Those eagerly awaiting the 2017 Honda Ridgeline shall not wait much longer. Honda announced today that the company has began mass-production of the 2017 Ridgeline pickup at the company’s assembly plant in Lincoln, Alabama.
“Today we celebrate the dedication of our Alabama team in bringing a very innovative new pickup truck to market,” said Jeff Tomko, president of HMA. “I congratulate all of our associates for their commitment to our customers as the Ridgeline returns with new features that will deliver even more of what today’s truck customers want and need.”
All-new for 2017, the Ridgeline brings some innovation to the pickup truck world. It has a trunk inside the cargo bed, a bed audio system for the hard-core tailgaters and a few other unique goodies. What remains to be seen is if the Ridgeline’s uniqueness can pair with what is a reasonably attractive design to actually make a meaningful impact on the North American pickup market.
Today’s announcement comes a few days after news broke that the 2017 Ridgeline will carry EPA fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city and 26 highway in front-wheel drive format while both numbers reduce by one for all-wheel drive. Those numbers are achieved with Honda’s familiar 3.5-liter V-6 and a six-speed automatic. Final power figures have, oddly, not been released by Honda.
Honda’s Alabama assembly plant also produces the Pilot, Odyssey and Acura MDX, all of which share their basic architecture with the Ridgeline. In order to produce all of those products, Honda employs 4,500 people at the facility.
As usual, expect the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to begin showing up at dealerships in the next few weeks.