Honda is one of the eldest names in the pick-up truck industry. However the present model hasn’t been quite lived up to the expectation of this Japanese company. In order to stay strong in this segment they have announced release of the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline.
This new pickup truck should look perfect in every possible way and when it hits dealership, it could face competition from the likes of Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier.
2018 Honda Ridgeline – Engine Specs and MPG
2018 Honda Ridgeline will probably come with a power-packed 3.5 liter V6 matet to a 6-speed transmission. The drive will be on back or on all four wheels. Outputs of this powertrain during the testing phases were 300 HP and about 280 lb-ft torque.
EPA ratings for city will be 21 mpg, for highways will be 28 mpg and combined will be 24 mpg. Towing capacity for AWD is expected to be more than 5,000 pounds and for RWD it is expected to be more than 3,500 pounds. The payload capacity will be around 1600 pounds.
The new Honda’s pickup comes with a classy body but with using more of the recently employed elements. One interesting aspect of this new model will be its lock-enabled truck. In the frontal part, grille will come with premium chrome finishes. Its headlights will integrate active LED daytime running lights as well as HID projectors and turn signals. Air vents on the lower fascia will apparently grow; only to dominate the frontal bumper.
Honda Ridgeline 2018 will also see restyled alloy wheels holding all-season tires. In its rear end, taillights will also get some minor tweaks with more robust tailgate.
If the exterior of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline is robust, its interior will appear luxurious. Seats and steering wheels will get quality leather coverings. The cabin has a straight forward approach mostly to focus on functionality and practicality.
Changes are to come heavy on its central console as the controls will have ergonomic arrangements. Its infotainment comes with a new face and syncs with hi-fi audio. This information center is also expected to incorporate HD Satellite Radio and smartphone integration. This includes- Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free.
Its lower dash will get metallic highlights for a premium styling. Its rear seats are supposed to grow spacious with increased legroom and shoulder room. Some safety features include:
- Multi-stage airbags
- Hill descent assist
- Seat occupancy sensor
- Seatbelt pre-tensioners
- Side-impact beams
- Vehicle stability control
- Engine Immobilizer
2018 Honda Ridgeline – Release date and price
Though there are no official information about exact release date, this model will probably be available at the dealership in late 2017. Price will be similar like for the present model. This means that the base trim will cost around $30,000 while the price of the full equipped model can reach $43,000.