The first generation of Honda Ridgeline is touted by car enthusiast and critics as a vehicle that came way before its time. Being the pioneers in car industry, Honda has often experimented and mashed up various concepts with variable rate of success, which can be demonstrated by the fact that the first Ridgeline was a vehicle that experienced only a moderate level of success in the market, selling about a 1200 units per month. With the upcoming 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the Japanese automaker hopes to turn the tides in their favour and grab a significant share of the current crossover truck market.Honda teased this vehicle by revealing a new sketch at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and stating that it would be marketed in the next two years or so. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline will have its roots based on their newly unveiled Honda Pilot and Acura MDX and will boast of an engine that will make the car excel in both performance and fuel economy.
2017 Honda Ridgeline: Redesign Exterior and Interior
Patience is expected to be rewarded and we are quite certain that Honda will present an extraordinarily well-crafted design for their upcoming Ridgeline. The car should combine a perfect picture of elegance and brute force by rounding off the edges, presenting a larger cargo space for heavy duty load transport and improved aerodynamics shape. It will keep its four doors and improve the car by underpinning it with a closed-box unibody platform making it ideal for smoother on travel. On the front part we will see a rectangle shaped grille enamoured with chrome and front mask descending from the hood all the way through its fender and up till the trucks bottom.
Following current trends, it the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will come equipped with LED lights for both its front and rear lights, along with it a new and stronger set of wheels that will enable it to traverse through all types of rough roads.
This five-seater vehicle would also go through major revamp for its interior design as well as technology features. What we can offer at this moment is mere speculation but expect better infotainment and security tools on offer along with a top notch air-conditioning system. Based on what is mostly offered in current and next-gen vehicles, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline should have better connectivity features with Bluetooth and advanced USB ports, as well as a high-tech centre console system with touch-screen.
2017 Honda Ridgeline: Engine Specs
Under the hood equipments of this have still been left in the dark, but as per our assumptions it should be powered by a aluminium block 3.5 litre V6 engine that can produce up to 250 hp and torque of up to 245 lb-ft. There might be an announcement of a hybrid model becoming available in the future as well, but we’ll wait for more information to confirm these rumours.
2017 Honda Ridgeline: Price and Release Date
Reports state that 2017 Honda Ridgeline might be offered at a base price tag of $ 40 000 and will hit the showrooms in some part of 2016, after going through production in 2015.