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Next Honda Ridgeline Set To Launch In Early 2021 With a Bold Redesign

Honda has redesigned the Ridgeline pickup for the 2021 model year.

The new Honda Ridgeline features standard V6 power, class-leading ride and handling, the segment’s largest interior for passengers and gear, a versatile bed, and the best standard AWD model payload capacity.

Exterior and Interior Tweaks

Honda uses all-new sheet metal for the vehicle. Exterior changes include new hood and front fenders, updated LED headlights, a more upright grille; a new front bumper adding broad side vents to improve aerodynamic performance.

A prominent skid plate emphasizes the Ridgeline’s new look. At the back, there is a reshaped bumper with aggressive new twin exhaust outlets.

New, tougher 18-inch wheels with all-season tires are available for all trims.

Four packages – Utility, Function, Function+, Honda Performance Development (HPD) – will be available on the new Ridgeline as post-production options.

The 2021 Ridgeline’s spacious cabin receives an updated Display Audio system, new cloth seat inserts (Sport trim), new contrast stitching on the seats.

The Sport, RTL and RTL-E trims have a new dashboard, a new steering wheel and center console accents.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance and safety functions.

Powertrain

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a 280-hp, 262-lb-ft, 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC V6 engine paired with a responsive nine-speed automatic transmission.

The i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system is available on the Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition Ridgelines.

The Intelligent Traction Dynamics System comes standard. It optimizes power delivery and distribution for various conditions.

New Platform

The next Honda Ridgeline features an exclusive platform design. The brand’s  proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and a robust fully independent rear suspension provide uncompromised ride comfort and handling on paved roads, while supporting a best-in-AWD class standard payload capacity of 1,580 lbs, and up to 5,000 lbs of towing capacity.

Bed

The Ridgeline’s extra-wide stance enables an extra-wide standard bed. It makes the model the only pickup truck in its class able to flat-carry 4-foot wide items between the wheel wells.

The Ridgeline comes standard with a washable, lockable In-Bed Trunk that offers an additional 7.3 ft3 of secure storage space under the bed floor.

The Dual-Action Tailgate opens downward or to the side. It makes access to cargo and the In-Bed Trunk, can handle dynamic loads of up to 300 pounds, and support long payloads (motorcycles, ATVs).

There are 8 standard tie-down cleats, 350-pounds each, to secure loads inside the bed.

The bed is constructed of glass fiber-reinforced SMC composite resisting dents and scratches with no need for a separate bed liner.

The new vehicle’s in-bed audio system utilizes four “exciters” to turn the bed into an outdoor speaker (available on the RTL-E and up trims).

Production

Honda R&D Americas in California and Ohio designed and developed the new Ridgeline. It is built along with its V6 engine at the plant in Lincoln, Alabama.

Prices and specifications will be available closer to the on-sale date early next year.

Source: Honda

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