Honda just revealed the second generation of the midsize Ridgeline pickup at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit. Utilizing unibody construction and Honda’s global light truck platform, the Ridgeline is a pickup for people who don’t always need the full capabilities that full-size trucks offer. When developing its new truck, the company’s focus instead appears to have been on everyday comfort and on-road driving characteristics. The Ridgeline comes in FWD with AWD as an option.
Touting the same 3.5L V6 found in the Pilot, the Ridgeline will reportedly have best-in-class acceleration and fuel economy, although exact figures were not mentioned during the press conference. The sole transmission will be a 6-speed automatic. Keeping the Ridgeline’s ride as supple as possible is a fully independent suspension. AWD models will get Honda’s i-VTM4 torque vectoring system with Intelligent Terrain Management with settings for mud, sand, and snow.
Precise towing and payload figures were also not mentioned, although we’re told payload should approach 1600 lbs. The bed will have four-foot of flat bed space between the rear wheel wells with additional storage capacity provided by a lockable in-bed trunk system. The bed can be accessed via a dual-action tailgate, which is hinged at the bottom and the left side. The bed also features an industry-first in-bed audio system with recessed speakers (not exposed to the elements) with a total of 540W of power.
Inside, the Ridgeline promises to have the largest cabin space in the midsize truck segment and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Other interior features include tri-zone climate control, push-button start, and an 8-inch display. Connectivity will be provided by Apple Car Play and Android Auto.