The upcoming 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been spied testing in Torrance near the company’s American headquarters in the State of California, USA by Twitter user (and Automotive News reporter) David Undercoffler. The pickup truck will enter its second generation with the MY2017 model.
Honda teased the 2017 Ridgeline by releasing its preview sketch at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show in February. The company didn’t revealing details about the next-gen model except that it “will take the original’s award-winning performance, comfort and utility to new levels with completely new styling that communicates unmistakably that it’s a pickup, yet with a uniquely Honda flair.”
The first generation model was taken off the production line after a decade of presence, in 2014. The next-gen model was supposed to arrive this year but has been delayed to 2016 or 2017. The all-new model can be expected to go on sale in H2 2016 for model year 2017. As seen in the spy shots, the design should be inspired from the third generation Pilot SUV that debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
There are rumours about the all-new model getting a diesel engine, but only time will tell if that would be the case. If Honda develops large diesel engines for the new generation model, we may see the range eventually expanding to include heavy duty models in the distant future.
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