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Honda begins the year the way they ended it: with a bang

Published on January 28 2016

Honda was among the names that took the American stage by storm by introducing a returning model to their lineup: the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

No less than two auto shows kick started at mid-January, the first American and Canadian shows of the year. And in the same week, Honda made sure to get everyone’s attention with two premieres: a global first and a Canadian one.

Detroit opened up on January 11th with media day, the day manufacturers like to schedule their unveilings, to get as much media coverage as possible. Honda was among the names that took the American stage by storm by introducing a returning model to their lineup: the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. 

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline strikes back

Discontinued in 2014, the Japanese pickup truck is reintroduced in all its glory with a new platform, a new design and a new silhouette. The enthusiasts will notice the absence of the semi sport bar and the sloping bed line at the back; the angles are now sharp and clean and straight. The front portion of the vehicle borrows from the existing Honda lineup, mounted on a next-generation ACE platform for Honda’s lightweight trucks.

The new Ridgeline also features numerous options such as the 4-feet wide flat bed equipped with eight tie downs capable of holding up to 350 lbs, a 400-watt AC power inverter for tools as well as a dual action tailgate the bends down like a regular gate or that swivels like a door, mounted on hinges, for easy access to the bed. For the first time, the Ridgeline is also equipped with exterior speakers - or more specifically, exciters - located in the bed walls to power up some music on the outside of the vehicle. Under the hood, the Ridgeline will be equipped with the Pilot’s 3.5L V6 engine, teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Honda Civic coupe 

Three days later, north of the border, Honda unveiled the two-door variant of Canada’s best selling car for 18 years in a row: the all-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe. Following the direction of the four-door version, the new Civic Coupe sports the same, bolder design, with a little extra sportiness borrowed to the Coupe concept introduced in New York last year. Just like its sedan counterpart, the 2016 Civic Coupe will be available with a choice of two new engines: a 1.5L turbo engine rated at 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque and a 2.0L rated at 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. You will have the choice between a 6-speed manual transmission (currently only available with the 2.0L engine) or with a CVT.

Both new models will be packed with the latest Honda technologies, including the Honda Sensing Suite of safety technologies and improved smartphone compatibility thanks to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications. You will be able to view the new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe at Civic Motors in the spring, followed later in the year by the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

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