A new teaser photo gives us our clearest look yet at the all-new Honda Ridgeline, which will make its debut in January at the 2016 Detroit auto show. As earlier teaser photos and spy photos revealed, the new Ridgeline has a more traditional truck shape than its predecessor, ditching the angled buttresses behind the cab in favor of a squared-off box with subtle fender flares.
Though there are few official details so far, Honda officials claim the Ridgeline will make a splash in the midsize truck segment, competing with the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon.
“Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda, from incredible packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative, segment-first features,” Honda Division senior vice president Jeff Conrad said in a statement.
Because it will share its basic platform with the 2016 Honda Pilot crossover, expect the Ridgeline to use a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and either a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission, depending on trim. Like the prior version, the Ridgeline will likely be a unibody vehicle even though its rivals use more traditional body-on-frame construction.
Visually, we expect the new Honda Ridgeline to have a more aerodynamically sculpted windshield than before, as well as a more modern nose with Honda’s new wide-mouth chrome grille and large headlights. As on all modern Hondas, look for a long list of active-safety technologies, as well as connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The truck’s design was also previewed by a Honda Baja off-road racing truck.
Stay tuned for more details once the Honda Ridgeline debuts in Detroit on January 11, 2016. The truck goes on sale in the first half of next year.