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Honda Working on a Newer, More Traditional Ridgeline Pickup

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On: Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


Honda Working on a Newer, More Traditional Ridgeline Pickup

Honda revealed this week that a next-generation Ridgeline pickup truck is in the works. It plans to get the new truck to market within the next two years and has flashed a teaser rendering of what it will look like. 

Since launching in 2005, the first-generation Ridgeline has had a unique look in the pickup market, with its short, funky bed. It's also provided customers with a five-seat cabin, half-ton truck capability, a closed-box unibody platform, an In-Bed Trunk, and a dual-action tailgate. The generation will reach retirement by the middle of next year, paving the way for a new design.

"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."

Just like the original Ridgeline, the second-generation model is being designed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles and Ohio R&D centers. The first look at the design is a teaser sketch of its profile. While vague and shadowy, the sketch clearly shows a more traditional direction for the second-gen pickup truck, with a longer, flatter bed design and a square-back cabin to meet it. The design also includes a more swept windshield and cabin profile. The redesign looks good for those wanting a Honda pickup truck with more traditional dimensions, but not as good for those looking for the uniquely styled pickup that the first generation provided.

The first-generation Ridgeline will close out a solid year before it fades into the background. Helped by the recently introduced, range-topping 2014 Special Edition model, Honda has sold16,160 through the first 11 months of 2013, a 29-percent increase over 2012 sales.

Honda doesn't say it, but given the timing of this teaser, we wouldn't be surprised if an early version of the new Ridgeline shows up at next month's North American International Auto Show. If not, we expect to see it later in the year.




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