My dad's 2004 Titan has a locking tailgate, so it's not really new.Same reason they did in 2006-2014, and the same reason every other mfg with an OEM cover did before the fairly recent trend of locking tailgates. (trend started more because tailgates were being stolen than anything else- and Honda tailgates don't get stolen). It's just another way to go.
I'd like very much to see a locking tailgate.... but it's absence doesn't negate the value of a cover, anymore than it ever has.
Ridgeline is a little different because it's dual action opens two ways.My dad's 2004 Titan has a locking tailgate, so it's not really new.
Another thing that can be stolen with the tailgate unlocked is the tail lights. On most trucks, it's just 2 screws accessed with the tailgate open.
GenI Ridgeline has a power trunk lock that is part of the central locking system. I can't imagine the GenII would be any different.Maybe its not a misprint. If it was, it would imply the trunk lock is power. Anyhow, let's wait until folks start taking delivery and then we will know for sure.