With its reveal of the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck at SEMA, Honda has given us our first look at the body shape, as well as some design elements, of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. And as expected, much of the themes we know from the 2016 Honda Pilot (not to mention its 3.5-liter V-6 engine) will carry over to the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
Following an earlier teaser sketch, the off-road-ready Ridgeline Baja Race Truck debuted at SEMA with trademark black, red, and white Honda Racing livery. Looking beyond the twin-turbocharged engine, tube-frame chassis, tough wheel-and-tire package, and stripped-out interior, we can glean some details about the look of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
For one, the grille and headlight assembly from the Pilot is easy to spot on the Ridgeline Baja’s front end. We may yet see some of this more aggressive detailing for the grille bars and headlight housings on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, but the overall shape won’t be much of a departure. In step with what we’ve seen from our earlier spy shots of the redesigned midsize pickup, the Baja concept reveals a sleeker and more aerodynamic shape in profile, big windows, curved roofline, and low bed.
Some cool upgrades to the Baja Race concept you won’t find on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline include two turbos, an HPD intake, and new ECU programming to give the V-6 550 hp; plus an Albins sequential transmission, Fox racing shocks, General Grabber tires, a roll cage, Sparco seats, and more.