Honda Automobiles: 2017 Honda Ridgeline Press Kit

Posted on 10. May, 2016 by in Honda Canada

The 2017 Ridgeline is built on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform. Unlike normal lorry offerings that implement body-on-frame construction, a 2017 Ridgeline’s unitized physique construction provides for vastly higher torsional physique acerbity with revoke weight, that directly advantages pushing performance, fuel potency and fit interior packaging.

Combined with a worldly chassis, featuring entirely eccentric front and behind cessation systems, a Ridgeline’s ultra-rigid physique so provides a substructure for a high turn of pushing excellence that no normal body-on-frame aspirant can match, while also providing for a high turn of pickup lorry hauling and towing capability, including a class-leading limit bucket ability of adult to 1,584 pounds (718.5 kg) and adult to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) towing (RT AWD). 

The 2017 Ridgeline also facilities Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) physique structure, that provides a high grade of newcomer insurance in frontal collisions and is expected to assistance a Ridgeline accept a tip accessible collision reserve ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when versed with accessible Honda Sensing technology.

The Ridgeline’s modern, imperishable and aerodynamic physique serve uses a extended array of modernized materials, including ultra-high-strength hot-stamped steel, aluminum and magnesium to serve minimize weight while also enhancing acerbity and collision reserve performance. Moreover, a modernized aerodynamic physique pattern aids fuel potency and polished and still pushing performance.

Key Body Features

  • Advanced aerodynamics
  • Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure*
  • “3-Bone” front building structure*
  • Optimized member grades
  • Noise, quivering and rudeness (NVH) enhancements
  • Acoustic windshield* (RTL and above)
  • 19.5-gallon (73.8 liters) fuel tank

* First for Ridgeline

Exterior Dimensions
Compared to a prior Ridgeline, a new 2017 Ridgeline’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer and altogether car length is adult 2.8 inches. A somewhat longer front overhang helps to urge pile-up reserve performance, while a longer wheelbase urge newcomer and bucket (bed) space. Compared to a prior era Ridgeline, a new Ridgeline has a 5mm longer front overhang and a 10mm shorter behind overhang.

Advanced Aerodynamics
Starting with a altogether physique measure and shape, fortitude with extraneous facilities such as a sculptured side mirrors and physique side, and fluctuating to countless under-body sum such as atmosphere strakes and covers, a new 2017 Ridgeline is a many aerodynamically fit Ridgeline yet.

Airflow around a car physique and by a engine cell has been entirely optimized regulating worldly Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) displaying and endless contrast and tuning in a 40-percent-scale breeze hovel during a Raymond, Ohio car growth core of Honda RD Americas, Inc.

Overall, a new Ridgeline’s extensive aero-overhaul pays dividends in probably each partial of a pushing experience, from fuel potency gains (and revoke emissions) to energetic fortitude on a highway, and reduced interior sound levels that directly minister to a calmer and some-more beguiling ride.

Compared to a prior Ridgeline model, a fellow of drag x area (CdA) is reduced 15 percent, as energetic by CFD simulations.

In front, a full-width atmosphere dam sweeps atmosphere around a car sides, while additional guides approach atmosphere by a fender and grille openings to a air-conditioning condenser and engine radiator, shortening atmosphere recirculation and drag. Inside a engine compartment, a airflow is afterwards channeled to combine uniformly with atmosphere issuing underneath a Ridgeline. While underneath a car a full-width front undercover, an aluminum engine undercover, and a mid-floor cover serve assist in shortening turmoil and smoothing airflow in these areas. Strakes located brazen of a behind tires serve route airflow around a tires for additional potency gains.

Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
The 2017 Ridgeline’s extended Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) physique structure is a second era of Honda’s disdainful ACE constructional design. ACE is an disdainful physique pattern that enhances newcomer insurance and pile-up harmony in frontal crashes. It uses a network of connected constructional elements to discharge pile-up appetite some-more uniformly via a front of a vehicle, assisting to revoke a army eliminated to a newcomer compartment. It can assistance to some-more uniformly sunder a army eliminated to other vehicles in a pile-up as well. ACE also helps revoke a chances that one car will overrule or underride another, improving pile-up harmony of vehicles that differ in size. ACE goes serve by charity additional strength and insurance in tiny overlie frontal collisions, that are among a many severe. Multiple member grades, including ultra-high-strength steel, are used in a Ridgeline’s physique construction to assistance optimize reserve performance.

Body Construction
Utilizing Honda’s Global Light Truck Platform structure, a 2017 Ridgeline’s quell weight is reduced by as most as 73 pounds (33.1 kg) compared to a prior model. Even so, it has 28-percent larger torsional acerbity and is some-more firmly hermetic than before, assisting to yield class-leading energetic opening along with a new turn of comfort and serenity fitting a standing as a reward midsize pickup. These improvements advantage reserve as well, assisting a new Ridgeline aim a tip probable pile-up ratings, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). See a Safety and Driver Assistance territory for serve information.

“3-Bone” Front Floor Structure
Located underneath a front building of a Ridgeline is a “3-Bone” structure that improves impact bucket management, directing appetite around a newcomer cabin in a eventuality of a frontal collision. The structure creates 3 opposite bucket pathways, or “backbones,” that channel collision energy. One channels collision army from a front of a car directly underneath a newcomer cabin; a other dual channel collision army underneath a vehicle’s left and right side frames. The outcome is an softened capability to safely channel appetite during a frontal crash.

Optimized Material Grades
Multiple member grades are used in a Ridgeline’s physique construction to grasp glorious altogether car dynamics, optimize reserve performance, and revoke NVH. Materials operation from 6 opposite grades of steel, including reward high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel used in a unit-body; an aluminum hood and front bumper-reinforcement beam; and a cast-magnesium steering hanger beam. All were selected to grasp a best mixed of strength, rigidity, energetic opening and light weight. Fully 58.1 percent of a physique structure is stoical of modernized materials, including a focus of ultra-high-strength steel to 19.3 percent of a body.

Body Materials

Key Engineering Features
The 2017 Ridgeline facilities several singular advancements in physique pattern and materials that significantly urge altogether rigidity, while shortening weight. This directly helps urge altogether car dynamics, pile-up reserve performance, interior quietness, and long-term durability.

Ultra-High-Strength Door Rings
The new Ridgeline has 1300-megapascals (MPa) ultra-high-strength steel doorway bolster beams and ultra-high-strength front doorway outdoor stiffener rings done of 1500-MPa hot-stamped steel. Laser welded and significantly stronger than typical steel, a ultra-high-strength steel reinforcements are designed to assistance softened strengthen occupants in a frontal or side impact. Their augmenting strength allows a components to be done lighter, that also reduces altogether car weight for softened potency and energetic performance.

Optimized Truss-Style Rear Inner Construction
The behind support structure of a 2017 Ridgeline is undeniably critical to a altogether constructional acerbity of a body, to collision reserve opening and to a Ridgeline’s hauling and towing capability. Utilizing entirely boxed support members for a physique sides and behind tailgate frame, a truss-style behind center construction contributes to a new Ridgeline’s some-more required three-box pattern profile—allowing for a rejecting of a buttress-style physique structure in a brazen apportionment of a tip bed on a prior model—while contributing to a 28-percent benefit in torsional acerbity contra a prior model. Also, a U-shaped behind support member serves as a rarely firm ascent structure for a behind tailgate, permitting for a rarely accurate tailgate fit.

Structural Foam
Ridgeline physique acerbity and therefore collision reserve opening and cabin serenity are serve extended by a use of constructional froth inserts in pivotal locations. These embody a left and right B-pillar stiffeners, a inside of a corner that connects a left and right side core frames underneath a front floor, and a corner between a C-pillar, tip bed rail and a behind of a cabin.

Cast Magnesium Steering Hanger Beam
Located inside a instrument panel, a Ridgeline’s expel magnesium steering hanger lamp replaces a multi-part steel territory in a prior Ridgeline. It serves as a constructional connection indicate for a steering column, pedals and instrument panel, as good as a constructional member that helps a newcomer cabin keep a figure in certain collisions.

The expel magnesium steering hanger lamp offers several advantages compared to a prior steel unit:

  • Simpler construction – Created from a singular casting instead of mixed opposite extrusions and stampings, a new magnesium steering hanger lamp offers some-more accurate construction.
  • Lighter weight – The magnesium steering hanger lamp saves 7.5 pounds compared to a allied steel component, contributing to softened float and handling, fuel potency and revoke emissions.
  • Better fit and finish – The harsh tolerances of a magnesium steering hanger lamp concede for some-more accurate plcae of a instrument row for softened fit and finish.

Composite Materials
The Ridgeline physique structure utilizes combination materials to serve revoke weight while enhancing acerbity and sound dampening. One instance is inside a vale B-pillars, where combination stiffeners, together with constructional foam, assistance urge physique acerbity while shortening weight. Another instance is a bottom that supports a Ridgeline’s battery: Created from a singular combination casting, it binds a battery firmly while adding minimal weight to a altogether physique structure, saving 4.6 pounds (2.1 kg) compared to a required steel battery base.

Aluminum Front Bumper Beam
The aluminum front fender lamp saves 2.2 pounds (1 kg) while enhancing constructional integrity.

Outward prominence is softened pleasantness of narrower A- and B-pillars, augmenting sum external prominence for a motorist from 263.6 degrees on a prior indication to 268.2 degrees on a 2017 Ridgeline, a benefit of 1.8-percent (with all headrests up). Vertical steer lines are also adult 5.5-percent in front and 13.4-percent to a behind (again with all headrests up). And with a accessible energy shifting behind window, a reshaped window support also improves rearward visibility. The driver’s situational recognition is serve extended by facilities such as the  Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, and accessible Honda LaneWatch™ display, blind mark information complement (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. See Safety and Driver Assistance section for some-more details.

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Countermeasures
The new Ridgeline has a refined, multiple-tier insulation package that takes noise, quivering and rudeness (NVH) countermeasures to a subsequent level, positioning it during a tip of a rival set.

All Ridgeline trims underline mixed strategically placed physique sealants, while a RTL and above trims supplement center froth front and behind doorway acoustic barriers, and a RTL-E and Black Edition supplement a high-density separator covering underneath a building carpeting for additional sound attenuation. Additional NVH enhancements on all models embody acoustic separators practical to a revoke front apportionment of a doorframe, tip inside and tip outward portions of a A-pillar, a revoke apportionment of a B-pillar, a behind apportionment of a behind doorframe, and a tip apportionment of a C-pillar.

Triple doorway seals reinstate a double seals on a prior era Ridgeline. Thicker, sound-insulating acoustic potion (see below) serve aids altogether cabin quietness. Engineers even took stairs to stop sound from entering where a revoke behind cabin wall and lorry bed meet. Here, special extraneous and interior bed row insulators revoke incoming noise. Altogether, a improvements revoke rash physique trickle area by 75 percent compared to a prior era Ridgeline. See Exterior territory for some-more information.

Acoustic Windshield
Special acoustic laminated potion is used for a initial time on a Ridgeline RTL and above trims to assistance revoke sound entering a cabin. Tuned privately to draw wind-noise frequencies, a windshield potion uses an outdoor covering of 2.0 mm reserve glass, a 0.7 mm thick center covering of acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and a 1.8 mm center potion covering for a sum density of 4.5 mm. This helps a Ridgeline place during a tip of a category in wind-noise performance. The windshield also incorporates UV light-absorbing technology. The RT, RTS and Sport trims implement 4.7 mm thick laminated potion with 2.0 mm outdoor and center layers and a 0.7 mm unchanging PVB center layer.

Increased Window Thickness
Significantly thicker side window potion adds to a 2017 Ridgeline’s gains in attenuating wind, highway and automatic sound before it reaches a cabin. The gradual potion front and behind side windows are 5mm thick, 1.5 mm or 43-percent thicker than on a prior Ridgeline. The new Ridgeline also has 4.0mm thick behind glass, that is 0.9 mm thicker than that of a prior model.

Fuel Tank
The 19.5-gallon (78.3 liter) fuel tank is molded of high-density polyethylene for low weight, leisure from gnawing and for impact resistance. It is positioned brazen of a behind wheels (and over a three-piece propeller missile in AWD models) to assistance ensure opposite collision damage. The figure of a tank is designed to lessen a odds of sloshing-fuel noise. The polyethylene filler siren and fuel lines are lightweight, and resistant to gnawing and fuel fog losses. A high-efficiency fuel siphon is housed inside a fuel tank, and a fuel filter is a lifetime pattern that never needs replacement.

Key Body Features

* First for Ridgeline

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