The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R could be finally out. The next performance vehicle by the Japanese carmaker is definitely drawing attention. For a few years, there are rumors about this model, but production is yet to start. On the other hand, Honda gave hints, but the carmaker never confirmed they are after this kind of truck. The base Ridgeline is the sporty pickup, build on the unibody platform, unlike other mid-size models. While Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, and other mid-size trucks are improving towing capacity and toughness, Ridgeline’s advantage is ride quality and handling.
The new truck will come with significant upgrades on the body and under the hood. New engine must put out serious numbers to legitimate its badge. At this moment, Honda is producing only two vehicles with this package – Civic and Accord. We could hear that the company wants to expand the Type R family to crossovers, SUVs, and the premium Acura brand. Of course, there is a truck in the game as well. So, let’s see what could 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R bring.
Engines and Specs
The regular truck is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This is one of the most reliable units in the market. It can produce 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. Flagship models from other segments are also using it, including Pilot SUV, and Odyssey minivan.
Well, both Type R models, Accord and Civic, are using a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. This one is capable to deliver 305 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Top speed of cars is 170 mph and Civic needs less than 5 seconds to sprint to 60 mph. Well, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R will be heavier and it will take more time. Still, we believe this engine can achieve the record under 6 seconds.
The other option is to turbocharge an existing V6. A couple of years ago Honda had a plan to start the production of such drivetrain. According to rumors, the company even tested the new unit. But, it never happened. Why? We don’t know. However, if Honda planned it for the future, the 2020 Ridgeline Type R is the right choice to test a new V6 turbo engine.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Styling
Besides the mechanical upgrades, the look of the Ridgeline Type R is a real mystery. Watching the other cars that offer this badge and the truck, we can’t imagine what could it look like. Chiseled angles and lower ride are almost certain. There will be other visual add-ons, such as a unique hood with air intake for better cooling. More aggressive grille net and special graphic are also options.
We can also see fans’ artworks showing how they think the truck could look like. Of course, there are a lot of red accents on the white paintjob and wheels. Small TypeR badge is on the grille. The bed and the rear end will also get more attractive headlights and steps.
Honda will spend more time for the cockpit of the 2020 Ridgeline Type R. Sport seats are “must have” item for this vehicle. Transparent dashboard and leather wheel as well. We believe the company will pack the infotainment features with all kinds of features and equipment. USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, wireless charging, etc. Well, navigation will remain optional.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Release Date and Price
The performance-oriented truck is still a rumor. Until chiefs of the Japanese company mention it, we can’t say when will 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R be available. Maybe later this year, maybe next. And it might not happen. Compared to the base pickup, the price of the Type R will jump. Civic hatchback costs $22,000 and this package adds around $13,000. So, the new Ridgeline Type R could cost between $35,000 and $40,000.