2016 Honda Ridgeline

If the rumors comes true, 2016 Honda Ridgeline would become number one hybrid in its class of pickup trucks in US market. Current model is ranked 3rd, behind Chevy and Ford, so Honda decided to go year of and develop a truck for major impact. It was planned initially to be launched as 2015 year model, but Japanese company decided to take some extra time and release the pressure from engineers.

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Pickup truck hybrids

First try to go hybrid in the class was Chevrolet 1500 Silverado Hybrid. That vehicle turned a lot of attention to itself. Both positive and negative. While some people just love it, on the other side were haters. In 2014 Chevy left this experiment, and Silverado went on with EcoTec powertrain instead of hybrid. Well, petrol engine was stronger, was more efficient and performances were better. However, these vehicles weren’t the same class, since Silverado is bigger and stronger than 2016 Ridgeline will be. But, what will be highlight of the new Honda’s truck is handling and superior off-road drive.

2016 Honda Ridgeline

2016 Honda Ridgeline delay

There is a lot of questioning about the causes for pause in 2015 for Ridgeline. Rumors leaked that Honda took some time to improve design, and with that aerodynamic. It was affected with big consumption, where improvements were priority. Ridgeline rating of 17 mpg combined wasn’t competitive. Chevrolet and Ford made big step in this area by raising levels for both efficiency and power. New Ford F150 will have around 25 mpg and Silverado claims that will go with 23 mpg. However, these are full-size trucks, with more power for towing and big load, so 2016 Honda Ridgeline wouldn’t be able to compete with them.

2016 Honda Ridgeline

2016 Honda Ridgeline engine

Japanese carmaker is well known for its 4-wheel drive system called VTM-4, so we are sure it will be one of the option for 2016 Honda Ridgeline. This vehicle will use Aluminum block 3.5 liter 24 valve SOHC V6 powertrain. From experts we found out it will be capable to deliver 250 horsepower and 245 ft-lb of torque. Hybrid option for 2016 Honda Ridgeline is in developing stage. Engineers will try to integrate iMMD Hybrid technology. From some rumors, we heard that Japanese company is aiming 30 mpg rate with this hybrid.

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