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If you google search correctly you'll find it. I didn't find it that way but it's there, I checked.

It looks like somebody who had the press release leaked it early. Either that or it's the best fake ever.

I'm not linking to it because I don't want to in any way get this site in trouble for some reason for having it early - I don't know why that would happen or how but Joe and the other mods doesn't deserve that kind of thing.
 

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Found this with Google...not sure, probably not it, but then again, I've not seen this one before. You be the judge...do we have a match? Truly sorry if this is wrong. I'm gonna keep looking. (P.S.: Not bad if it's real!!)
 

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I'm now leaning toward "fake" because the extended/overlapping rear cabin panel seen in spy shots is missing...but that may have been part of Honda's disguise that looked suspicious to many of us (the weird back window cowl thing). But the wheels are right, the Baja chrome grille bar is right, the headlights are right, and the side panels and hood look right. If this IS the real thing, my first impression is "Well whadya know, Honda gave us a truck!".

P.S.: Makaze just posted some info on the other thread.

Edit: I'm flipping back to "could be the real deal". I need some sleep!
 

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Found this with Google...not sure, probably not it, but then again, I've not seen this one before. You be the judge...do we have a match? Truly sorry if this is wrong. I'm gonna keep looking. (P.S.: Not bad if it's real!!)
Well, it matches all the clues we've seen so far and discussed:

- same Pilot hood and headlights
- same grille design as Baja Ridgeline (2 chrome bars + some sort of frame around grille) and spy photos (black rows beneath enlarged Honda badge)
- rectangular (with corner notch) airdam and rectangular foglight/parking light assembly (also with corner notch) on a boxy bumper (matches front-end of spy photos and Car & Driver rendering)
- wheels look like official teaser sketch
- even has a skid plate-looking lower trim as predicted

IF that's the real thing, it's exactly how I imagined it.
 

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That's what I saw. Again - it's either the real deal or the best fake ever.
The image of this Ridgeline looks good to me. But my main concern is not the looks but the mechanical characteristics, primarily the four-wheel-drive system. How much of an improvement is it going to be over my 2013 model?

One of the characteristics that I have not cared for in my Ridgeline is the steering ratio. I would like to see a faster steering ratio implemented in the new Ridgeline.

But I have faith in Honda that the new Ridgeline is going to be a significant improvement mechanically speaking. But since I am quite satisfied, other than the steering ratio mentioned, and I have so few miles on my 2013 model, and at my age, it is doubtful that I will ever trade. Which is quite all right with me because I like this truck so much.

But it will be good to see all of the speculation ended and facts begin to appear!:act006:
 

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The lower grille seems off to me. Doesn't seem to match the spy shots. It looks flat all the way across the bottom and that's not what we see in spy shots - it's hard to tell though with the camp wrap and only one pic.

If this IS it it looks pretty good I'd say.
 

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Reply to Kaen:

Hey, I'm happy you're one of the first to see it. You nailed the front better than anyone but Honda made it even truckier. Me like this, even if it's fake! Check out Makaze's post in the other thread. Do you suppose the California design team is having a good laugh about now, saying "Did you REALLY think we'd give you that silly Motor Trend Pilot abomination?"

I know, I know...we still need confirmation and some specs before we get too carried away. Those rear control arms look darn low to me, but they're close to the wheels in a location that might not be too bad for off-road travel.
 

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Man, lots of stuff to feast on in the press copy (link above): the surprise is the in-bed audio system, but there's also an optional 400W power inverter in the bed. But no mention of armrests! That may have to wait for the reveal in Detroit.
 

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I dunno.........that image is pretty convincing right down to a close up of the dirt on the tires. I do hope it's real, because I like it quite a bit.

Based on where the bottom of the rocker sills is relative to the wheel centers, ground clearance looks about like Gen 1 and better than those raked camouflaged test prototype photos. If the info Makaze posted on the other thread is correct about FWD and AWD versions is correct, maybe those camo vehicles were AWD versions. Actually I think also offering a FWD version would make a lot of sense to many prospective buyers.

If this is the real thing, I think DogOnBoard could be right about the California design team having a few laughs if they have been following all the discussion here. I like the looks of this (as a truck) better than I like the looks of the new Pilot(as an SUV). We'll know more in less than 12 hours.........
 

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Thanks a lot Honda! You just made me rethink where my money is going this year! This truck if that article is valid is off the charts!!! Bigger box, Inverter to charge my tools in the box....stereo in the box although not needed works for me since I always have all doors open with tunes going while working on outside jobs, which means my entire G1 interior is filled with saw dust. Problem solved. Everything about this is just awesome! I really didn't want to buy new but man I love this Gen 2 if that's it.

It's almost 3am and I can't sleep now!
 

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Man, lots of stuff to feast on in the press copy (link above): the surprise is the in-bed audio system, but there's also an optional 400W power inverter in the bed. But no mention of armrests! That may have to wait for the reveal in Detroit.
Biggest surprise in my mind is the offering of both AWD & FWD models! That's a biggie for sales IMO. Costs & fuel economy should be noticeably better with the FWD model (for those who don't need/want AWD).
 

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Biggest surprise in my mind is the offering of both AWD & FWD models! That's a biggie for sales IMO. Costs & fuel economy should be noticeably better with the FWD model (for those who don't need/want AWD).
Well, Joe suggested the FWD version was coming now or next year, so I kinda doubt that was the latest surprise Honda promised him. But hey, we still don't know about the armrests or tow mode, and Joe was hot on those as well.
 

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Just read the press copy linked above. Lots of interesting info there and it's good to see Honda emphasizing some of the virtues and advantages of the Ridgeline concept, including interior space, trunk, and truly useful bed size.

It still probably won't draw many conventional pickup diehards away from the "big three" but if Honda markets it correctly and gets the details right without getting too pricey, I think it will be a success. In fact, with a more conventional but still distinctive look, AWD and FWD versions, plus better capabilities and fuel mileage, I think it has a better chance than Gen 1.
 

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Well, Joe suggested the FWD version was coming now or next year, so I kinda doubt that was the latest surprise Honda promised him. But hey, we still don't know about the armrests or tow mode, and Joe was hot on those as well.
Tow mode is defined there (the mud, snow, etc. thing).

And while I believe this is the real deal image of the truck, it definitely looks computer generated to me (vs. actual photo). This might explain minor variations from what we actually end up seeing (but only minor variations).
That's my thought anyway.

BTW, I like it too!
 
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