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Old 08-15-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

I posted a few days ago that I'd post some updates regarding the future of the Ridgeline. I had hoped to get some approval to give out some info, but nothing yet. Here's what I can say and all is just my opinion (and you sure can't find the info anywhere else):

2013 -- The 2013 Ridgeline is currently in production and should show up at dealers within a month. I wanted to post a list of changes, but can't. It's essentially a carryover vehicle... but a few changes include a standard rear view camera on all models, and improved roof structure strength. A few mentions of Bluetooth changes.

2014 - 2015 -- Here's what I can tell you... the redesign for the Ridgeline is APPROVED and under active development despite what any other press source says. The Ridgeline is not discontinued. The R&D guys are working on the 'new' Ridgeline right now. This is NOT the same 'new' Ridgeline that was originally planned for a few years ago (which I described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary). I would not use that same description today. I do not know many details. There have been media reports that the next generation Ridgeline may be based off the CR-V, but I think those reports are in error. Why do I say "2014 - 2015"? Because I expect it to be late. Will it be a late 2014 or early 2015? I don't know. I do not expect the current generation of Ridgeline will be built as a 2014 model year vehicle (2013 is the end)... so there is a possibility that there will not be a 2014 Ridgeline. If I had to make a wild a** guess I'd say we'll see a 2015 Ridgeline around March of 2014. I expect to see a complete new driveline that includes the new Earth Dreams technology and a 6-speed automatic transmission (possibly even a hybrid). No diesel.

In the event there is no 2014 Ridgeline that does not mean the vehicle is discontinued. There will be a next generation Ridgeline but there are timing issues that seem to me will cause delay (only time will tell).
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

Thanks for the update!! That's great to hear!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

Thanks for the update as usual. I've been lurking for 2 years+ now, but sadly the Ridgeline update never panned out and just didn't roll over into the next gen. I'll be picking up a Tacoma in a few months if all goes well. All the best.
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

Thanks Joe!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:35 PM   #5
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

To me this is great news and thank you very much Joe for sharing this info. Looks like I will only be trading in my 2010 RL in 2015. Glad I updated my front grill (2012 Sport) and painted my 2009 RTL wheels like the 2012 Sport. Almost feels like I'm driving a 2012 Sport. Almost like going from a 2012 to a 2015.

Joe, do you know if the rear camera is in the tailgate handle like the curent RTL Navi?

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Old 08-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #6
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

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Joe, do you know if the rear camera is in the tailgate handle like the curent RTL Navi?

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Yes, I believe it is.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #7
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

Joe,

What casued Honda to back to the drawing board and re-design the RL? It gets expensive desinging a truck two times, especially one that is sold on such low numbers as the RL.
Do you think that Honda realized that the "new" RL would not be competitive and would be a dud?
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #8
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

Thanks Joe.

I've been like a dog waiting for the mailman waiting to hear what you had to say.

I sure hope I can hold out until the next gen comes out. My '06 has 115K on it (yeah I know I should be able to get 300K) but this is the most miles I've ever put on a vehicle I owned. So the itch to buy something new is getting tougher and tougher to hold off.

As usual, thanks so much for the update. It's greatly appreciated. Guess I'll get that scratch on my right rear quarter panel fixed & get the inside detailed so she feels new again!!!

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Old 08-15-2012, 07:38 PM   #9
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

So will Every ridgeline have a navigation system in the dash to display the camera?
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Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.

I guess I need to post a clarification... nothing in my posts is based on official information from Honda or anyone else. Sometimes my opinion are nothing more than looking at various pieces of the puzzle that I get from various sources and then try to visualize the big picture.

I try and share what I think is true... most of the time I end up pretty close, but I get fooled once in a while.
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