Ten years ago, the first generation Honda Ridgeline has hit the North American market in the form of a mid-size sport utility truck (SUT). It seems that this new truck fairly well received by the market at that time. Evidently, the Ridgeline has sold 42,593 units in the U.S. market in 2005 and increased dramatically in 2006 with total sales of 50,193 units.
Unfortunately, Honda until now only offers a facelifted model since it was first introduced in March 2005. The Ridgeline facelift has been rolled out for the first time in 2009 by bringing fifty interesting changes, and since then the facelifted model continues to hit the market with some refreshment. However, productions of the first generation Honda Ridgeline have ended in mid-2014 and the Japanese automaker has committed to launch the All-New 2017 Ridgeline in the near future.
Honda Ridgeline sales have dropped sharply in 2014 with a total of only 13,389 units sold in the U.S. market and 1,803 units were sold in Canada. Inversely proportional to the Ridgeline sales in the U.S. market in 2006, which rose significantly to 50,193 units and 4,988 units sold in Canada at that time. It seems that Honda is already losing market share with its Ridgeline lineup, so the all-new model should be introduced in North America.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Redesign and Specs
According to some reliable sources, the second-generation 2017 Honda Ridgeline is currently under development and will get a full redesign, as well as much different from its predecessor. Concept version of the unibody pickup truck is likely to be introduced in the near future. However, in terms of design, the 2017 Ridgeline will have many similarities with the 2016 Honda Pilot crossover and adopt a more traditional styling with vertical rear C-pillar.
What we’ve heard so far is that the next generation Ridgeline will be built on the same platform as used by the 2014 Acura MDX and 2016 Honda Pilot. Not only about design styling and platform, but Honda will also install Pilot V6 engine on the all-new redesigned Ridgeline. Nevertheless, there will be a small modification on this engine in order to gain more power and better fuel economy compared to the current Honda Pilot.
Under the hood, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine that should be able to offer at least 300 horsepower and over 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be paired to a six-speed automatic transmission as standard with four-wheel drive configuration, while the 9-speed automatic gearbox will likely be offered on upper trim level models. As a reminder, the current Pilot engine capable of producing 280 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Release Date and Price Forecasts
Talking about release date, the all-new second-generation 2017 Honda Ridgeline will most likely arrive in the North American market in fall 2016 with a starting price of less than $30,000, according to some leaked information. The new model will compete in the same segment with rivals such as the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and GMC Canyon.
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