Tuesday, 10 May 2016

2017 Honda Ridgeline


The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the second generation of Honda's innovative midsize pickup truck, redesigned from the ground up to offer both recreational and work users a higher degree of utility and versatility in a modern, rugged and sophisticated midsize pickup with the largest and most flexible cabin in its class; a higher level of confident and refined dynamic performance; and robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities, including a class-leading maximum 1,584 pound (718.5 kg) payload capacity (varies by trim) and up to 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) towing (RT AWD).

Based on Honda's Global Light Truck platform - with its highly rigid, aerodynamic and tightly sealed unitized body construction, Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) safety body structure, and fully independent front and rear suspension systems with Amplitude Reactive Dampers - the 2017 Honda Ridgeline offers vastly superior ride comfort and handling precision compared to conventional body-on-frame truck offerings, along with the top-in-class cabin quietness and anticipated collision safety performance.

Combining this new platform with a more powerful and efficient direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V-6 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission with wider ratio spread, and available new Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (iVTM-4™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive - the most advanced AWD technology in the midsize truck class - results in class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings along with superior all-weather traction and handling capability and robust medium-duty off-road performance.

The 2017 Ridgeline also offers customers more choices than ever before including, for the first time, both two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options, as well as an expanded array of standard and available premium features and technologies, including a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility and new generation of Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. A wide array of new standard and available equipment includes Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Push-Button Start, Remote Engine Start, Smart Entry, a power sliding rear window, LED exterior and interior lighting and more.

The second-generation Ridgeline was designed, developed and is manufactured in America using domestic and globally sourced parts. Its exterior and interior design was conducted by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in its Los Angeles design studio, while vehicle development was undertaken at the company's Raymond, Ohio, new-model development center. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Ala., is the exclusive manufacturing home for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

Modern and stylish, rugged and sporty, the new 2017 Ridgeline's exterior advances Honda's midsize pickup to the forefront of its class in design and functionality. With a notably longer wheelbase (up 3.3 inches vs. the previous generation), increased overall length (up 3.1 inches) and larger cargo bed (up 3.9 inches in length and 5.5 inches in width), the Ridgeline now has a more commanding presence, an even more comfortable ride, and greater cargo-carrying capability than ever before. Balancing the markedly improved utility are a slightly lower body height and width that improve Ridgeline's aerodynamic efficiency.

The second-generation Ridgeline exterior design incorporates numerous class-exclusive features, including its Dual-Action Tailgate and In-Bed Trunk®, and the available world's first available Truck Bed Audio System, which, when paired with an available built-in 400-watt AC inverter, makes Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle. Advanced exterior lighting, including available LED daytime running lights (DRL) and LED projector low-beam headlights which include the addition of auto high-beam, further add to the new Ridgeline's convenience, style and functionality.

Exterior Styling
Starting with a bright-chromed bar grille design (black chrome on Black Edition) and charging rearward from there, the 2017 Ridgeline's all-new exterior design is advanced, aerodynamic and tough, with a more traditional three-box profile integrated with modern design detailing. The second-generation Ridgeline is also longer, with a 3.2-inch longer wheelbase and three inches longer overall, creating a stronger, more truck-like profile. The added length also expands the Ridgeline's capabilities, with best-in-class passenger volume and improved cargo-carrying utility.

The new Ridgeline marries aerodynamic efficiency to a traditional truck profile, with the overall design backed up by intensive tuning and testing. In front, the lenses of the LED daytime running lights (DRL) and available LED projector beam headlights are rakish and aggressive. The chiseled front fascia, air inlets and skid plate evoke rugged high performance. The hood and front fenders are likewise strengthened with sharp character lines that add a muscular and purposeful air.

The flush-mounted windshield is raked aggressively, lowering wind noise and improving fuel efficiency simultaneously. The flush side glass, now 43-percent thicker than on the previous Ridgeline, further reduces noise levels in the cabin. The body sides are clean and strong in appearance, with sculpted lower sills, a rising character line and bulging wheel openings all adding visual solidity. A wind tunnel-developed spoiler array at the rear edges of the passenger cabin and top of the flip/swing tailgate help to reduce drag at highway speeds.

Bright chrome trim surrounds the side windows for an upscale appearance, with the chrome widening at the C-pillar, adding further substance. Standard 18-inch wheels, and in back, a larger tailgate and new LED taillight array further add to the Ridgeline's substantial presence. Sport and Black Edition feature dark finishes for an aggressive, custom-shop look.

The Ridgeline's unit-body is comprised of multiple stampings of different steel grades, from 270 MPa mild steel to 1500 MPa ultra-high-strength steel. The inner and outer door frames are complex assemblies using four different steel grades and six stampings, while the rear fenders are created separately from a single steel grade (270 MPa). This new construction, which replaces the one-piece body side panels (door frame and rear fender) on the previous generation Ridgeline, affords improved reparability in the event of a side impact. A rubber seal is applied to the area between the cab and rear fender for a clean and finished appearance.

Cargo Bed
Measuring 64 inches (1,626 mm) in length, the 2017 Ridgeline's bed is 3.9 inches (100 mm) longer than the previous generation and is complemented by a class-leading overall payload capacity of up to 1,584 pounds, or 718.5 kg (RT AWD), an increase of 38 pounds (17.2 kg) compared to the previous model. The bed length further increases to 83.5 inches (1,221 mm) with the load-supporting Dual-Action Tailgate in the down position.

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline bed is also wider than the previous generation in all dimensions, including:
·         60 inches (1,524 mm) between side linings (+ 5.5 inches, or 140 mm)
·         50 inches (1,270 mm) between the wheel wells (+0.2 inches, or 5 mm)
·         51 inches (1,295 mm) at the D-pillars (+1.9 inches, or 48 mm)

These dimensions, capacities and features permit the Ridgeline to easily transport heavy objects such as motorcycles or appliances, an ATV or a riding mower. Each of its eight tie-down cleats is rated to secure 350 pounds (158.8 kg).

The bed's working surfaces are likewise improved as follows:
·         Narrower corrugations provide improved footing
·         The floor is comprised of UV-stable SMC
·         Vertical panels are finished with UV-stable polypropylene plus long-glass fiber
·         The black substrate used in the bed floor minimizes the visibility of scratches that may be experienced in use.

Other Ridgeline bed features include:
·         World's first Truck Bed Audio System, on the RTL-E and Black Edition; includes six weatherproof audio exciters that transform the bed walls into resonant speakers
·         115V 150W/400W AC power outlet in right side lining pocket on RTL-E and Black Edition (150 watts with ignition in ACC mode, 400 watts with engine running)
·         Two LED cargo area lights on the RTL-E and Black Edition (incandescent on other trims) illuminate both the bed and the In-Bed Trunk
·         Tonneau-ready horizontal surfaces
·         A side lining pocket with a hinged removable lid
·         Alternative in-bed spare-tire tie-down point

The Ridgeline is also available with a wide variety of accessories, including adjustable crossbars, a cargo bed net, and a tri-fold hard tonneau cover.

Dual-Action Tailgate
The Honda Ridgeline's dual-action tailgate opens down like a typical truck tailgate, but it can also swing open to the side like a door. This gives users a choice of easy-access methods for both cargo and the 7.3 cubic-foot (0.21 cubic meters) In-Bed Trunk®. With the tailgate down, the 5-foot, 4-inch (1,626 mm) bed extends to more than seven feet (2.1 meters). The tailgate inner surface features two comfortable molded-in seats, quite literally improving its "tailgate party" capability.

In-Bed Trunk
The new Ridgeline's In-Bed Trunk keeps gear secure and out of sight. Its weather-tight, 7.3-cubic-foot (0.21 cubic meters) capacity can accommodate large items, like suitcases, a television, golf bags or a cooler up to 82 quarts in size (77.6 liters).

The trunk also provides clean and secure storage for the Honda Ridgeline's spare tire, jack and tools. The trunk floor is now flat, improving versatility compared to the previous-generation Ridgeline, whose trunk floor included a hump to allow clearance for the muffler. If the customer wants to use their trunk to store wet items or wash out the trunk, a handy drain plug allows easy drainage. Finally, three grocery-bag hooks allow securing groceries inside the trunk.

On RTS and above trims, the Ridgeline's Smart Entry unlocks the trunk upon the driver's approach (sensing the proximity of the remote key fob).

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
The Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition have a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature that will fully open or close with a single touch of the switch. The moonroof mechanism was purposely designed to provide ample headroom. The moonroof has a sliding sunshade that opens with the roof and can be closed to block sunlight. To tilt or slide the moonroof, the driver or front passenger needs only to fully depress the ceiling-mounted switch once (instead of pressing and holding it for several seconds). The moonroof fully opens or closes automatically. However, if the operator wishes to only partially open or close the moonroof (such as to achieve partial ventilation), a lighter touch yields fully manual control. The moonroof can also tilt to provide ventilation. An auto-reverse feature is built in, helping to ensure that the moonroof will not forcefully close if someone's hand or arm is positioned in the path of the glass. If an obstruction is detected, the mechanism will reopen the moonroof.

Low Drag Exterior
Optimized in scale wind tunnel and full-scale coast-down validation, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline's aerodynamic improvements include a 15-percent reduction in the coefficient of drag (CdA), as determined by CFD simulations. Aerodynamic aids include drag-reducing aerodynamic spoilers located at the rear of the roof and on the top of the tailgate.

Fog Lights
The Ridgeline RTS and above trims are equipped with halogen fog lights to enhance visibility and safety in inclement weather.

Windshield Wipers
The 2017 Ridgeline's new wiper design uses fewer parts - 11 versus 17 on the previous model - to reduce replacement cost. Designed to cover the maximum possible windshield area, the left (driver) and right (front passenger) windshield wipers are 25.6 inches (650 mm) and 23.6 inches (600 mm) long, respectively. They also feature breakaway wiper pivots to mitigate the potential for injury in the event of a pedestrian collision.

Power Sliding Rear Window
The RTL-E and Black Edition include a power sliding rear window, an exclusive feature in the midsize truck class. The window is controlled by a switch mounted on the center ceiling console, and is also now equipped with a defroster. The Ridgeline RT, RTS, Sport, RTL and RTL-T come with a fixed rear window, equipped with a defroster.

Exterior Trim
The seven 2017 Ridgeline models offer a variety of distinctive exterior trim finishes, including chrome and black chrome, body color, and black. Up front, all trims have Honda's defining chrome grille bar and body-color grille frame. Likewise, all trims except the RT have body-color painted side mirror housings. Door handles are body color with the exception of mold-in-black finishes on the Honda Ridgeline RT and blacked-out Sport, and chrome on the RTL-E. The Sport also includes unique badging. Finally, all Ridgeline trims benefit from chrome side window surrounds with the exception of high-gloss black on Ridgeline Sport and Black Edition.

The 2017 Ridgeline interior is a clean-slate design that offers new levels of premium quality, convenience and user-friendly technology in spacious, versatile package. The new Ridgeline reaches higher into the premium end of the truck market with major upgrades to interior quality and refinement and more premium features than ever before, including available heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and memory seating—all offered as standard equipment on the new line-topping Ridgeline RTL-E and the dramatic Honda Ridgeline Black Edition. Further, the 2017 Ridgeline incorporates the latest in connected-car technology, including Pandora and both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility.
All Ridgeline trims feature class-leading interior roominess, including comfortable five-passenger seating. The three-person second-row seating offers spacious underseat storage or can be quickly flipped vertically to convert fully to cargo mode.

Interior Styling
The new Ridgeline interior takes the refinement to a whole new level with high-quality, soft-touch materials and premium touches applied liberally throughout, including a leatherette dash board upper with stitch pattern and LED accent lighting in the first two rows. The instrument panel is highlighted by striking new high-contrast instrumentation, a 4.2-inch full-color Multi-Information Display (MID) and an available 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen. Fit, finish and materials have received close attention, and soft leather seating is standard on RTL and higher trims.

The Ridgeline Black Edition features many unique interior styling features, including red-perforated black leather seating with contrasting red stitching, black headliner and upper cabin trim, red accent stitching on the doors, red LED ambient lighting and "Black Edition" logos stitched into the seatbacks and floor mats.

Interior Colors
The Ridgeline's interior palette is sophisticated and coordinated, and is offered in Neutral Black, Wisteria Gray or Shadow Beige colors, Shadow beige perforated leather in the RTL, RTL-T and RTL-E, and red-perforated black leather with red accent stitching in the Honda Ridgeline Black Edition.

Versatile, Spacious Cabin
The Ridgeline has always been appreciated for its roomy and versatile cabin and user-friendly design, and the new 2017 Ridgeline interior builds on those proven attributes. In terms of passenger dimensions, the new Ridgeline is close to its predecessor in most dimensions. The new Honda Ridgeline interior makes its largest gain in front hip room, with an increase of 1.5 inches (38 mm). With a passenger volume of 109.7 cubic feet, or 3.11 cubic meters (108.9 cubic feet, or 3.08 cubic meters in RTL-E and Black Edition), the 2017 Ridgeline has the most spacious interior in its class.

Multi-Function Center Console
The Ridgeline interior offers a range of convenient storage features for the driver and passengers. The center console is specially engineered to offer tremendous versatility and utility. Up front, it has a smartphone tray and a pair of cupholders. The main storage compartment is topped by a sliding tambour door that disappears from view when opened, instead of getting in the way as a hinged lid might. When closed, it creates a large, rigid and flat surface upon which items, like a purse, can be placed. Inside is a sliding smartphone tray, along with a 12-volt power outlet and USB and auxiliary jacks. The interior compartment is large enough to accommodate large items like flashlights, lock boxes, tool bags or up to five iPads. The rear of the center console includes automatic climate vents for the rear seat passengers.

Steering Wheel
The steering wheel, leather-wrapped on all Ridgelines with the exception of the RT, incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. In all trims, the steering wheel offers manual tilt and telescopic adjustment. Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and audio system controls are located on the left side of the steering wheel; cruise control and Multi-Information Display (MID) controls are on the right side. Trims with Honda Sensing™ have LKAS and ACC controls located on the right side of the steering wheel as well.

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
The Ridgeline RTL-E trims and above feature a power tilting and sliding front moonroof with a manual sunshade. To tilt or slide the moonroof, the driver or front passenger needs only to fully press the ceiling-mounted switch once (instead of pressing and holding it for several seconds). The moonroof fully opens or closes automatically. However, if the operator wishes to only partially open or close the moonroof (such as to achieve partial ventilation), a lighter touch yields fully manual control. The moonroof can also tilt to provide ventilation. An auto-reverse feature is built in, helping to mitigate the possibility of a pinched finger or limb. If the moonroof motor's ECU detects a threshold level of mechanical resistance, indicating a possible obstruction, the motor will automatically reverse and reopen the moonroof.

Power Windows, Locks and Mirrors
Power windows are standard equipment on all Ridgeline models and include auto-up and -down operation on the driver's and front passenger's windows. Power door locks and power mirrors are standard equipment on all Honda Ridgeline models. Ridgeline AWD RTL models and above include heated exterior mirrors. Smart Entry is standard on Ridgeline RTS and above models.

Sliding Sunvisors
To provide more flexible shading from the sun, all Ridgelines come equipped with sliding driver and front passenger sunvisors that can be extended 6.1 inches along their mounting shaft, a distance that provides perpendicular shade for the eyes even when the front seats are in their rear-most position.

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
RTL-T and above models feature an electro-chromatic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles.

The Ridgeline has analog instrumentation with large tachometer on the left and coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauge on the right of a central 4.2-inch full-color Multi-Information Display (MID) that provides a range of information and trip computer functions. The digital speedometer is prominently positioned front-and-center above the MID.

The gauge package progressively illuminates to give the driver a welcoming feel upon entry. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting illuminates and then brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument panel then comes alive, indicating that the vehicle is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.

Multi-Information Display
The Ridgeline instrument panel provides important vehicle information via a Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned centrally in the meter panel. Controls positioned on the right side of the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the MID display through multiple screens of information from sources including LKAS, ACC and more. The Honda Ridgeline MID also displays turn-by-turn directions when using embedded navigation or Android Auto navigation app.

The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the Ridgeline driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires.

Advanced and Intuitive Instrumentation and Controls
All important systems and controls in the Ridgeline are positioned within easy reach of the driver. Controls for the systems used most frequently—audio, cruise control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, available navigation system with voice recognition and Multi-Information Display—are conveniently positioned on the steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an easy-to-read analog design, supplemented with digital and graphic displays. Typical of Honda interior design, the soft-touch switchgear of the Ridgeline is engineered to deliver a high-quality feel and positive action. A new standard multi-angle rearview camera provides a choice of three different views.

Engine Immobilizer
Complementing the remote entry system is a standard engine-immobilizer system. A special electronically coded key prevents the vehicle from being started—even if a mechanical duplicate of the key is used. A transponder, built into the key, signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the vehicle is hotwired, or an unauthorized key is used, the engine will not start.

Transmission Controls
In the Ridgeline, the 6-speed automatic transmission has a conventional straight-gate shifter that is intuitive and easy-to-use and takes up little space in the center console.

The 2017 Ridgeline benefits from a completely reengineered powertrain and drivetrain that includes a new direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine, a sophisticated 6-speed automatic transmission, and an available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management system. Taken together, these new features and technologies give the new Honda Ridgeline highly refined and responsive performance with top-in-class acceleration and fuel economy ratings, along with the improved all-weather traction and dynamic handling capabilities of available torque vectoring all-wheel-drive.

Powering the 2017 Ridgeline is a new 3.5-liter direct injected i-VTEC® 24-valve SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The new engine is mated to a new, smooth shifting 6-speed automatic (6AT) that offers a 20 percent wider gear ratio spread than the previous-generation Ridgeline 5-speed automatic for enhanced acceleration, pulling power and fuel efficiency. The Ridgeline's new engine is rated at 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. peak torque. Peak engine output is up 30 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque over the previous Ridgeline, with increased torque over the engine's entire operating (rpm) range.

The new, more efficient engine and transmission, along with the lighter and yet more capable all-wheel-drive system, in combination with 73-pound (33 kg) reduction in vehicle weight and an 18 percent reduction in vehicle running resistance, results in substantially enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. The 2017 Ridgeline's 0-60mph acceleration is quickened by 1.8 seconds compared to the previous Ridgeline, based on internal Honda tests. EPA fuel economy ratings (city/highway/combined) are up across the board:
·         +4/5/5 mpg on FWD models (compared to previous AWD model)
·         +3/4/4 mpg on AWD models

The Ridgeline's dynamic handling capabilities and all-weather performance are significantly enhanced by the most advanced all-wheel-drive system in the Honda Ridgeline's competitive class—the available all-new Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) all-wheel-drive system with an electronically controlled rear differential and dynamic torque vectoring capabilities that aids both all-weather traction and dynamic cornering and handling performance. Compared to the previous-generation Ridgeline AWD system, weight is reduced by 22 pounds (10 kg) and torque capacity is increased by 20 percent. To further enhance all-weather performance, both the front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) Ridgeline models include Intelligent Traction Management with push-button control, allowing the driver to choose between Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand modes with AWD, and Normal and Snow with FWD for optimal performance and traction in varying road and surface conditions.

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