The Honda’s current pickup truck and SUV lineup consist of smaller crossovers CR-V and HR-V, Pilot SUV, Odyssey minivan and the Ridgeline pickup. According to the latest news, the Company is planning to electrify these models by the year or two from now. So, besides the traditional engines, these models will be available with hybrid powertrains which will definitively be more fuel efficient but also pricier. Here, we will say a few words about the upcoming 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid.
The Ridgeline pickup truck should be on your list if you need a vehicle which has great towing capacities of up to 500 pounds but at the same time, a comfortable car which offers refined interior. In addition to this, it also comes with a truck bed and compared to its main competitors, its cabin is luxurious and well-equipped. The Honda Ridgeline is relatively fresh; it has been fully revised as the 2017 model year and the 2018 Ridgeline has only been refreshed with a few new exterior colors which are available in the Sport version. On the other hand, the newest 2019 Ridgeline should bring a major upgrade and it is the new hybrid engine. However, considering external appearance and design of the cabin, we expect no changes.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid powertrain
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid should arrive with a hybrid engine for the first time. However, the manufacturer hasn’t revealed any information about the engine which will power the hybrid version of this model. The current Honda Accord Hybrid is fitted with a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder unit and two electric motors which all together can deliver 212 hp. So, perhaps the future Ridgeline could get this same engine.
On the other hand, the standard version uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It is able to produce 280 horses and 262 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Furthermore, it is available with front-wheel and all-wheel drive systems. With FWD, it gets 19/26 mpg. With all-wheel drive, it is rated at 18/25 mpg in the city/highway drive.
Exterior and interior design
When it comes to exterior, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will retain the same looks of the standard version. It has been revised as the 2017 model year keeping its traditionally truck-like appearance which we find attractive.
The interior of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will be very similar to the one of the Honda Pilot. Considering it is a pickup truck, it has surprisingly quiet, cozy and very modern cabin. It provides plenty of head and leg room for all the passengers. The dashboard will feature a standard 5.0-inch touchscreen while the higher trims will get an 8.0-inch screen with HondaLink infotainment system.
The standard equipment will include cruise control, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, audio system with seven speakers, USB, power features, and so on.
The higher trims will add three-zone climate control, remote start, leather upholstery, navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity etc.
Release date and price
The carmaker still hasn’t revealed when the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will hit the market. Its price will surely be higher than the price of the standard version which starts at around $30,000.