It is the leaked specs and studio images of this 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R which is subject to much hype. And if the pictures and info are anything to go by, then this upcoming light-duty pickup may change the market scenario altogether. Honda’s Type R badge is similar to BMW’s M badge – both of them concentrate on elevating performance and looks of running models.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
The leaked images have gone on to create quite some frenzy among automobile enthusiasts. And there’re reasons for this too as this car looks stunning, unlike the honestly blunt and diminutive current generation.
This new model looks sharper with a more attractive front fascia. Though all new generation models will not have the same all-black design, this new black grille looks much better. Underlined by a matte front sharp front fender, it slowly curves till a nicely accentuated hood.
A black line sporting Honda’s logo lies at the top of this grille which in turn stretches on both sides over the headlamps. These new lamps are larger and sharper at the edges. Creased into the fascia, they give off a much better vibe and add to the overall look positively.
This new front fascia is a lot more attractive compared to the current model as it has an aggressive shape to it instead of being roundish. Leaked photos show that this 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R will come with the badge-specific red tone with red painted side mirrors.
This red and black color tone pattern will follow in this new Honda Ridgeline Type R 2018 as well. Expect black leather upholstery and metal fittings with red accents. This model will be a top-ranking trim so there will obviously be added other comfort features such as heated and power adjustable front seats, tri-zone climate controls etc.
Infotainment features are one aspect Honda has fallen behind with this range of pickups especially to the likes of Toyota. This new range will look to improve on that starting with an 8-inch LCD multi-info display.
Whether Honda will do away with analog controls and go for completely digital interface is worth a watch. However, they will include a better audio system in this pickup over the previous ones.
Other expected features in this 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R include:
- Honda Sat-Link Navigation with Voice Recognition
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- SiriusXM Radio
- Pandora and OnStar compatibility
2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R – There’s a surprise Under the Hood:
This is where Honda will most probably leave a surprise for the rest to follow. This current generation 3.5-liter V6 engine pumps up 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. and this is exactly where the Japanese manufacturers would look to improve.
A similar engine with a turbocharger might hit the market first with power outputs tweaked above 300 hp. Although the current and 2017 Ridgeline have superior efficiency specs, it lags behind too much on power specs.
Whether this 2018 Ridgeline Type R will come with a 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V6 only to push the outputs above the 450 hp units is worth a watch.
Either way, there is very little info on this 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R. So stay tuned for more updates.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R – Release Date and How Much will Cost?
Honda will bring out a new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R series by mid-2018 with a price tag expected to be around $30,000.