The Ridgeline from the famous Japanese Honda will join the expanded 2017 lineup of innovative light-truck models. A North American subsidiary of the Honda Motor Company, Ltd. has announced about the serial release of the Ridgeline of the second generation.
The car will be developed on the basis of the Honda Pilot crossover and the third Ridgeline generation will replace the first one, which had been produced for a long time, since 2005 up to 2014.
The pick-up has been improved by a monocoque body as well as an independent suspension. For this model, the technique is very progressive. It provides with an excellent level of the vehicle comfort and an excellent handling while even the roughest roads driving.
The Novelty Exterior
The new generation of the car has got the extraordinary appearance, being based on the Pilot crossover. The front headlights have been designed in the irregular geometry style; the daytime running lights are now integrated with LEDs, having the shape of boomerangs.
The lights are connected to each other by chrome double strips that span the entire radiator grille. The bottom of the great bumper is protected by the black plastic overlay, obscuring the lower air intake. The rear part as well as the profile of the car is maintained in a more classic smooth style.
The company’s designers have refused to inflate the side glass line in order not to spoil the exterior look. Perhaps, this is the reason due to which the car looks simply, but an overview of the driver’s and passengers’ seats is worth of the highest ratings.
The Overall Dimensions
- The length of the car reaches 5392 mm;
- The width corresponds to 2076 mm;
- The height does not exceed 1 790 mm;
- The wheelbase is equal to 3100 mm;
- The ground clearance is 200 mm.
The 2017 Ridgeline Advantages of the Luggage Compartment
The most important advantage of the car, taking into account its pickup truck membership, is the Luggage compartment. The tailgate can be opened in two directions. It can be either classically folded back or opened to the left as a simple door. The overall dimensions of the cargo compartment are as follows:
- The length of the platform is 1880 mm;
- The width corresponds to 1740 mm;
- The distance between the wheel arches is equal to 1,220 mm.
Under the luggage compartment floor panel there is a large niche for the toolbox and the spare wheel. Also, an air compressor, or some other equipment can be easily accommodated in the underneath space.
The floor and the sides of the compartment are covered with plastic, which is characterized by incredible stability, even for serious mechanical damage. The comfort during transportation is also assured by 8 hooks, which are fixed on the sides of the body.
The interior design trends resemble the ones of the Honda Pilot, in addition, that the car is equipped with two-row configuration of the seats, designed for five seats. As for its comfort, the interior deserves the title of “the best” in this class.
So, the rear seats not only provide a high level of comfort for the three passengers, but also are characterized by a useful ability to transform, thereby releasing a large amount of space for carrying cargo inside the car. The front row seats allow excellent getting in/out of the car.
The interior assembly is made at the highest level; the same can be said about the used finishing materials.
The Pickup Specifications
The petrol engine, featuring a V-shaped arrangement of six cylinders, is mounted in the engine compartment of the new pickup. The engine volume is 3.5 liters, and the peak power equals to 290 hp. By using a unique technology that can disable several cylinders at low loads, the developers have managed to increase the efficiency of the powertrain performance significantly.
The front-wheel version of the car, while the combined cycle driving, consumes 10.5 liters of fuel per 100 km. The engine will be coupled with the six-speed automatic transmission.
The “supercharged” version of this model features a multimedia system with a large touch screen, the climate control, the engine start/stop button, the keyless access to the interior of the car.
In addition, the navigation system will be offered for the driver, along with the power front seats, a rear view camera, the heated steering wheel and seats. The highest level of safety for the passengers and the driver is ensured since the car being equipped with eight airbags as well as a rich list of different electronic assistants.