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By Mario Cywinski
RIDGELINE LOOKS BACK FOR THE FUTURE
The exterior of the Ridgeline shows that Honda has decided on a more traditional pick up look after the radical design of the original version. The 2017 Ridgeline is a distinct departure from its predecessor, with all-new grille, front fascia, lights, rear fascia and side profile.
“We are bringing our unique technology and original thinking to the market in a new and challenging concept for a Honda pickup,” Jean Marc Leclerc, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “We think we’ve got a better idea, a truck that uses its unibody construction and Honda packaging magic to deliver more of the things that many of today’s truck customers want and need with none of the things they don’t.”
The Ridgeline’s larger size improves its interior room. Total wheelbase is 81.2mm longer, length is 71.1mm longer, it is 12mm higher, is it 15mm wider, and has a bed that is over 101mm longer then the old version. The ground clearance increases to 203.2 mm. The Ridgeline incorporates 19.3 per cent ultra high-strength steel and 35.7 per cent high-strength steel in its unibody design. Towing capability is 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs.) with a standard Class III trailer hit with seven-pin wiring connector.
The interior of the Ridgeline features a eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sms text message function, truck bed audio system, HondaLink connected vehicle system, available satellite radio and HD Radio. Convenience features include push button start, smart entry, remote engine start, heated front seats, hill start assist, and available heated steering wheel and auto high-beam.
Safety features on the Ridgeline are plentiful, beginning with air bags including dual-stage front driver and passenger, front side and side curtain airbags. Honda Sensing features are available, including: collision mitigating braking system, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist System, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Rear view camera and parking sensors are also available. FVT