Honda has promised a new pickup truck, a return of the Ridgeline model. The truck will debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in mid-January. The Ridgeline was a sport utility truck offered by Honda in the 2006 model year and discontinued in 2014.

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be a midsize truck, picking up where the previous generation left off. This will be the fourth new or significantly refreshed light truck model from Honda in the past 18 months. It will enter showrooms mid-year 2016.

Understandably, Honda is playing its cards close to its chest with the 2017 Ridgeline, keeping details quiet until next month's show in Detroit. Although the Ridgeline was never a big seller for Honda, it was a profitable truck and its discontinuation was said to be temporary.

Things enthusiasts might hope are going to stay with the 2017 Ridgeline would be the innovative and useful dual-action tailgate, which opened both downward in the traditional style and outward to the left (driver's) side like a door. The under-bed cargo space (called the In-Bed Trunk) was another popular design innovation for the Ridgeline. The trucks' unibody construction, rather than the traditional pickup body-on-frame design, had both good and bad points, including lowered capacity and towing and better drive dynamics.

When the 2017 Ridgeline unveils at Detroit, Gizmag will be sure to bring you the details of this new pickup from Honda. It will also appear in a promised Super Bowl commercial during the American football game in early February.

Source: Honda