The Japanese manufacturer will expand the offer of its pickup truck with the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid. This excellent truck is considered as one of the best models in class. The current version is in the second generation and it is present for less than two years. At the moment, it comes only with 3.5 V6 engine. So, the new powertrain will be definitely a great addition. This version should attract all those who prefer models with better fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
For this occasion, the new truck will come with a familiar hybrid powertrain in Accord. On the other side, rest of the truck’s characteristics will probably remain the same. We are about to see the same design, both outside and inside. On the other side, the new 2018 Ridgeline Hybrid will most likely come in a single trim level, features an exclusive list of standard features.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid redesign
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will feature pretty much the same design characteristics as base gasoline model. The current generation is pretty fresh and there is no need for some bigger modifications at the moment. So, the visual aspect of the new version will be the same. Just like the gasoline model, it will be in a close relationship with the famous Honda Pilot. Unlike most of the trucks, this model actually comes with a unibody structure, which limits working capabilities of the truck.
On the other side, it raises comfort and convenience on the completely new level. Compared to Pilot, the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will feature almost identical front end. Both models feature the same design language and the biggest difference is a front bumper, which looks more off-road ready on the new truck. The same thing is on the inside.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid powertrain
So far, this excellent truck was offered with a capable 3.5-liter V6 engine. This engine can be found under the hood of many Honda models, including Accord sedan which rides on the same platform. The powertrain will be also the same as in the famous sedan.
It is a system that features a 2.0-liter gasoline engine which is good for 143 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The electric part of the system consists of two electric motors with a total output of 181 horsepower and it provides most of the tractive force. Combined output goes around 212 horsepower. If we consider that Accord Hybrid returns stupendous 50 miles per gallon, the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid should be also close to these numbers. That will be definitely a decisive factor for many buyers in the future. Also, expect some pretty decent acceleration and top speed.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid features
Unlike the gasoline version which comes in total six trim levels, the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will most likely come in a single trim level. Compared to base gasoline models, we expect to see much more equipment. Most likely, list of standard features will be close to some higher trims, such as RTL-E. This means that the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will come with standard features like 8-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, smartphone integration, seven-speaker audio system etc. Also, expect to see a full load of advanced safety systems like Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward-Collision Alert and much more. Also, expect to see few optional packages and numerous standalone options.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid release date and price
Latest reports suggest that the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid could come already by the end of the year. However, we will have to wait for official confirmation. When it comes to the price, some reports suggest 40.000 dollars.