Just after Honda confirmed that the a new Ridgeline pickup is on its way, we now have our first photos of a 2016 Honda Ridgeline pickup. Our spy photographers caught this prototype testing in the desert alongside an outgoing Ridgeline, and although the truck is heavily camouflaged at this point, we can see its overall shape matches an earlier teaser photo of the redesigned midsize pickup.
As opposed to the first Ridgeline which had an unconventional profile, with buttress-style bed rails and a blunt nose, this new 2016 Honda Ridgeline looks much more like a typical midsize pickup truck. It retains a crew-cab body, but looks to have a more conservative front end and a flat, traditional pickup bed in back. There doesn’t appear to be much of a difference in size between the old and new trucks, either, suggesting that the new Ridgeline will still be based on the same platform as the Honda Pilot SUV, which is also set to be redesigned this year.
We expect the 2016 Honda Ridgeline to use a version of Honda’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine that’s currently used in the Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey. The new truck may use an updated, direct-injection Earth Dreams version of the V-6 for more power and torque than the Pilot’s 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. Like the outgoing truck, the new Ridgeline is likely to come in only one configuration, a crew-cab with four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
It seems to us like the new Honda Ridgeline will more clearly target other midsize trucks like the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado with its more conventional styling. We’ll see how the new Honda can compete on the capability and driveablility fronts as we learn more about the 2016 Honda Ridgeline leading up to its debut which should occur sometime before the end of the year.