Our reliable source claims that Honda has a plan to introduce a refreshed version of its only pickup truck. The updated 2019 Honda Ridgeline will reportedly arrive sometime next year, most likely at the very end. The early update is not something we have expected because the unibody truck achieves amazing sale figures. However, it seems that the Japanese car manufacturer doesn’t want to wait until the vehicle becomes uninteresting. Instead, they will do a few cosmetic changes and one pretty important enhancement.
2019 Honda Ridgeline: Powertrains and Fuel Economy
Judging by the information we have, the current 3.5-liter V-6 won’t be the only available engine in the future. The V6 unit delivers 280 hp and 262 lb-ft, powering either front or all four wheels via a six-speed automatic. All that’s okay, however, the pickup truck doesn’t achieve too good fuel economy results. With its 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22 combined in front-drive configuration, today’s pickup lacks behind Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, which are essentially the biggest rivals of the unibody pickup.
Honda has a solution, which will be named the 2019 Ridgeline Hybrid, or perhaps Sport Hybrid. Even though the car manufacturer has no intention to announce the arrival of the hybrid truck, we are pretty sure it’s in the works. Moreover, we know already what to expect.
According to information we have, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will use a system that combines a 3.0-liter V-6 with a special 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and a three-motor hybrid system. One of the motors will work together with the transmission, while the other two will motivate the rear wheels. This smart all-wheel drive system will be capable of delivering 321horsepower raising fuel economy to of 26 mpg city, 27 highway, and 27 combined.
Like we said, the 2019 Ridgeline will suffer some cosmetic changes as well. Though, don’t expect anything more than a slightly updated front end and perhaps an updated infotainment and safety systems. If it actually comes, the hybrid pickup truck might also feature special upholstery and perhaps some unique exterior colors, but nothing above that.
The updated pickup truck will keep its starting price unchanged. On the other hand, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will probably cost at least $8,000 to $10,000 more from the gasoline option, which will be a little bit south from $40,000.