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Honda Dealership Accidentally Leaks Major 2020 Ridgeline Update

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Something is about to happen.

The second-generation Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup truck hit the market for the 2017 model year and has since received high praise from the media and public alike. Unlike conventional pickup trucks, the Ridgeline, like its predecessor, does not ride on a traditional body-on-frame chassis but rather a unibody frame, the same setup, though modified as the front-wheel-drive Pilot crossover. Honda, however, gave the latest Ridgeline all-wheel drive with a fully independent suspension. Not all truck buyers require serious off-roading capabilities, but rather a more fuel-efficient vehicle that can haul stuff around town. The Ridgeline does the job and, according to Digital Trends, a major update might be due in the very near future.

Apparently, a Honda dealership in Louisiana has revealed the crossover-based truck will enter the 2020 model year with some significant updates for its expected mid-life update.

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2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Rear Angle in Motion via Honda
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Side View Driving via Honda

Aside from a restyled front grille, the most interesting change will be under the hood: a hybrid option. The dealership, Honda of Covington, wrote on its website (it has since been removed as of this writing) that the 2020 Ridgeline will offer a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine connected to a pair of electric motors. No technical specifications were listed.

However, this appears to be the same setup found on both the CR-V and Accord hybrid models. If so, expect around 212 horsepower, at the very least. Currently, the Ridgeline's naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 is good for 280 hp. Other 2020 Ridgeline update the dealership noted include a restyled instrument cluster and some infotainment system improvements.

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2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Driver's Side Entry via Honda
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab 3.5L V6 Engine via Honda
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Rear Angle View via Honda

Honda did not verify the dealer's claims when Digital Trends requested comment but, at the same time, the automaker has yet to release official details, such as pricing, for the 2020 Ridgeline. Given that we're heading into the second week of October, a full 2020 Honda Ridgeline update, whether it be only minor updates and pricing or a full-on refresh, is due at any time.

Given that the Ridgeline has fresh competition, specifically the Ford Ranger, it makes complete sense to see Honda give its only truck a significant facelift going into its fourth model year. Hopefully, more updates coming soon.

2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Trunk Space via Honda
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Trunk Space via Honda
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Trunk Floor Storage via Honda
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Front Three-Quarter Left Side View via Honda

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2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab 3.5L V6 Engine
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Trunk Space
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Trunk Space
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Trunk Floor Storage
2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Front Three-Quarter Left Side View
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