2021 Honda Ridgeline Changes: Hybrid and Type R Rumors

The Ridgeline is currently the only unibody pickup truck on the market and many drivers appreciate its superior comfort and ride quality. Simply, such a design approach may seem like a bit of compromise from a capability standpoint, but many drivers don’t actually need some spectacular towing ratings and similar things. The current generation has been around for some time, so it’s no surprise that we can find a lot of 2021 Honda Ridgeline rumors that suggest changes for the next year. That definitely won’t be a complete redesign, but some updates may come, including those in terms of aesthetics.

Still, the base design characteristics will definitely remain the same, so count on the same overall design and characteristics. This is a comfortable, crossover-like pickup truck, which puts comfort and driving experience in the first place. At this point, it is one of a kind on the market, but things could change in the near future. That’s the reason why many believe in 2021 Honda Ridgeline changes, which would definitely help in retaining the current position on the market.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Rendering

2021 Honda Ridgeline Possible Changes

As we’ve just mentioned, no one expects to see a 2021 Honda Ridgeline redesign. Simply, the current generation has been around for just four years, so it is way too early for such big changes. On the other side, this might be perfect timing for some mid-cycle updates, which would include changes in various aspects. Some of the things that come to mind first are aesthetical updates. The new model might get some new details at the front end, as well as in other areas, but we still haven’t seen any 2021 Honda Ridgeline spy shots.

On the other side, the interior probably won’t feature any particular change, although we will probably see some nice additions in terms of standard equipment. Under the hood, things should remain the same as well, although some reports suggest the company might come up with 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R. This would be a hi-performance version, with a more powerful engine, upgraded mechanics and styling. Some sources also suggest a hybrid version, but that doesn’t seem very likely at this point.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Changes

2021 Honda Ridgeline Design

Despite the possible changes, base design characteristics will definitely remain the same. The Ridgeline will carry on with its well-known unibody design, which provides excellent comfort and driving experience. Of course, you may count on a familiar crew cab body style, which comes with a spacious cabin and relatively compact overall size. To remind you, this pickup truck measures around 125 inches in wheelbase, which is shorter compared to other mid-size crew cab pickups in the class.

However, that doesn’t stop Ridgeline from having the most spacious cabin in the class. Moreover, the cabin looks very good and has a lot in common with the crossover sibling Pilot. Given the wheelbase, you may presume that a smaller cargo bed is a bit of a compromise. Still, the bed is quite functional, as there are things like the in-bed trunk, dual-action tailgate etc.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Truck

2021 Honda Ridgeline Engine

Some reports suggest we might see 2021 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid, though we don’t find this very likely. Others suggest a Type R version, with a more powerful gasoline engine. However, the current V6 is the only certain thing at the moment and we don’t expect to see any particular change in terms of powertrain for the next year. This 3.5-liter V6 is good for about 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in a combination with a new 9-speed automatic gearbox and dynamics and overall driving experience are pretty good in this pickup truck.

When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which are above-average ratings for the class.

Safety

One of the things where Ridgeline is in a big advantage compared to most pickup trucks is the number of safety features. The Honda Sensing is standard in this pickup truck and this package includes a lot of advanced systems. Some of the highlights are things like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. Of course, you can get even more in higher trim levels, including goodies like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Release Date

Release Date and Price

When it comes to the 2021 Honda Ridgeline release date, we expect that the new model will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year. Also, we don’t expect more significant changes in terms of the price, which currently starts slightly under 34.000 dollars.

At this point, the ridgeline competes with body-on-frame trucks like Tacoma, Colorado, Ranger etc. However, we expect a couple of brand-new unibody pickup trucks to arrive in the near future, including Hyundai Santa Cruz, so this segment will soon become much more interesting.  

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