Honda has announced that the new generation of its Ridgeline pickup will make its debut in January—first at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, then in an ad during Super Bowl 50, on February 7, 2016.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline will enter segment of the market that’s growing, and far more competitive than the one that it left after the 2014 model year.
The previous-generation model was one of just a few entries in a lagging segment. But with the introduction of the latest Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, along with a fully redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma and an upcoming U.S.-spec version of the Ford Ranger—as well as, potentially, a pickup from Hyundai—there are suddenly many possibilities either here or on the horizon.
2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup preview sketch
The Honda Ridgeline is expected to continue with modified unibody construction, shared somewhat with the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX, although Honda has hinted that there might be a few more structural differences this time. And don't be surprised to see both fuel-efficiency figures and tow ratings up for the new truck.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline will again be U.S.-built—at the company’s plant in Lincoln, Alabama. It’s likely at dealerships by late spring or early summer.