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.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Honda Ridgeline.
Another pickup that enjoys awesome sales numbers is the Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma has a long tradition on the market, as the current generation has been on sale since 2005, with the only update being offered for the 2012 model year.
The Tacoma is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that produces 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and a 4.0-liter V-6 that provides 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet.
We anticipate a new-generation Tacoma by time the Ridgeline returns in 2016.
Gallery Toyota Tacoma
The current Frontier has been on the market since 2005, with the only update being a light front-end refresh in 2009.
The Frontier is offered with a choice of two engines: a four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 152 horsepower or a V-6 engine that delivers a total of 261 horsepower.
While no announcements were made, we expect the Frontier to enter a new generation by 2016.
Gallery Nissan Frontier
Much like the Ridgeline is set to do, the Colorado took a few years off before returning in time for the 2015 model year. The Colorado rolls in with an all-new look that more closely resembles its big brother, the Silverado 1500, and it carries a line of new engines.
These new engine range from a 2.5-liter, inline four-pot engine with 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to a 3.6-liter V-6 with 302 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of twist. In 2016 — just in time for the Ridgeline’s re-introduction — we also expect to see a 2.8-liter I-4 turbo-diesel engine that churns out 200 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque.
Gallery Chevrolet Colorado
Honda unveiled the Ridgeline was unveiled initially as the SUT concept in 2004 and the production version arrived in March 2005 as a 2006 model. The model was built on the same platform as the Acura MDX platform, just like the Pilot.
Some of the cool features offered by Ridgeline include a ladder frame-unibody hybrid chassis and a four-wheel independent suspension that ensures improved stability and handling under load.
During its life, the Ridgeline remained pretty much unchanged, except some new features offered in 2009, a new Ridgeline Sport version added to the lineup in 2011 and a Special Edition to celebrate the last year of production.
Gallery Honda Ridgeline
An all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck will come to market in less than two years and, today, Honda shared a sketch expressing the new truck’s styling direction. Honda also confirmed that production of the current Ridgeline (http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline/), built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama, will conclude in mid-2014.
Like the innovative first-generation model that earned 2006 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend Truck of the Year honors after its fall 2005 debut, the next-gen Ridgeline is being designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles and Ohio R&D centers.
The Honda Ridgeline broke new ground in the American pickup market with its unique design featuring a spacious five-passenger cabin, smooth ride and handling, and half-ton truck capability. The first truck of its kind to be built on a closed-box unibody platform, the Ridgeline introduced innovative new features to the pickup segment, such as its large In-Bed Trunk® and dual-action tailgate.
"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," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."
Sales of Ridgeline have enjoyed strong momentum in 2013, strengthened recently by the introduction of a new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units through the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 29 percent.