Honda released the new Ridgeline back in 2016 and so far it looks like it was a real success. However, the truck is not perfect. At this point, it lacks a few features and its engine is not all that great. Even though not official, there are quite a few rumors out there about an update. It looks like the future 2019 Honda Ridgeline will become a lot easier to live with.
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On top of that, it should offer more off-road capabilities without having to compromise on anything. As before, the new model will remain a unibody truck. This means it will not feature a ladder frame on top of which a body is usually installed. There are a few drawbacks to this design but many advantages. Even though it isn’t able to tow or to carry as much, the Ridgeline is better to drive, more comfortable and faster than any of its direct competitors.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Changes
At this point, it looks like the core of the truck will remain the same as before. However, Honda may release at least one special edition. Most of its rivals already offer specialty vehicles so it would make sense for them to do too.
However, instead of focusing on off-road, it looks like the new Ridgeline might be focused on on-road performance. Honda could achieve this by offering a Type R version.
This would have more power than the regular model as well as a more capable running gear. Unfortunately, these are nothing but rumors. Even so, we wouldn’t be surprised if they do end up to be true.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Release date and Price
Considering how it has to offer, the future 2019 Honda Ridgeline will likely still start at around $30,000. For the price it will come with four-doors and a pretty well appointed cabin. The higher end models will go to as far as $45,000 while the rumored Type R might end up costing north of $50,000.
The release date is still unknown. However, it looks like Honda may reveal the future truck closer to the end of 2018 and it should arrive in showrooms in early 2019.
Considering how new it is, it is safe to assume the future 2019 Honda Ridgeline will not change all that much. In fact, most versions will only get a slightly different front end with new headlights and possibly a new grille. The big difference will come in the form of the Type R.
This is expected to boast a more aggressive body kit, a different grille, new wheels and even a different bed. All of these will not only look cool but they will also allow it to go faster. The truck’s interior is also expected to receive a few upgrades. A new infotainment system, likely featuring a volume knob, can be expected. On top of that Honda might also install a new digital instrument cluster.
The US market is also expected to receive more features such as heated and ventilated seats, a heated windshield as well as a different steering wheel. The only difference the Type R will feature over the regular model should be its seats.
Engine and Specs
The current 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 will most likely stay on the base 2019 Honda Ridgeline. So far its output is still unknown. However, considering this will be a mid-life update, we can expect it to boast slightly more than the current 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.
Unlike its predecessor, the old 6-speed automatic is no longer going to be available. Instead, Honda will more than likely install their brand new 10-speed gearbox. This is not only faster but it is also known to be more efficient and also lighter.
Thanks to it, the new Ridgeline should become more economical and slightly more capable. The rumored Type R, on the other hand, could be slightly different. This version of the truck may receive a 2.0-liter turbo-four with north of 320 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque.
These will be routed to a different all-wheel-drive system, so the truck should be far more impressive to drive. Unlike the other versions, this one might also receive a 6-speed manual gearbox which would make things far more interesting.
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