A few months ago, Honda unveiled the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline during the North American International Auto Show. The new model boasts of Honda exclusive technologies, design and features that undoubtedly set the benchmark for comfort, capability, and versatility in its class. The Honda Ridgeline release date should be expected sometime late this year (2016) or early next year as a 2017 year model.
According to the executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., John Mendel, “We are bringing our unique technology and original thinking to the market in a new and exciting way for a Honda pickup. We still have that notion that we’re headed in the right direction with a truck that uses the Honda packaging magic and unibody construction to deliver more of what our customers demand of us.”
Some of the superior capabilities and features the new Honda Ridgeline 2017 is expected to come with include a superior on-road performance unlike anything else on the market as we see it today. Honda says, the new model will offer segment leading all-weather traction capability, cabin quietness, ride quality, and best handling thanks to the available i-VTM4 torque-vectoring AWD system, sophisticated chassis, and a unibody construction.
Interior space is also something that typically is taken with a pinch of salt, however, the new model offers the only 4-foot-wide flat wide bed and one of the largest and most versatile cabin, along with impressive payload capacities. In terms of class-exclusive and innovative features, the new model offers a first in-bed audio system, dual-action tailgate, and an In-Bed Trunk.
Safety and driver-assist technologies include third-party collision safety ratings, next-gen ACE body structure and a suite of Honda Sensing safety features. The entertainment front features an Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility and an eight-inch Display Audio system.
Inasmuch as the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline specs allude to a car that is spacious, versatile, and downright sophisticated, the segment isn’t without alternatives. Rivals nipping its heels include Toyota Tacoma, and the Chevrolet Colorado. The Colorado, just like the Ridgeline took off some time to cool off its heels, and now returns with a boatload of new technologies and capabilities. Along with its GMC twin, the Colorado set the epitome of a traditional mid-size truck, sporting respectable payload and towing capacities, honest 4WD systems, and ladder frames.
The Toyota Tacoma is arguably one of the finest rivals the Ridgeline will have to face in the market. The Tacoma prides itself in being the top seller in the market for almost a decade now despite lacking any substantial overhaul. However, for 2017, it has set the bar high as it is also getting a thorough make over that will undoubtedly get tongues wagging. It will be interesting to see how things fare for the three vehicles once each is offered for sale.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Engine Specs
While Honda hasn’t released the official 2017 Honda Ridgeline specs, under the hood is a familiar 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine out of – you probably guessed it right – the Pilot. This mill is expected to route the power generated – 280 hp and 262 lbs. ft. of torque – to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.
Four modes – Normal, Mud, Snow, and Sand – are available with the Intelligent Terrain Management software that is offered with the all-new AWD system that utilizes Honda’s i-VTM4 torque vectoring transfer case.
There is no denying the fact that the Ridgeline is designed to spend a huge chunk of its life riding empty on paved roads. As such, Honda says the new truck will be capable of “medium-duty” off-roading and towing capacities while maintaining an impressive on-road driving feel.
Of course more specs will be available on its released date including the 2017 Honda Ridgeline towing capacity, MPG, and bed and trim configurations.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Interior Accessories & Exterior Pictures
Some of the standard features to expect include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a sliding rear window, a six-speaker audio system, voice controls, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a bedliner, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, remote keyless entry, sixteen-inch black alloy wheels, bumpers and mirror caps, body-color door handles, a sliding rear window, cruise control, and chrome exterior accents.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Release Date & Price
Rumors within the industry say the vehicle will probably go for sale sometime late this year (2016) of early next year.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline price starts from around $30,000, albeit based on speculation.