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2016 Honda Ridgeline Spied Looking More Truck-Like in the Desert

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/15/2015 Karla Sanchez
2016 Honda Ridgeline Spied Looking More Truck-Like in the Desert

Remember the Honda Ridgeline? The last we heard about the unibody pickup was that it was ending production for a short while before coming back as a next-gen truck in 2016, which looks to be what spy photographers saw testing in the desert.

While the heavily camouflaged model's overall shape looks the same as before, that could be the camouflage doing its job. A defining design characteristic on the last model was a roof that sloped down to the bed. The prototype appears to retain that feature, but given that a Ridgeline teaser released in late 2013 showed a more traditional pickup outline, that could be a disguise. From the side, the covered up prototype doesn't appear to be as boxy as the outgoing model, with a sleeker roofline and front end. Rumor has it that the Ridgeline will also benefit from Honda's Earth Dreams technologies.

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With the outgoing Ridgeline undergoing very minimal changes for more than a few years, rumors started to swirl that the unibody pickup was destined for the chopping block. Honda, however, dispelled those rumors, saying the “Ridgeline has a significant role in the Honda line-up and it is expected to continue in the foreseeable future.” Since then, the automaker teased the above mentioned design sketch, which seems to match up to what we're seeing in the spy photos.

Like the outgoing model, the next-gen Ridgeline will be designed by Honda R&D Americas, at the company's Los Angeles and Ohio facilities. We've reported before that the truck will go into production in the spring of 2016, so it's possible it will make its debut within the next year.

Photo Source: KGP Photography

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