Ridgeline was introduced by the manufacturer, Honda back in the year 2005 as 2006 model. This first generation model was primarily built by Honda of Canada Manufacturing unit until 2008. Since then, it was relocated to Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. Currently, the manufacturer has already gone for sale for its second-generation Ridgeline model as 2017 Honda Ridgeline since June 2016. The next version of this model will be 2018 Honda Ridgeline.
What’s in the news?
According to rumors, the 2018 Ridgeline will come with minor if any modifications. Some reports suggest that Honda might offer the special edition version and more standard equipment. Being fully redesigned for the current model year, it is natural to expect minor changes but Honda might surprise its fans with a more aggressive trim option.
2018 Honda Ridgeline: Exterior
New Ridgeline moves away from the traditional truck design to a modern unibody design. This Pilot SUV-based truck sits on its enlarged underpinning and wheelbase in order to accommodate the cargo bed and includes beefed suspension components.
However, with the similar underpinning comes also a similar exterior design. Side body panels are almost identical as on the Pilot SUV except for the cargo bed. The model also adopts Honda’s latest design language in model’s front fascia reflected in the design of the grille and headlights.
All 2018 Honda Ridgeline model will include LED taillights while LED taillights will be available at the higher levels. The base models will have automatic halogen projector headlights and 18-inch wheels.
Interior and Features:
Looking at its interior design, we will also find almost identical layout as in the Pilot. That means comfortable seats, attractive design theme and well-arranged controls. The model will also offer more spacious cabin than its rivals and car-like features will also find their way in.
The model will be available with features like three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with infotainment controls, power adjustable front seats, driver memory setting, rear privacy glass, etc.
Available will also be an 8-inch screen infotainment system with smartphone apps integration, HD and Satellite radio, navigation, Pandora compatibility, etc.
The model will also come with some with some active safety systems. It will include features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and mitigation, rear cross traffic alert, blind-spot system, etc.
2018 Honda Ridgeline: Powertrain
Under the hood of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline will sit the same engine which debuted with 30 horsepower over the old power mill with the new generation of this model. This 3.6-liter V-6 engine can produce 280 hp and torque of 262 pound-feet. It works in combination with the six-speed automatic transmission and Honda offers the front-wheel drive on the Ridgeline as well.
Advanced all-wheel drive system will come as an option. This system can split power front to rear and between wheels depending on conditions and traction. There are also selectable terrain modes with Normal, Snow, Sand and Mud settings.
The Ridgeline also includes SUV-like suspension system for the SUV-like drive quality. Independent suspension with dual-action dampers, hydraulic bushings and responsive steering will provide well-composed handling and steering.
The model will also return respectable fuel economy of 22 mpg combined while will allow up to 5, 000 pounds of towing capacity.
2018 Honda Ridgeline: Price and Release Date
The price of 2018 Honda Ridgeline is still a mystery. The current vehicle gets a starting price of around $30,000 for its base model. The new 2018 Ridgeline won’t stray far from this point.
Some experts have sourced out that new Ridgeline will get its official release at the end of 2017. Well, this is just a prediction. Enthusiast buyers have to wait until the manufacturer puts some green light on to this context.