Despite an aging design and low sales, Honda has remained committed to its Ridgeline pickup truck. Now, in its first official confirmation of a next-gen Ridgeline, Honda has released a teaser sketch (click to enlarge) of the new truck and promised a debut within two years, as previously reported.

The sketch shows the direction that Honda is planning for its new truck, which appears to ditch the single-piece body in favor of a more conventional pickup truck design. Even with the new design, it's not clear if Honda will move away from the Ridgeline's car-based platform shared with the Odyssey, Pilot and Accord. Sales of the Ridgeline dipped to below 10,000 units in 2011 but have increased steadily over the last two years (including 29 percent so far in 2013) with slightly more than 16,000 units on the year.

As for the current Ridgeline, Honda will wind down production at the Lincoln, AL assembly plant sometime during the middle of next year. The press release for the announcement is posted below.
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All-new Honda Ridgeline Pickup to Debut Within Two Years

12/10/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif.
-Design sketch reveals styling direction for Next-Gen Honda truck
-Current Ridgeline production will end mid-2014
-Sales of Ridgeline up 29 percent in 2013

An all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck will come to market in less than two years and, today, Honda shared a sketch expressing the new truck's styling direction. Honda also confirmed that production of the current Ridgeline (http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline/), built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama, will conclude in mid-2014.

Like the innovative first-generation model that earned 2006 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend Truck of the Year honors after its fall 2005 debut, the next-gen Ridgeline is being designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles and Ohio R&D centers.

The Honda Ridgeline broke new ground in the American pickup market with its unique design featuring a spacious five-passenger cabin, smooth ride and handling, and half-ton truck capability. The first truck of its kind to be built on a closed-box unibody platform, the Ridgeline introduced innovative new features to the pickup segment, such as its large In-Bed Trunk® and dual-action tailgate.

"The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda's role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."

Sales of Ridgeline have enjoyed strong momentum in 2013, strengthened recently by the introduction of a new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units through the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 29 percent.

About Honda
Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. Honda has more than 30 years of experience producing automobiles in the region, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having produced more than 25 million vehicles in North America through 2012 using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda currently operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obligatory diesel request, beause it's Honda throw out there a CNG request also. The true compact truck is probably dead in this country but I welcome new offerings like the Honda and Chevy.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        The true compact segment could be reborn on car-based platforms, or "coupe utilities" as they're known throughout the world. Chevrolet does sell a compact, car-based pickup in South America called Montana, but it does extremely poorly in even their crash tests. Ford that reason, it has no hope of being potentially imported to the US at this point. The sad thing is, it's a relatively new design, not a rehashed 1990s car like before, so there is no excuse for it's performance in crash testing.
      Hernan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey everyone! New Ridgeline!! ........hello?
      Sgt Beavis
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know it is just a sketch, but look how the rear window kind of hangs over the truck bed, just like it does in an F-150. I think that "might" just indicate a truck bed that is separate from the cab. IMO having the bed integrated as part of the body was one of Honda's many mistakes for the Ridgeline. Maybe they've learned a few things.
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well I LOVE my Ridgeline. And in another two years, I will be interested in the next one.
        Dane
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mary.keana
        You must be blind. Have you actually looked directly at it. The abysmal sales numbers show that many agree with me.
          rsholland
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dane
          What gives you the right to criticize someone who has actually lived and used this vehicle on a daily basis—unlike you.
          TruthHertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dane
          I saw someone touch a stove once. I didn't have to do it myself to realize it was stupid.
          Dane
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dane
          There was this other car around when she probably bought her 4x4 minivan. It was called the Explorer Sport Trac. *It too had storage in the bed *It had a true frame under it, unlike the Ridgeline *It had V8 that got either 1 mpg better or worse mileage than the Ridgeline's weak V6 *The V8 could tow 8,000 pounds because of the frame *It had 6 gears instead of 5 *The automatic in the Ridgeline has had issues in not only that application but the MDX, Pilot, and Odyssey (Open up a consumer reports) *The addition of an IRS in 2007 gave it excellent ride quality, almost on par with the Ridgeline *It wasn't an eye sore *It has no TIMING BELT to replace *It was around for years before the Ridgeline was even conceived In short the Ridgeline was outdated before it was released. In addition, Ford stopped production in 2010 because the market was soft for that type of vehicle. And now the Ridgeline is seeing the same thing year after year. A redesign won't help it. The market doesn't want it. Honda, go make another ugly car like the Crosstour that doesn't sell or the Insight that doesn't sell. I used to be a Honda fan, but they have lost their edge, stopped pushing the envelope, don't make the most exciting cars, and are no longer the technology or fuel economy leader. Taking a V6 that debuted in 1998 and an Inline-4 that debuted in 2001, and slapping direct injection on them is hardly special.
          TruthHertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dane
          rsholland, most Honda and Toyota owners are loyal because they are sheep. Instead of shopping around for the best car, they just go back to the dealer and buy another. However, past performance is never a guarantee for future returns. Case in point, the 2012 Civic was panned by critics but still sold well to the Honda sheep. I had one as a rental, it had one of the worst interiors I've seen in a modern car. It was also slow. The Kia Forte I had the week before as a rental was like a rocket in comparison and the fuel mileage I got from both was about the same. How about the fact that Toyota doesn't have a car that has gotten higher than marginal on the small offset frontal collision test? Past performance is never a guarantee for future returns.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mary.keana
        You don't have a Ridgeline, Aaron, you have an Element. Stop lying, and stop making dozens of accounts here.
          mary.keana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
          clearly the truthhertz you, and you are lost in some weird delusional alter-reality.
      Z
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the old one was decently capable to me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2duqpnDBXg
        rsholland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Z
        Very impressive. Can you imagine how much easier it would have been if it had dedicated mud-terrain tires!
      petrol42
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda is promising a new Ridgeline in 2 years huh? Was anyone even sad that the Ridgeline was gone in the first place?
        petrol42
        • 1 Year Ago
        @petrol42
        my bad, the Ridgeline is still around. I thought Honda had axed it.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      The current Ridgeline is a useful, capable vehicle - but is expensive, gets relatively poor mileage and has love it or hate it styling. But there still is market space for midsized utility type pickup vehicles - they just need to bring the mileage up and get the styling more palatable.
        mary.keana
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        The Ridgeline is expensive only if you compare it to other trucks that are stripped. Go price a Tacoma or a Frontier. Pick their crewcabs, add AWD or 4WD, locking rear differentials, trailer packaging with transmission coolers etc. Yes, you can buy a cheap standard cab 2wd Tacoma cheap.
          TruthHertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mary.keana
          Hey numb nuts. Every domestic full size truck get better mileage and has more power than your rehashed minivan.
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eliminate the sloped bed sides and the fwd-based driveline then maybe they can call it a truck. This reminds me of all the misfires when Honda and Toyota entered the minivan market. First, they tried to reinvent the wheel. After a few failures, they designed minivans similar to the Dodge which ended up very successful. If Honda made a small truck, but made it more traditional, and fuel efficient, I would expect it to be very successful.
        dinobot666
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Other Bob
        One advantage of the drivetrain layout/unibody chassis is how nice it handled, for a pseudo truck.
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please make a traditional truck. Not a raised van with different panels.
      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please don't make another one - no one wants the ones that you already sold them!
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Motor Trend named the Ridgline truck of the year in 2006, what a joke. Going along with others, it would fit my truck needs if it had a conventional bed that I could reach over and grab my stuff out of the front. For what I need even the Rabbit would do or an old Ranchero, 64-65 el camino.
      • 1 Year Ago
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