Next-Gen Honda Ridgeline Teased
It’s just a pickup silhouette.
But if you are a Honda loyalist, it should get the wheels turning.
Honda has started the marketing push two years out by releasing an artist’s outline of an all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup they say will come to market in less than two years.
This news falls in line with Honda ceasing production of the current Ridgeline, built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama, in mid-2014.
Honda says the next-gen pickup, like the innovative first-generation model is being designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles and Ohio R&D centers.
Ridgeline broke new ground in the American pickup market with its closed-box unibody platform, In-Bed Trunk and dual-action tailgate.
“The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks.”
Sales of Ridgeline have enjoyed strong momentum in 2013, strengthened recently by the introduction of a new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units through the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 29 percent.