A new design sketch teases the next-generation Ridgeline pickup, which Honda says will debut within two years’ time. The automaker also confirmed that production of the current Ridgeline pickup will end in mid-2014.
Honda has long defended the Ridgeline’s merits
and was previously insistent that the truck would live on. With the
recent announcement, the unorthodox pickup will make it to
generation-two, though it appears it will adopt a more conventional
truck outline with a clearly defined bed, as the sketch shows. Just like
the outgoing model, the next-gen Ridgeline will be designed by Honda
R&D Americas, at the company's Los Angeles and Ohio facilities.
Debuting in the fall of 2005, the uni-body 2006 Honda Ridgeline earned Motor Trend’s 2006 Truck of the Year award because it “offers an intriguing third idea as a people and cargo hauler that's as responsive as a car, but for once doesn't beat you up.“ While sales might suggest the world wasn’t ready
for a uni-body pickup, the Ridgeline remained popular among the Honda
faithful. With 16,106 units sold by the end of November, Honda claims
Ridgeline sales are up 29 percent over last year.