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I've heard that this truck is built on the Pilot's platform. I've also heard that it is not. What's the real story on that?
 

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J.Bauer said:
I've heard that this truck is built on the Pilot's platform. I've also heard that it is not. What's the real story on that?
It's definetely not. Here's a snipit quote from Honda's spec info:

"...Integrated closed-box frame with unibody construction is extremely rigid and 93 percent unique to any Honda vehicle..."

http://www.hondanews.com/CatID2135?view=t&page=1
 

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Thanks for the links, vertrkr.

So this platform is tougher. Is it bigger I wonder?
And the drive train..is it the same as the Pilot?

Besides just wanting to know what's new about this truck and what is
being reused... I'm also getting at this question:

If this is a bigger, tougher platform - does Honda have any plans
to make a larger SUV on it - like a Ridgeline with the rear enclosed
and a third row added? And would that be something really different?
Or would those changes just amount to an updated Pilot
with a beefed-up chasis? Has anyone heard anything about that?

Thanks
 

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J.Bauer said:
...does Honda have any plans
to make a larger SUV on it - like a Ridgeline with the rear enclosed
and a third row added?...
Wow I doubt it. They built the thing to compete in the truck market.

Funny you would mention a 3rd row enclosed. That is what we didn't like/need/want about the Pilot that we almost bought before the Ridge came along!
 

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"So this platform is tougher. Is it bigger I wonder?
And the drive train..is it the same as the Pilot?"

The engine is the same, but everything around it (transmission, intake, exhaust, etc.) is designed for the heavier duty Ridge. As far as I can tell, the platform isn't really much bigger.

"If this is a bigger, tougher platform - does Honda have any plans
to make a larger SUV on it - like a Ridgeline with the rear enclosed
and a third row added? And would that be something really different?
Or would those changes just amount to an updated Pilot
with a beefed-up chasis? Has anyone heard anything about that?"

Those are interesting proposals. I don't think Honda has any plans for a bigger SUV, but it wouldn't be too hard with the Ridgeline now a reality. Plus, with the towing capabilities, this bigger SUV could compete against the Yukon and those other monsters.
 
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