A big day for Honda’s truck team. It debuted the all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup Monday at the Detroit Auto Show. Honda has high hopes for the new midsize pickup which has a new more conventional look than its predecessor along with some tech surprises.
The unusual styling of the old Ridgeline is gone, and that includes its high-walled cargo bed. The new model looks downright normal in comparison and Honda hopes it will give the truck a broader appeal.
As for the biggest surprise, that would be an industry first cargo bed 540-watt cargo sound system. Yes, the bed of the truck is wired for sound. Honda says it turns the truck into the “ultimate tailgating vehicle.”
Other tech features include a tri-zone climate control system, push button start, and leather trim. It also comes with a 60/40-split and folding second-row seat. An eight-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Ridgeline is based on on Honda’s Global Light Truck unibody platform.
Under the hood, the Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This will also be the first time drivers can choose between front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive models will utilize Honda’s i-VTM4 torque vectoring AWD technology, featuring Intelligent Terrain Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes.
The truck will launch in the first half of 2016.