Honda is losing the battle in the truck segment. However, the Japanese company was not so focused in being the class-leading model in towing or performance. Their pickup is a sporty model, the only one that exists on the unibody platform. And it is not going to change when the 2021 Honda Ridgeline comes out.
The latest generation of the pickup was launched in 2016. After five years, the truck will get the most significant changes. The most important will happen under the hood, where we will find a hybrid drivetrain. Honda’s premium SUV, Acura MDX is already offering such configuration, while the flagship model, Pilot, was spied with the PHEV system.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Engine and Specs
A hybrid drivetrain is still just a rumor. Until it becomes the truth, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline will rely on the proven V6 engine. A 3.5-liter displacement is a powerplant we can find under the bonnet of the two abovementioned SUVs. With 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, it supplies the pickup truck with enough power. Converted to towing capacity, that is 5,000 pounds. For example, Chevy Colorado can haul 7,700 pounds, while other pickups are rated at 7,000 lbs. Engineers could improve the fuel economy. The mid-size model currently returns 22 mpg combined with the FWD setup.
Hybrid and PHEV Rumors
Acura MDX is combining a 3.0-liter V6 engine with an electric motor for a total output of 320 hp. Also, the fuel consumption is way better. Combined, it is on the same level as the regular V6 returns on the highway. But, that is not the best 2021 Ridgeline can get. If the company speeds up the development of the PHEV system we saw on spy photos of the Pilot SUV, these numbers can go up. Still, the exact info is not available yet, neither for Pilot nor the Ridgeline.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R
For a long time, we are listening about the performance-oriented truck. Is it possible to see the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R? We are in the same place as before. The company is not giving us any signs, and all the fans have are few renders of a muscle truck. Well, the company has to do something to make Ridgeline more attractive, and the Type R is the best way to do it. On the other hand, the market for performance pickups is limited, so the Japanese truckmaker can’t expect a huge profit there.
Release Date and Price
The price increase is the last thing buyers want to hear. The first hints from Honda are indicating the new truck will cost under $31,000. This is acceptable for a model with a V6 engine. Still, other more capable pickups are available for significantly less money. However, Honda is playing on its uniqueness as the only sport truck in the market. The debut of the redesigned Ridgeline will happen in the final quarter of the 2020 season. By then, we will know more about hybrid and PHEV systems, as well as the redesign details.