November 3, 2004
Honda’s new truck to be called ‘Ridgeline’
Toronto, Ontario – Honda announced that its all-new 4-door, 4WD truck will be named the “Ridgeline”. The Ridgeline name was chosen to emphasize the vehicle’s adventurous spirit and truck capabilities, said the company. The production Ridgeline will make its Canadian debut at the 2005 Montreal International Auto Show in January 2005, and will go on sale in the Spring of 2005 as a 2006 model.
The Ridgeline has the first fully integrated, closed-box frame with unibody construction which offers half-ton payload capacity and significantly stronger body rigidity versus traditional body-on-frame trucks. For hauling, the Ridgeline features a five-foot bed with minimal wheel arch intrusion and is designed to carry a wide variety of cargo including two of Honda’s largest off-road motorcycles, the CRF450.
Inside, the Ridgeline will feature a spacious, full-size, five-passenger interior in a more maneuverable and garageable mid-size truck package. Utilizing a four-wheel independent suspension mounted to a highly rigid body, the Ridgeline will deliver superior handling and ride comfort versus other trucks in its class, says Honda.
The Ridgeline will be powered by 3.5-litre, V-6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission with a fully automatic 4-wheel drive system and a long list of standard safety features including 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, side curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control.
Complete details on the Ridgeline’s innovative new approach to the truck market will be available at both the 2005 North American International Auto Show and at the 2005 Montreal International Auto Show.