The all-new Ridgeline has just been released, and so far it has been quite successful. However, just like with most new releases, the car is not nearly perfect. In the US it still is lacking some features which are otherwise unavailable on the Canadian version. For the upcoming 2018 Honda Ridgeline, it seems there might be some changes and upgrades. Honda didn’t make any official comments on these, but there are plenty of sources saying some interesting stuff about the new Ridgeline.
For starters, it seems that Honda may start to offer just a version for all the markets it’s being sold in. This should allow them on focusing on making the truck better. A new engine has also been rumored but more on that a bit later.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Release Date And Price
The Ridgeline remains one of the most interesting trucks on the US market. Why? Well, it is the only truck currently on sale that doesn’t feature a body-on-frame design. In fact, it shares its entire running gear, engine and most of the tech with the Pilot crossover. It has a unibody design, it is only available in a cab configuration, and it has one of the worst tow ratings. Despite that people still, buy it. This is because it offers plenty for the regular buyer. It is considerably more comfortable than the competition, it is quite fuel efficient, and it is capable enough. The only real drawback with the new model has to be the missing features which are about to be introduced on the upcoming 2018 Honda Ridgeline. We do hope that at least the base price is not going to change much. Also, if the rumors end up to be true, then the new features might be added as an extra package which could be a great deal. Regarding the release date of 2018 Ridgeline, you should expect it in the last months of 2017, probably in late autumn. Ths is one scenario where Japanese automaker transfers Ridgeline completely unchanged into the next MY. In case that they opt for more changes release could be postponed for early 2018. Stay with us for more details.
It is quite clear that the 2018 model of the Ridgeline won’t change much in terms of looks. In the front, it currently shares its basic traits with the Pilot. The only differences are the different grille and beefier-looking bumper. Honda may add a more Pilot-like look into the mix with a higher end model, but this is unlikely. Instead of receiving a facelift, the Ridgeline is more likely going to receive some usable features. For starters, a locking tailgate has been in the mix for a while now. Also, the doors could open wider for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. This has been a problem for some, and it doesn’t make sense for a truck to feature doors that open just like those on a small family sedan.
The Interior – Most of the Upgrades?
It seems that there are plenty of features that might land on the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. The current US model is missing ventilated seats, rain sensing wipers, a heated windshield, heated rear seats, a rear climate-control panel and even power folding mirrors. All of these are actually available on the Canadian model so it is safe to assume the US version could get at least part of them. This would give it a lot of added value which will make it more desirable than ever before.
Under the Hood
The current model features a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated and directed injected V6 which is good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Even though this is on the lower end of its class, thanks to the great gearbox and lighter chassis, the Ridgeline can easily keep up with the best in its class. The upcoming 2018 Honda Ridgeline is more than likely going to boast the same engine. Some suggested a small bump in power, but this is unlikely. Instead, the fuel consumption and possibly its tow rating could improve. How? Well, the truck currently uses a six-speed automatic which may get replaced with either a nine-speed gearbox from ZF or with Honda’s newest ten-speed gearbox. The latter has been first seen on the Odyssey, and it is a vast improvement over the old six speed. If this is the case, then expect the Ridgeline to get 5 to 10% better fuel economy in the same driving conditions as before. Some rumors also suggested a hybrid powertrain for the truck. While this would be great, we highly doubt it, especially since there isn’t any hybrid truck currently on the market.