2018 Honda Ridgeline Release Date

Honda has recently unveiled the long-awaited second generation of the Ridgeline. Although Honda killed off the original Ridgeline in 2014, the all-new model using the same nameplate is expected to hit the showrooms later in 2016. The upcoming version retains the unibody platform but its exterior design has been brought closer to a traditional pickup truck look. In terms of styling, the resurrected Ridgeline is more akin to the likes of the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Arriving only a year after the whole new model made its debut, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline will be virtually unchanged both outside and inside.

 Design and Features

Just like its predecessor, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline will be based on the unibody platform, sharing the same architecture with the Honda Pilot. It will also inherit some of the unconventional features from the first-generation model, such as the two-way tailgate or the bed with lockable storage. However, the redesigned Ridgeline adopts a more conventional styling that doesn’t stray too far from the rest of the segment. Interestingly, the most striking exterior feature seen on the recently revealed model was the huge Honda logo fitted on its front end. When it comes to the utilitarian side, expect the all-new Ridgeline to bring a significantly larger cargo bed. With its 60 inches in width and 64 inches in length, it is 5.4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the one offered by its predecessor. According to the automaker, the new cargo bed is currently the largest in the midsize pickup truck segment.

2018 Honda Ridgeline

Another notable feature associated with the new cargo bed is the 540-watt audio option with six speakers integrated with the bed walls. The new cabin will be replete with upgraded materials, capable of accomodating five passengers. Expect to see Honda’s latest infotainment system that comprises an 8-inch touch screen as well as Apple Car Play or Android Auto capability. Thanks to a number of advanced safety systems, Honda is pretty confident that the 2018 Honda Ridgeline will score only the top safety ratings.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Engine Specs

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline will use the same 3.5-liter V6 that powers the new Pilot SUV. Unfortunately, official output numbers for this unit have yet to be released. As for the first-generation Ridgeline, it came with a 3.5-liter V6 that generated 250 horsepower and 247 lb-t of torque. Now, the current Pilot’s engine delivers 280 hp and and 262 lb-ft of torque. We’re also still awaiting EPA ratings for the new Ridgeline, but the automaker claims the new model will be the class-leading when it comes to the fuel economy.

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is most likely to go on sale in the second half of 2017.

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