- Ridgeline to go out of production in September 2014
- All-new model expected in mid-2016
- Truck will spend two years off the market
The Honda Ridgeline pickup will be taking some time off. Honda recently announced it will remove the 4-door truck from the market for two years before an all-new model goes on sale in 2016.
According to Honda, its initial plan was to keep building the Ridgeline until the new version was ready. But slow sales of the truck have prompted the automaker to pull it sooner than expected. Honda says production will end in September 2014, which is around two years earlier than planned.
That leaves a pickup-sized hole in Honda’s lineup that the Ridgeline has filled since its 2006 debut. Dealers will likely sell leftover units to fill the gap until the redesigned model goes on sale.
News of the Ridgeline’s temporary demise won’t surprise enthusiasts and industry insiders. Last year, Honda sold just over 14,000 Ridgeline units — a number that has gone down from a high of more than 50,000 during the truck’s first year of sales. The automotive media has raised questions about the Ridgeline’s shaky future in previous years, though Honda has repeatedly downplayed them and confirmed the truck’s future.
And that seems to be true, as Honda promises we’ll see a new Ridgeline in mid-2016. While that’s a long way off, the automaker will likely begin rolling out the new model with pictures and preproduction versions at auto shows late next year or early in 2015.
The Ridgeline came out for the 2006 model year. Unlike most pickups, which use a dedicated truck chassis, the Ridgeline rides on the same car-based platform as the Honda Pilot. Also unlike most trucks, the Ridgeline is only offered with four doors — and it only uses a V6. The truck’s 3.5-liter engine makes 250 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.
We’ll report more information about the upcoming Ridgeline as it gets closer to going on sale.
What it means to you: If you’re considering a Honda Ridgeline, we have a feeling dealers may be willing to offer deeper discounts now that the truck’s temporary departure has been announced.