2020 Honda Ridgeline Preview; Expected to Come With Hybrid Powertrain – For you who have the passion for riding trucks, you must be familiar with the Honda Ridgeline. It is known as the kind of pickup trucks which are mostly seen on the US roads. The special thing of the Honda Ridgeline is it comes with SUV basis and unibody design which brings the fully independent suspension. You feel a good combination of ride quality and comfort when riding this truck. It is also ‘strong’ enough because it is able to carry lots of heavy cargo up to 5,000 pounds. However, it would be more perfect if the Honda Ridgeline will be equipped with the more off-road capability to get the job done faster.
Before discussing more the new 2020 Honda Ridgeline, it is nice to see the previous model get the obvious comparison. The 2019 model is actually unchanged and came with the all-new features for the model 2017. However, the newer features are expected to come with the upgrades in 2020. The company told that it is likely to have the hybrid powertrain on the new model as well as electrified features. The hybrid system will be applied is the one which now occurs on the Accord sedan lineup.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Redesign
This manly car brings the Pilot SUV platform for all the Ridgelines. So, it would occur in the new 2020 model which shares the same style and theme. The typical look is that the front section has similar contours and elements to the common SUV with the cargo bed of two-mode tailgate.
We can say then that the 2020 Honda Ridgeline won’t look so much different from the other lineups. The modifications will appear on some features such as headlights, grille, and bumpers. It is said that the headlight will be combined with the refreshed grille. The same thing happens to the front and rear bumpers which are predicted to look fresher, too. These redesigns are seen already on the redesigned Accord sedan.
There is not much to reveal about the interior redesign since it still holds the current style of the Ridgeline version. The Pilot SUV design only will evolve with the more subtle material and different textures. The new model is also expected to adopt the updated version of Honda’s infotainment system.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Engine
Coming with the Pilot’s 3.5-litre of V6 engine, the car will be combined with the six-speed automatic transmission. So, you will notice that the front-wheel-drive will be able to be swapped with the all-wheel drive. The weakness is this model has low range gearing which will make the off-road capability decent 7.9 inches of the ground clearance. It means this car is not really good for the off-road adventures.
As mentioned before, the most special feature of 2020 Honda Ridgeline is the hybrid powertrain support. It means it will apply the two-motor hybrid system which has already come in the Accord sedan. In details, a pair of 181-hp electric motors will be occurred as in Accord sedan which will produce 212 hp in total. However, for the setup, it remains unchanged for the typical Ridgeline but with more improved power and torque.
Dealing with the fuel, the hybrid powertrain is predicted to improve your fuel economy. The current front-wheel-drive takes you to drive in 19 mpg city and 26 highways, while the hybrid version is planned to give you more at around 30 mpg highway.
Another possibility is that the 2020 Honda Ridgeline is the turbocharged powertrain. It is the same as the change of Accord sedan which replaced the V-6 unit with Civic’s 2.0-liter turbo with 4 engines.
Honda likely redesigns the interior to be more performance-oriented with a larger tachometer. It will also come with a few ancillary gauges such as oil pressure and temperature. The front seats are still comprised of suede, leather, and mesh. Perhaps they will get black leather with the red contrast stitching for the back seats. Never mind about the color, the important thing is that the rear seats of the Ridgeline are known very comfortable for the short or long distance for adults.
The special feature of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline is the safety which will become the strength of this vehicle. Honda decides to offer the Honda Sensing Suite for all versions. It is a package which includes the forward collision warning with the automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control and so forth. All those features enable you to drive safer and smoother.
This Ridgeline is expected to be suspension wise. It means it would use the similar adaptive dampers for a ride which fits the driver’s mood. Compared to the type R drive modes, the dampers have three settings, they are Sport, Comfort, and +R. The thicker sway bars at front and rears will give you some impressive handling along with the stiffer coil springs.
The braking also would be handled by six-piston Brembo calipers clamping which is set on the oversized vented rotors at the front and four-piston calipers on vented rotors at the back.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Release Date and Price
The newest version of this Ridgeline is planned to be released in the second half of 2019. Closer to the date, Honda will reveal more details so that the buyers will be ready to buy and enjoy the new improvements.
The price of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline will start around 29,990 dollars. But the price of the top-of-the-line Black Edition would price higher at 43,420 dollars. The point is that the Ridgeline hybrid version will be estimated to reach mid-to-high thirties for the price.
Last but not least, 2020 Honda Ridgeline would not look much different from the current model. However, the hybrid powertrain will become the spotlight of the change. It combines the tough and sturdy body of the truck to its real power. It will also give a weapon for Honda to venture into hybrid pickup segment.