-box unibody platform, delivering a smooth on-road performance with plenty of off-road capability. But there is the question of whether it will continue to share underpinnings with the Honda Odyssey and therefore fall short in the towing/hauling department. The current minivan-based Ridgeline is motivated by a 250-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 managed by a 5-speed automatic transmission. Technical details for the 2016 Ridgeline have not been released.

Competition will come from Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon.

Release Date and Price

The 2016 Honda Ridgeline is expected to be launched sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. As for pricing, Honda hasn’t officially announced its base price. But we expect that the price will go down significantly. It might be true that the new Ridgeline will come with new features, upgraded engine and so on, but the truck will surely have a hard time attracting consumers that already loyal to other established brands. So stay tuned.

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