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2017 Honda Ridgeline Debuts with Industry-First In-Bed Audio System

Honda brought the Ridgeline back into its range and chose Motor City for its unveiling.
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The 2017 Honda Ridgeline mid-size pickup truck is all-new and promises to offer the largest interior in its segment, along with the most versatile bed. Besides these two bold statements, Honda offers an in-bed trunk and the first ever in-bed audio system. That’s right, Honda offers a sound system for the bed of its Ridgeline pickup truck. Sounds cool to us.

The new Ridgeline is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck Platform and features a unibody construction. The vehicle has a fully independent suspension, promising a higher level of ride dynamics and handling over conventional pickup truck platforms. However, the payload capacity is close to 1,600 pounds, which is rivaling its top competitors in the segment. The specific payload figure will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s launch date.

Developed at the company’s American R&D center, the new Honda Ridgeline will be made in Lincoln, Alabama. The Japanese company plans to obtain a 5-star overall score at NHTSA safety tests and a Top Safety Pick+ IIHS rating thanks to the advanced safety features embedded in this vehicle.

The car will be available for the first time in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The latter will use Honda’s i-VTM4 torque vectoring technology, with Normal, Sand, Snow, and Mud modes. Regarding powertrains, the Ridgeline will be fitted with a 3.5-liter, i-VTEC direct-injected gasoline V6 engine. The powertrain is mated to a six-speed automatic and targets best-in-class acceleration and top fuel economy ratings.

Honda also prides itself on the fact that the Ridgeline has the only four-foot wide flat bed space in its class, with 48 inches between the rear wheel arches. The bed is scratch-resistant and features a dual-action tailgate. For practical reasons, it is also available with a 400W AC power inverter.

The cargo can be secured with the eight 350-pound tie downs. Furthermore, all Ridgeline models will have a rearview camera as standard equipment, while higher trim levels will either get a lane monitoring system or a blind spot information system.

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