We’ve known for quite some time now that 2014 will be the final year for the current-generation Honda Ridgeline , but an official confirmation came today when Honda released the first teaser image of the next-generation pickup and announced that it is set to arrive "within two years."
According to Honda officials, the "next-generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment." Also, it looks like the next Ridgeline will play an important role in Honda’s future "product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."
The current Ridgeline enjoyed relatively decent success in a market that’s starving for midsize pickups. In fact, sales in 2013 grew by 29 percent, thanks in part to the addition of the new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units. This jump in sales can also be credited to a relative lack of competition in the midsize truck realm.That said, the Ridgeline will have an all-new, midsize Chevy Colorado to contend with when it does return in a few years.
Honda failed to reveal any information on what will power the new Ridgeline, but we suspect the same V-6 powertrain, but with output closer to the 300-horsepower mark. A four-cylinder setup is a possibility, given the Colorado has a four-pot offering, so keep an eye out for that too.
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Today, Honda announced a special-edition Ridgeline that completes the 2014 Ridgeline lineup that hit the market back in September. The model is priced from $37,505 and includes leather trimming and navigation as standard features.
The new Ridgeline Special Edition is offered with exclusive 18-inch, aluminum alloy wheels with black-trimmed spokes and it is distinguished by a black exterior trim package that includes black headlight and taillight housings, black tailgate and black honeycomb grille with black surround. It also gets "Special Edition" badges on the tailgate to let folks know that this is any regular old Ridgeline.
As standard, the new Ridgeline Special Edition comes with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Zagat Survey restaurant information. It also includes XM Radio, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a multi-information display.
Buyers can order the 2014 Ridgeline Special Edition in three exterior colors — Taffeta White, Crystal Black and Alabaster Silver — and they all come with black leather interior.
The 2014 model year will be the final year for the current-generation Ridgeline , Honda will put it to rest and focus on developing the next-generation Ridgeline that is set to arrive in 2016.
As expected, Honda decided to make this final run of Ridgelines special, and it did so by adding a new, top-of-the-line Special Edition model. This new version will hit showrooms in November, while the rest of the lineup is already on sale.
Honda unveiled the current Ridgeline in 2006, and the only updates it received arrived in 2009 when Honda added a few extra features and in 2011 when Honda added the Ridgeline Sport version.
For the 2014 model year, the Ridgeline will come in five trim levels: RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and Special Edition, with prices starting from $29,575 and going up to $37,505 for the new Special Edition model.
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Honda unveiled today details on the 2011 Ridgeline pick-up. For 2011 it will be offered in three trim levels: RT, RTL and RTS, all available with standard anti-lock brakes; VSA; brake assist; advanced multiple-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s SRS airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System(OPDS); two-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; front seat active head restraints; a tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
For 2011 Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a total of 250 HP at 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 15/20/17.
The Ridgeline integrates an independent suspension with MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link with trailing arm design in the rear. The VSA system with active yaw control monitors lateral (cornering) stability and can integrate traction control, four-wheel drive, anti-lock braking, throttle control and stability control functions by modulating brake power at each wheel and controlling throttle input.
SEMA is all about showing off what accessories are available in the parts catalogue. So Honda rummaged around its box-o-fun and came up with the Ridgeline Powersports Concept.
It’s not so much enhancing the Ridgeline, but what you can do with a Ridgeline. Honda picked a product from their other line of vehicles (a CRF 450R motorcycle) and showed how it can be strapped into the back of Honda’s truck. The small back of the Ridgeline also then gets to show off the use of the bed extender. Other features include a new grille and black finish 18" wheels, which Honda is testing the market’s reaction before making available.
Honda released details on the 2009 Ridgeline, a pick-up that comes with a total of 50 significant changes and new features.
Front and rear styling updates combine to create a more-chiseled overall appearance with revisions to the grille, bumpers, and headlight and taillight color combinations. Inside, styling updates include revised three-dimensional-style meters, a new steering wheel design, and enhanced controls, buttons and displays for the air conditioning, audio, cruise control and headlights.
New technology-friendly features include the addition of a 115-volt power outlet on the Ridgeline RTL, MP3/auxiliary input jack on the Ridgeline RTS and RTL, and all audio systems become MP3/WMA compatible. New safety features include active front seat head restraints and daytime running lights. Capable of accommodating 4-foot-wide sheets of plywood between the wheel wells, the composite cargo bed, gains two cargo tie-down points.
All 2009 Ridgelines are powered by a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine. A 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission and a Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel drive system are standard. The EPA rates city/highway/combined fuel economy at 15/20/17.
Honda will unveil a redesigned version of its Ridgeline pick-up next year. The 2009 Ridgeline will take design cues from the recently released 2009 Pilot .
Up front it will feature an all new, Pilot-inspired grill, a reworked bumper cover and two extra set of lights down low. At the rear we can see a freshened set of tail lights, a new lower bumper that now flows into the fender flares and a backup camera lens next to the handle on the tailgate.
Next to the current engine line-up the future Ridgeline will also be powered by a 6-cylinder diesel engine.
Introduced as a 2006 model in March 2005, the mid-sized Ridgeline brought a number of innovative and exclusive new features to the half-ton truck segment including an In-Bed Trunk(TM) and a fully independent four-wheel suspension. Recipient of both the prestigious Motor Trend Truck of the Year and North American Truck of the Year in 2006, the 2007 Ridgeline receives a new value-oriented RTX trim level that comes with a standard trailer hitch and popular features such as alloy wheels, accessory grill and body-color painted door handles.
The new Honda Ridgeline is loaded with truck essentials, like rough-road capability, durable, rigid construction and plenty of versatile cargo room. Whether you throw down big payloads or rough roads, this rig can handle it. Plus, the Ridgeline is the first and only 4-door pickup to achieve the highest government crash test rating (5 stars) for both frontal and side-impact tests. And, it has the lowest chance of rollover among all pickup trucks tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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