The second generation of Ridgeline was launched at the North American International Auto Show in January this year. The first member of this generation has brought many improvements, but it also shares a lot with the previous one. Ridgeline is still a unibody vehicle with the same engine as before. Well, at least the first model. It is also equipped with Intelligent VTM-4, Eco Assist System, Honda Sensing, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Honda LaneWatch, etc. It’s been only seven months since 2017 model was released, but there are already rumors and speculations about the 2018 Honda Ridgeline.
IMPROVEMENTS AND NEW FEATURES
2018 model won’t be much different than its predecessor and it will have all those new features which were introduced with the second generation. There are huge differences in both styling and technology. One of the new things is Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. The first generation had “only” five trim levels while the second one has two additional trims. 2017 model came with the in-bed audio system. Thanks to this system speakers can be controlled by a smartphone. With the 2018 model Honda hopes to increase sales which have fluctuated for a few years. Approximately 6,000 units were sold by the end of June so Ridgeline is on a good way to be back on track.
As well as the previous model, 2018 Honda Ridgeline is going to be a unibody vehicle. Not just it takes after 2017 model but it also shares a lot of features with Honda Pilot. Since this is the second member of the second generation we didn’t expect any significant modifications. And apparently, we were right. New Ridgeline will look almost exactly the same as the predecessor, but you will also be able to spot some minor refreshments.
Cargo space has been enlarged to 5.4 inches in width and 4 inches in length. It’s not that 2017 model had a small cargo, but additional space can come in handy. It is expected that an eight-inch display will be placed on the dashboard and will feature the same infotainment system as before. Please have in mind that interior features depend on the trim thus higher trim levels will be better equipped. All in all, cabin should differ much from the cabin of the current model.
Although new model brought many changes, the engine was not one of them. A well-known 3.5l six-cylinder is used in the current model, but it has been improved especially for Ridgeline. This engine is actually the very same engine used in Honda Pilot. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline won’t be any different than its predecessor, in terms of powertrain. This means it is going to have the 3.5l under the hood which is powerful enough, but there are some indications it will be improved for the 2018 model.
Even though official figures haven’t been released yet we can discuss them. The current unit generates 250 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. It is quite possible that these figures won’t change, but Pilot is getting an improved variant of this V6. New Pilot is supposed to come with an output of 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque which is an increase that shouldn’t be neglected. It would be great to see this variant under the hood of new Ridgeline, but bear in mind that the regular 3.5l delivers the goods. There are also some speculations about fuel economy, but nothing too serious. As soon as EPA rating is released we’ll update this review.
2018 HONDA RIDGELINE RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The most probable release date for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline is the end of 2017. However, it might come even earlier since the last model was launched in January this year. Roughly, a price of the new model should be $30,000 in the US and Canada which is around the average in this category.