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Next-Generation Honda Ridgeline in the Pipeline


Just the Facts:
  • A redesigned Honda Ridgeline will launch within two years, Honda said on Tuesday, as it takes aim at the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks.
  • Honda will end production of the first-generation Ridgeline in mid-2014.
  • A teaser image of the upcoming Ridgeline shows what appears to be a more conventional pickup bed.

TORRANCE, California — A redesigned Honda Ridgeline will launch within two years, Honda said on Tuesday, as it takes aim at the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks.

Honda will end production of the first-generation Ridgeline in mid-2014.

A teaser image of the upcoming Ridgeline shows what appears to be a more conventional pickup bed. Honda did not spell out a model-year designation or provide technical specifications for the future Ridgeline.

The current Ridgeline has been described as an "anti-pickup pickup." It skips a V8 engine, features unibody construction and has a maximum towing load of 5,000 pounds.

The future Ridgeline is being designed and developed in the U.S.

"The next-generation Ridgeline will build on Honda's role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co. "With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."

Honda said it sold 16,160 Ridgelines in the first 11 months of the year.

The automaker recently introduced the 2014 Honda Ridgeline Special Edition, the most expensive version in the lineup.

The Ridgeline also competes with the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

Edmunds says: The Ridgeline has never been a hot seller, but the redesign may make it a compelling choice for car shoppers seeking a reliable compact truck for lifestyle activities.

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