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The much-anticipated 2017 Honda Ridgeline truck made its debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show on Monday (Jan. 11). The four-door truck features Honda’s “In-Bed Trunk,” dual-action tailgate and an in-bed audio system.
The new Ridgeline is based on Honda’s Global light truck platform with its rigid yet lightweight unibody construction, next-generation ACE body structure, and fully independent suspension.
The truck will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, targeting best-in-class acceleration performance and leading EPA fuel economy ratings, according to Honda.
Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new Ridgeline will launch in the first half of 2016 with a combination of features and capabilities, according to Honda, including:
- Advanced handling, ride quality, cabin quietness and all-weather traction capabilities courtesy of its unibody construction, chassis, and available i-VTM4 torque-vectoring AWD system
- 4-foot-wide flat bed space along with payload capacity approaching 1,600 pounds (final specifications to be released closer to launch)
- Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies
- Connectivity with 8-inch display featuring Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility
The Ridgeline also will be available in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations. 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.
Inside, the Ridgeline is available in leather trim and includes a 60/40-split and folding second-row seat, tri-zone climate control, push button start, and full-color TFT center meter.
The Ridgeline bed measures 5-feet wide and 5-feet-by-4-inches long. The composite, UV-stabilized and scratch-resistant bed also includes an available 400-watt AC power inverter. The standard, lockable In-Bed Trunk provides secure storage space and now features a fully flat floor while including a drain plug for easier cleaning and evacuation of water from the trunk.
The dual action tailgate is hinged both at the bottom and along its left side, opening down or to the side, which enables easier loading and unloading of heavy and bulky items without having to reach over the open tailgate. The bed also features eight 350-pound tie down cleats and an available 400-watt power inverter, located behind an access panel in the right bed wall, with the capacity to recharge power tools or energize a tailgate blender or flat screen TV.