Early this year, Honda’s only pickup truck arrived as a completely redesigned model for 2017. The new Ridgeline came riding on a lighter and stronger platform, while adopting a more efficient powertrain. It also received an exterior and interior overhaul that gave it a slew of sleek features. Now, the recent rumors suggest that the company is due to launch a high-performance Ridgeline for 2018. So, expect the beefed up version of this truck to arrive as the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R. In addition to a more potent engine, it is expected to offer a number of styling cues that will set it apart from standard models. Some sources claim that the model could go on sale in late 2017.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R Design
With the recent redesign, the Ridgeline pickup truck took a radical departure from the previous generation. It now features a more squared-off front fascia and a boxy cargo bed that give it a more traditional appearance. The front end sports a large Honda badge, loads of chrome accents as well as LED daytime running lights. These latest changes brought the Ridgeline more in line with the new Honda Pilot. As for the 2018 Honda pickup , expect it to add a few sporty features. When it comes to the exterior styling, it will distinguish itself thanks to a more aggressive front fascia.
Inside the cabin, the new Ridgeline features a setup almost identical to the one found in the Pilot. Its interior offers a perfect balance between a midsize pickup truck and a sophisticated SUV. Expect the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R to benefit from vastly improved materials as well as high-end amenities. Its cabin will offer a highly comfortable space for up to five passengers. Available equipment will include heated seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R Specs
When it comes to the engine specs, Honda has yet to release official statements. However, we expect the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R to have a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 under its hood. This mighty engine should churn out in excess of 350 horsepower. To put things into perspective, the standard Ridgeline currently has 280 horsepower at its disposal. We also expect the upcoming Ridgeline Type R to use a six-speed automatic transmission.
More details on the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R specs and price should surface in the coming months. Without a doubt, the arrival of the most powerful Ridgeline will be eagerly awaited by pickup truck enthusiasts.