2017 Ridgeline bows at auto show in Detroit

Honda today unveiled its 2017 Ridgeline pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

2017 Honda Ridgeline (Photo by Honda)

The new Ridgeline will launch in the first half of 2016. It’s based on what Honda calls its Global Light Truck platform with its rigid, lightweight unibody construction and fully independent suspension.

The Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC™ V-6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings.

The Ridgeline also will be available for the first time 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.

At 5′ wide and 5’4″ long (5.4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the previous generation Ridgeline), the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has the only 4-foot wide flat bed space (with 48 inches between the rear wheel arches) in the midsize pickup class, according to the company.

The truck will also offer payload capacity approaching 1,600 pounds, and has what Honda said is the industry’s first in-bed audio system.

Safety features, according to Honda, include:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Multi-angle rearview