After a short, two-year pause, Honda, the leading Japanese multinational auto manufacturer, is taking an additional shot at the pickup sector, introducing its all-fresh, second-cohort Ridgeline for the model year 2017 at the 2016 auto show held in Detroit. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is an innovative medium-sized pickup truck, which will release shortly for sale to the public all over the world.
It is expected to come with extraordinary features, particularly highlighting the in-bed acoustic feature, which is appealing and self-explanatory. If the owners of the vehicle would like to play music through speakers in the automobile bed, it is just a key-push away. Although many are quick to reject this unibody mid-size vehicle, it is expected that next Honda Ridgeline 2017 would stack up well to vie with the present competition.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Changes, Exterior
As the earlier Ridgeline did when it was unveiled at the same Detroit auto show held in 2005, the new Ridgeline 2017 is closely associated with the Pilot crossover and shares its engine and the unibody platform. However, this time, the future Honda Ridgeline will not only be offered with both front-wheel and four-wheel drive systems, making it the only automobile with a cargo bed thus outfitted.
The 2017 model Ridgeline resembles a good, four-door pickup truck when compared to the earlier Ridgeline that had rather an awkward look, a droopy back fascia, buttressed C-pillars and a tailgate, which looked one size excessively small.
The front fascia of the new Honda Ridgeline 2017 is significantly more butch, owing to a low front bumper when compared with the Pilot. This offers the new vehicle a suitably physically powerful and wide countenance, while stylists appreciatively stood firm against the urge to slap on an unnaturally massive grille and soak the thing in dressing and chrome. Definitely, taste has succeeded from stem to firm, with delicate fender arches and body-side surfaces, standard-size mirrors, and straightforward tail lights with a C-shaped lighting pattern.
The earlier Ridgeline had several tricks up its sleeve, chiefly in back, and the new model vehicle promises to be as smart. As earlier, the bed itself is delivered in composites, but currently, it is different from the cab and has increased in length to five feet four inches and in width to five feet. According to Honda, the 2017 model Ridgeline will be the only medium-sized truck with the flat floor space of 48 inches between the wheel arcs.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Interior
The automaker has not yet revealed the high-tech interior features, but it has been confirmed that the new truck will be provided with triple-zone automatic temperature control, push-button start, leather upholstery and an eight-inch display acoustic system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. Versatility is improved by 60:40-split back seats that can be folded up or down.
The next generation Honda Ridgeline also comes outfitted with LaneWatch system of the company that displays a copy from a camera, which is installed under the passenger-side mirror on the middle screen. This feature may be quite useful when compared to that of the small sedans of Honda, chiefly when the cargo bed is completely filled. Furthermore, the greatest payload of the vehicle is expected to be 1600 pounds (approx 728 kg), which is more than that of the Pilot.
Honda has not yet revealed about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline engine figures. It is confirmed that it will be powered by the same engine as that of the Pilot. Consequently, it will be a V6, direct-injected engine with the displacement of 3.5 liters. Furthermore, this engine is finely tuned to offer the new vehicle more power of 300 ponies and a slightly less torque of 245 lbs per foot than those received by the Pilot, which were 280 ponies and 262 lbs per foot.
There is also a difference in the towing capacity of the new model Ridgeline according to the drive modes. The 2017 Ridgeline will have a towing capacity of 6000 or 7000 pounds in a case of front-wheel drive mode, and 7000 pounds in case all-wheel drive mode when compared to that of 5000 pounds of the earlier model.
The engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox or ZF nine-speed automatic transmission.
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Price and date of release
The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline release date is expected to be during the 2016 fall with the base price of $ 29,575.
2017 Ridgeline Pictures