Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Honda Teases Us With Second Gen Ridgeline Photo For 2016

I fell in love with the recent Honda Ridgeline after utilizing one in the mountains that a friend had. It offered innovative storage spaces, was all wheel drive, and had a decent interior.  The only thing was that it could not even town over 5,000lbs and thats because it had a V6 powertrain.  Kinda weak right?

Honda has recently leaked photos of their 2016 second generation Ridgeline that looks more like the "Truck" image we all think of.  I bet some people are going to be a little bummed that it doesn't have those trunk rails, but most people didn't like them anyways.

I'm excited to see it, even if it is another 2 years.

Second Generation Honda Ridgeline

Honda Motors--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. 

Text from Honda
Originally found on Automotive News