Alongside the debut of the 2016 Honda Pilot crossover at the 2015 Chicago auto show, Honda released a more revealing teaser sketch of the next-generation of Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. The teaser photo shows the next generation of Ridgeline will share some styling with the new Pilot, albeit with a unique rear end. Honda previously showed a line drawing of the new Ridgeline, and our spy photographers caught a prototype for the truck testing last month (see photo gallery).
The 2016 Honda Ridgeline appears to be near production form, but rides on wheels a little too radical for full-blown production. The new Ridgeline will ditch the unpopular sloping buttress for the rear bed present on the previous generation of Ridgeline, in favor of a more conventional design with a flat, vertical rear window, hoping to appeal to a wider range of truck buyers. The teaser also shows that curvier lines and more bodyside creases dominate the next-gen Ridgeline, compared to the previous generation of Honda’s truck.
The previous generation of Honda Ridgeline ran for eight model years, from 2006 to 2014. It makes sense for Honda to launch a new version to compete against new rivals from General Motors, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2015 GMC Canyon. We expect the next generation of Ridgeline to be powered by a variant of the 3.5-liter V-6 found in the new 2016 Honda Pilot, with a likely power output of 250 or more horsepower. Expect weight to be lowered through high-strength steel and aluminum components, with emphasis on competing within its segment, without trying to pull buyers away from larger, full size trucks.
Look for more detail in the coming months when the 2016 Honda Ridgeline officially debuts later this year.