Well this is what I have been talking about from the beginning of the reality of the next Ridgeline given the go ahead. The Mercedes sounds fantastic! wonderful almost perfect but expensive though, but from my standpoint its exactly what the a midsize segment has to do to show an impact which results in attention which then from there likely more sales.So, in a nutshell, the Mercedes GLT will basically be a truck with Ridgeline-like ride and comfort, but with hauling/towing capabilities exceeding the Tacoma (and maybe some full-size trucks). We should know by the end of the year if it will be sold in the U.S.
Mark LT was interesting. Right truck, wrong brand. Not too long ago luxury and pickup were not the same vehicle.^^ I have to agree there. My boss drives a white 2008 Lincoln Mark LT. I asked him why he decided to go with that rather than the F-150. He said he bought it used for half of its sticker price in 2011. Made sense to get the luxury for the same price or lower than a comparable F-150. The luxury trucks lose their value so fast that it doesn't make sense to buy something like that new. I've always been about value and practicality when I'm selecting a vehicle.
There have been rumors of that for many years now. I just can't see how there's a business case for it, though. The RL is already a low-volume niche vehicle. Can you imagine a $48-50k+ truck coming from Acura? I know many on here will say they'd buy such a product, but that's quite a lot of money for a luxury truck. I would venture a guess that less than 10,000 units would be sold per year. It would be around for a few years and would then get killed off.Mark LT was interesting. Right truck, wrong brand. Not too long ago luxury and pickup were not the same vehicle.
Mark LT is still sold in Mexico.
Perhaps Acura would consider a luxury pickup based off of Ridgeline.
Because the ZDX and Crosstour were so successful?I agree, an Acura RidgeSport would only happen if the base Honda model was very successful.
The Crosstour and ZDX were good vehicles plagued by polarizing styling and somewhat questionable space and utility. They weren't quite an SUV or wagon and weren't quite a sedan. Those who own them tend to have great things to say about them whereas most people wouldn't be able to look past the styling. That is something that greatly hurt the RL when it first came out. It was different and unlike anything else that had ever been produced. Its features and capabilities were what kept it around. The CT and ZDX never even got off the ground, really.Because the ZDX and Crosstour were so successful?
I think it's a missed opportunity
Maybe a Ridgeline based Acura could have things too expensive for Honda
Memory Seats, Hybrid, SH-AWD, and Sales opportunities are missed by not exporting and making a RHD for the world markets, along with a diesel.
...... you're probably right that it's mostly status.... but don't forget the functionality they get in the way of that huge interior space vs. a sedan. That part is practical, and likely does get utilized, even with these high-end brands/buyers. Just 'cause they don't go off-road doesn't mean they don't need an SUV or truck. Ten bucks says MOST Ridgelines have not been off-road either (as in >50%).I think an MB is ridiculous but ......MB suv was followed by Porsche suv. I've never seen a commercial for either or personally seen one off road yet people still buy them. I think @ that rate is more status than functionality