Honda may not be a top player in pickup truck segment but the Japanese carmaker is in no mood to let home-based and other rivals have all the fun. To take on the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, Honda will launch 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid. The Ridgeline initially did not meet much success and it faced flak for being more carlike than a truck.
However, the 2018 version is much more improved and upcoming 2020 range will come with more improvements. The industry buzz is that Honda may launch a hybrid version of Ridgeline. However, the company is yet to finalize the development officially.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Design
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid was deemed more of a lifestyle-oriented truck compared to the off-road capable ones from stables of Ford and GM. However, the second generation received some styling changes. The 2020 model which is in the making is expected to come with more changes. The truck will be sold in crew cab setup but there will be several trim choices. For 2020 Honda may add a few new exterior colors. Design changes may include a new grille, bumper, headlamps, and a more aerodynamic build.
The Cabin of upcoming Honda Ridgeline will be utilitarian though material quality will be top notch too. The bed will be full of utilitarian features as well much like the earlier model. A Black edition may be offered for luxury-seeking buyers. There will be adequate small item storage choices in the cabin.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Engine
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid was sold with single engine choice- a 3.5-liter V6 unit with 280 HP output. However, the 2020 model may get a hybrid setup under the hood- as per the industry buzz. It may use the hybrid setup used in the Accord Hybrid sedan. However, the hybrid setup may be tweaked to suit the need of truck users. That hybrid powertrain has an output of 212 HP but the unit developed for the new Ridgeline may get enhanced output. The same can be true for fuel economy too. Whether the towing capacity will be increased or not is not known.
The upcoming 2020 Honda Ridgeline will be sold in trims- RT, RTL-T, RTL, RTL-E, Sport, and the Black Edition. The HondaLink infotainment system will be offered and it will be updated for the new lineup. The Black Edition will get features like Red Ambient LED Lighting, Contrasting Red Stitching, 18-Inch Alloy Wheels, perforated leather seats etc. The Honda LaneWatch system will be offered in the top two trims as standard. A few advanced safety features may be offered as standard.
Price and availability
The exact price of 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid is not known. However, it is expected to be priced a tad higher than the regular trims. So, a price tag of $35000 is likely. No release date has been finalized.
Summing it up
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid is yet to be announced by the company but it will give Honda a weapon to venture into nascent hybrid pickup segment. The company just needs to price it right.