The all-new, mid-size Honda Ridgeline arrived for the 2017 model year and it still remains the only unibody design pickup truck on the market. Hyundai promised to bring the SUV-derived Santa Cruz model after presented the concept version but the release date hasn’t been revealed yet. Because of that, the Ridgeline continues to deliver unrivaled ride quality while can’t match the towing and off-road capability of the models with the body placed on the chassis.
The current Ridgeline is the single V-6 powertrain, crew cab only, six trim pickup truck. The model is an unchanged form for the 2019 model year but following the mid-update of the Pilot SUV, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline should benefit from the similar upgrades as the three-row, mid-size SUV.
The next Ridgeline should introduce the minor styling update and receive the newest infotainment system. The advanced safety systems should also become part of every version. Honda might also bring the promised hybrid powertrain for the new model year but no proof yet it is going to happen.
2020 Honda Ridgeline: Design
The new 2020 Honda Ridgeline won’t change structurally or its proportions. The model will again appear in the four-door, crew cab style only but similar styling modification as on the refreshed 2019 Pilot SUV should be visible on the next Ridgeline.
The front section of the model should introduce a slightly revised grille design paired with the modernized headlights. The fog lights should also be placed in the re-sculpted housings while the lower bumper area should also get new garnish elements.
The hood style and profile lines will remain in the same form but the rear section should also follow with the similar modifications as on the front fascia. The revised taillights should appear on the multi-functional tailgate.
The interior of the next Ridgeline will remain a familiar design. The comfortable and handsome interior will come with the supportive seats and SUV-like dash style.
The model should, however, add the brand’s new infotainment system. The same unit as on the refreshed Pilot SUV should improve the performance and menu structure while displaying all on the new 8-inch touchscreen. The system will provide Apple Car Play and Android Auto in all trims except the base. CabinControl and Cabin Talk should also be available for the control of the climate control, rear seat entertainment and audio controls by the passengers.
For the new model year, the Ridgeline will also deliver the Safety Sense suite in all versions. The models will rely on the adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, etc. The blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic will also be available but in upper grades.
2020 Honda Ridgeline: Powertrain
The Ridgeline truck shares the platform and underpinnings with the Pilot SUV and the V-6 engine is also the part of both models. The 2019 Pilot received the revised 9-speed automatic transmission which could find the way into the 2020 Honda Ridgeline since the current version comes only with the six-speed auto gearbox.
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine will remain under the hood of the 2020 Ridgeline. The engine makes 280 hp and torque of 262 pound-feet. The model will offer the two- and four-wheel-drive option but the lack of the low range gearing and ride height of the typical trucks will limit the off-road capability. The truck will also stay behind the classmates with the max towing of 5, 000 pounds.
The possible upgrade for the next Ridgeline could, however, be the hybrid powertrain version which Honda promised for its entire light-truck range. No precise details about the electrified powertrain but the same technology from the Accord Hybrid sedan should be used in the process. The system comprises the Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine mixed with the two electric motors and the battery pack. The system provides 42 mpg combined fuel efficiency in the Accord’s application but we will see the ratings in the Ridgeline’s case. The V-6 powertrain is rated 18/25 mpg city/highway with the all-wheel drive.
2020 Honda Ridgeline: Release, Price
Honda will reveal more details about the 2020 Honda Ridgeline closer to its launch date in late 2019. If the model follows with the expected updates the price should climb slightly and start above $30, 000.