Honda debuted its second-generation 2017 Ridgeline with a sporty refresh for the mid-size pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The 2017 Ridgeline adds technology updates, improved driving dynamics, and a more versitable bed that includes an "in-bed truck" storage locker, dual-action tailgate, and in-bed audio system.
The truck improves ride quality with a unibody platform, as well as independent front and rear suspension. It offers a roomier interior than competitive models, according to Honda. For 2017, the truck sheds its quirky first-generation looks for a more traditional design.
A 3.5L direct-injected V-6 powers the Ridgeline, delivering power via a 6-speed transmission. Honda is targeting "segment-leading EPA fuel economy ratings."
Honda has increased the size of the bed to better accommodate flat hauling of items like plywood sheeting or drywall. The bed measures 5 feet wide and 5-foot-4-inches long, which is 5.4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the previous model. The truck's bed provides 4 feet of width in the flat bed space with 48 inches between the rear wheel arches.
The truck includes the lockeable In-Bed Truck secure storage space. The dual action tailgate is hinged at the bottom and along its left side, opening down or to the side for 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.
The Ridgeline will offer a payload capacity near 1,600 pounds. Final specifications will be released closer to launch.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet