Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Honda Bringing Ridgeline Back in 2016

Fans of the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck know that the model took a year of production off so that engineers could put together a stunning new next-generation version of the vehicle, which means after seeing no new Ridgeline models during the 2015 model year, Honda is ready to debut the redesigned 2016 Honda Ridgeline at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month.

So far, actual details on the update have been relatively scarce, which makes sense considering how much stock automakers put into their Detroit debuts, but Honda brass is saying that the truck will “challenge conventional thinking in the midsize pickup segment,” and we here at Pacific Honda are excited to see how, exactly, that all comes to fruition.

“We developed this new Honda Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better-suited to the way many buyers use their truck,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda from incredible packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative, segment-first features.”

Honda did release a teaser image of the pickup back in December, which doesn’t really tell us much other than the fact that this is, in fact, going to be a pickup truck, but based on what Honda has done with other vehicles in the past it would be reasonable to expect a lot of really great safety and technological features, as well as solid fuel economy and good drivetrain options. The power numbers haven’t been released yet, but we can rest reasonably assured that they will be good, and that the Ridgeline will be everything we hoped it would be while we waited a year for it to return with a vengeance.

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