The year 2017 will mark a new development for Honda as the company is trying to reestablish itself in the pickup truck market with the most awaited 2018 Honda Ridgeline. The automaker revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. That it will be adding a dedicated hybrid model to its light truck lineup in 2018. Honda is going to add many luxury features to this pickup truck so it is also an ideal choice for families. This new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will be manufactured at their plant in U.S. Although this model has got various improvements, it shares a great deal with the previous one.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
It is quite clear that Honda won’t modify the looks of this pickup truck much. The Honda Ridgeline Hybrid 2018 hosts a curvy front with a designer grille. The exterior of this pickup truck looks stylish with great headlights and alloy wheels. The back looks smaller for a pickup truck but has enough space for individual needs. One of the brand-new points is Advanced Compatibility Engineering body framework.
This pickup truck is not a good vehicle to tow your caravan or carrier because of its low power output and design. The new Ridgeline is most likely to get some usable features like central locking tailgate and wide hinged doors. This truck is expected to be the best luxury pickup truck in the market. Its artistic design will surely make it stand apart in the market.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid – Engine Specs
The base engine of the 2018 Ridgeline is powered with a 3.5-literV6 engine. The engine produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It is expected to be paired with a nine speed Automatic Honda gearbox for unmatchable performance. It is anticipated that the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will get a 5% to 10% better fuel economy with this Honda gearbox. Also, it is expected that this engine will outrun all the current high mileage pickups in the market.
Best mileage by a pickup truck in the industry is around 25 mpg but Honda expects at least 30 mpg using its hybrid technology. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid is estimated to give 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the freeway. Honda has also retained the iVTM4 all-wheel-drive system with torque-vectoring as well. This truck is better for off-road and sports performance because of its unique all-wheel drive Honda Powertrain, high ground clearance and off-road tires.
Ridgeline has the roomiest cabins that seat 5 on common towel furniture. This can be updated to natural leather too. Ventilated seats, rain sensing wipers, heated rear seats, a rear climate-control panel and even power folding mirrors are some of its luxurious features. Some other goodies include push button start, cruise control, 5-inch infotainment, and audio system with seven speakers, among else. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid has an integrated trunk concealed beneath the bed, which uses 7.3 cubic feet of room.
Honda has also equipped the vehicle with modern safety technologies consisting of crash reduction stopping, lane separation caution, onward accident caution, lane maintain aid, roadway separation reduction, and also flexible cruise ship control.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid – Pricing and Release Date
The new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid is all set to make its debut in the second half of 2017. It i expected to be priced in the range of $29,500 to $34,000. And it is likely to get a good response from eco-friendly truck lovers.
Since this is the first hybrid truck, it is anticipated to get good market response due to its elegant design and fuel efficiency. However, it is expected to compete with Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier.