DETROIT - A year after unveiling a
concept version at the North American International Auto Show, Honda
Monday revealed the production edition of the Ridgeline pickup - the
company's fist such vehicle.
On sale this March, the 2006 Ridgeline is
Honda's entry into the truck sector that Dick Colliver, American Honda
executive vice president, said will account for 60 percent the U.S.
vehicle market in five years.
The Ontario-built Ridgeline is a
four-door, five-passenger pickup with a five-foot cargo bed. It is
powered by a 3.5-liter, 255-horsepower V6 with a towing capacity of
5,000 pounds and has all-wheel drive. It has more rear knee room than
the competition, and it features a unique trunk-like storage are a under
the cargo bed.
"That addresses one of the biggest
complaints about today's trucks," Colliver said.
The trunk area can hold three golf bags
or equivalent cargo.
"This is as real truck," Colliver said.
"It's not a Pilot (Honda's SUV) with a bed, and it's not on a car