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2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R: Concept, Rumors, and Release Date

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Honda Ridgeline is a very interesting truck. While the other companies are building their pickups on the body-on-frame platform, Ridgeline is using a unibody architecture. So, this model offers a sportier handling and maneuverability, instead of high towing capacity. Now, when the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R appears, the Japanese company will raise the game to another level.

There are only few Honda models with Type R badge. Accord sedan and Civic Hatchback are the latest cars to get such package. And while the first rumor was a surprise, we are figuring out that 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R would be a great addition. Truck lovers don’t have any similar model nowadays. Sports trucks are dead, although there are rumors about the return of Chevy El Camino and Ford Ranchero. So, the Ridgeline Type R wouldn’t have competition. On the other hand, the sales of this kind of pickup are questionable. Truckers would have a new option, but the Type R suite will make the price of Ridgeline go up.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R front view

2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Upgrades

Both the interior and exterior of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R will get numerous upgrades. Also, the drivetrain revisit will introduce a much more powerful unit than the existing one. But, let’s check it step by step.

Exterior

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R is still uncertain. The truck’s concept is present for a while. Leaked renders and fans’ art are showing a cool truck based on the standard model. But, the 2020 Ridgeline Type R could become reality very soon.

Outside the vehicle brings new headlights and bumpers. Also, the Type R grille is different compared to the standard model. There is also the badge, showing the special version is there. Unique colors and wheels will make this pickup even more special. In the back, new bumper and badging are the most notable upgrades. We believe that designers will cover the box with bed liner, and there will be more extra features. Sunroof is going to make the 2020 Ridgeline Type R more aggressive and attractive.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R side view

Interior

Inside the cabin red color is dominant in all Type R models. So it will be for the truck. Leather seats with special stitches and red accents, new dashboard, latest infotainment system with huge display, and many more features are “must have”. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation will be parts of the standard offer. Sports seats will have more functions than for the current Ridgeline’s top trim level – Black Edition. Transparent dashboard display will show all info needed for a safe drive. Also, voice commands are improved for the next-gen HondaLink audio and infotainment.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R interior

2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Drivetrain

Under the hood of the current Honda Ridgeline truck is a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This is one of the most reliable powertrains in this family. It delivers 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R needs more power. A turbocharger will help this model go up to possible 450 hp. Experts are comparing this upgrade to Honda Civic Type R. For the hatchback, a 2.0-liter unit in pair with a turbocharger, is creating 300 hp, or 150 hp per liter. For a 3.5-liter unit, the output can go even higher, up to 500 hp.

Such energy will be capable to create stunning results for top speed and acceleration. Of course, many other upgrades are needed to support the engine – brakes, suspension, cooling… Estimations say the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R could sprint to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Max speed will be limited to 180 mph.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R vs Ford F-150 Raptor

The power output of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R will be close or even higher than for the legendary Ford F-150 Raptor. It uses a high-output version of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, similar to the Ridgeline’s. However, the difference in size and purpose will make these two no rivals. F-150 is a larger truck built on the BoF platform. While the Ridgeline Type R is going to dominate on streets, the Raptor version of F-150 is an off-road model. Different suspension, shocks, and other parts of the powertrain system will make them suitable for different terrains.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R mark

2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Release Date

We believe the time of 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R has come. Rumors are talking about its release date for a quite while. But, some trusted sources gave us hints about the possibility for the model to appear in 2020. Whatsoever, we still don’t know if the production will start immediately, or the Japanese company is going to present this model only as a prototype.

Pricing

It doesn’t take too much for experts to make first estimations about the prices. Currently, the most expensive model in the lineup is Black Edition. It costs just under $44,000. With significant upgrades, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R will cost at least $50,000. Do you know which other truck costs the same? Yes, Ford F-150 Raptor. Honda might challenge the legendary model eventually. Could they?

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