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Honda kicks off 2017 Ridgeline production in Alabama

The pickup is built alongside the Pilot, Odyssey and Acura MDX.

Honda is celebrating the start of mass production for its redesigned Ridgeline.

The pickup is built exclusively at Honda's Alabama assembly plant, assembled alongside Honda's Pilot crossover and Odyssey minivan. The factory also builds the Acura MDX luxury crossover.

The company likely hopes the 2017 Ridgeline's more traditional pickup profile will help invigorate sales. The new model still rides on a unibody chassis, but without the controversial buttresses tying the cab to the bed.

A 3.5-liter V6 engine carries over for the second-generation model. Buyers can now opt for either front-wheel drive or i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.

Honda claims the Ridgeline is the only pickup in its class to offer 48 inches if space between the rear wheel arches, along with a new truck-bed audio system and 400-watt inverter for tailgate partying.

The 2017 Ridgeline is expected to begin arriving in showrooms later this month.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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