The Japanese company is currently working on an updated version of one of the most popular tracks. The new model will come as 2021 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid. As the body-on-frame truck market getting bigger and bigger each year, the participants must find a way to stay competitive. Honda’s truck will have very tough opponents, such as Ford Ranger and the refined Jeep Gladiator. Still, we do not doubt that the upcoming Hybrid will deliver some impressive features itself. After all, the Japanese automaker is well-known for its comfort-oriented pickups, with excellently-designed interiors.
Moreover, under the hood of the Ridgeline Hybrid will be a brand-new configuration. The Tokyo-based carmaker will continue to work on the more distinctive exterior design. The main goal is to establish a recognizable look, which will separate Honda’s truck from the rest of the segment.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Exterior Design
Design-wise, the upcoming 2021 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid won’t differ too much from the regular truck. However, some unique details will distinctly separate these two models. The Hybrid version will ride on a unibody platform, which makes this truck pretty unique in the class.
Also, even though the conventional body-on-frame models offer better-towing capacity, the 2021 Ridgeline will deliver better ride quality. That does not strike as a surprise – the forthcoming truck will share many things with the Passport and Pilot siblings.
The Interior and Equipment
The interior of 2021 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will be very driver-oriented, and full of high-quality materials. The first thing you’ll notice is a brand new instrument cluster. Also, the cabin is exceptionally well designed, with the right balance of quality materials and the latest tech. The Hybrid version offers more than enough room, and even the taller passengers won’t have any problems in the rear part of the vehicle.
Of course, you can expect a good amount of equipment, a lot more what ships in with the regular model. So, the Hybrid includes a 7-speaker audio system with USB ports, Bluetooth, updated navigation, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Of course, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity will be part of the standard equipment. Also, a power-sliding rear window, moonroof, and tri-zone automatic climate control are available as well.
Under the hood of 2021 Honda Ridgeline will be the Accord-based 4-cylinder powertrain. This engine will provide excellent fuel economy. However, this unit produces significantly less power than similar mills in the segments. So, Honda will probably come with a V6-based configuration instead. One of the options could be a configuration from the Acura MDX.
The Acura’s luxury crossover offers a combination of a 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit and two electric motors, which powers the rear axle. The MDX’s combination makes a total of 320 hp. That amount of horsepower is just enough to provide a satisfying driving experience.
Moreover, the Acura’s crossover returns 27 mpg combined. But, if the Ridgeline Hybrid employs a V6 engine, we assume that the figures will be lower. A reason for that is a heavier curb.
When Will the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Be Available?
According to the latest reports, 2021 Honda Ridgeline is half-way through the development process. However, the official release date is still unknown. The automotive experts assume that the Hybrid will be ready in the first few months of 2021, after the release of the regular model.
The hybrid version will add a couple of thousand to the starting price of the gasoline-powered truck. So, expect that the Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will start somewhere around $31,000.