Honda shows new Ridgeline's backside, sans buttresses

The truck adopts a more traditional appearance as Honda takes another shot at the pickup segment.

Honda has revealed another teaser image for its next-generation Ridgeline pickup. The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline will make its global debut at next month's Detroit auto show.

Consistent with an earlier teaser sketch and spy-photo observations, the rendering shows a redesigned backside that loses the current generation's controversial buttresses in favor of a more traditional horizontal bed profile.

The bed is also expected to be stretched, providing more room for cargo behind the four-door crew cab.

Styled by Honda's California design studio and engineered in Ohio, the redesigned Ridgeline is expected to be built upon a unibody structure adapted from the latest Pilot crossover. A V6 engine will likely power most variants, while Honda's new VTEC Turbo four-cylinder mill could make an appearance.

Honda is presumably hoping the Ridgeline's mainstreamed appearance will attract more buyers in the segment. Despite growing sales from 2012 to 2013, the company retired the current generation two years ahead of its successor's arrival.

"We developed this new Honda Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better suited to the way many buyers use their truck," said Honda senior vice president Jeff Conrad.

The company promises to begin delivering the revamped Ridgeline by the second half of 2016.

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