2017 Honda Ridgeline To Be Previewed At 2015 SEMA Show
Accessorized HR-V, Pilot Models Also On Display
After being left for dead by many, Honda remains steadfastly committed to its Ridgeline unibody pickup and promises an all-new model for the 2017 model year. Up to now, we’ve only seen silhouettes and teasers of the new truck, indicating a more traditional profile. However, a full preview of the new model has been elusive. No longer. At this year’s SEMA Show, Honda will show a Ridgeline Desert Race Truck concept that will be a preview of the styling for the 2017 Ridgeline. The race-ready Ridgeline also marks Honda’s return to factory-sponsored off-road racing.
In addition to the Ridgeline concept, Honda will show four accessorized HR-V compact crossovers, as well as a 2016 Pilot SUV. Highlighting the company’s commitment to motorsports, an accessorized Pioneer 1000 side-by-side and a Rahal Letterman IndyCar will also be displayed.
From a high point of more than 50,000 sales in 2006, the Ridgeline has only averaged between 13,000 and 15,000 in annual sales over the last six years until being discontinued after the 2014 model year. Approximately the size of a Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, the Ridgeline differed from the norm with a transverse powertrain, unibody platform, and integral bed. Another unique feature beloved by Ridgeline owners was the lockable under-bed trunk, complete with drain plug, making for an ideal impromptu beverage cooler.