If these fresh spy shots are to be believed, Honda is all set to introduce a facelift for its 2024 Ridgeline pickup truck. This mystery prototype caught on public roads shows all signs of a mild-refresh-in-test, but could this be the Trailsport variant Honda teased last year? Given that the Ridgeline is due for replacement, one would be wise to lower expectations for anything wildly off the beaten path, but luckily for Honda fans, that’s where the TrailSport is at home.
It’s important to note that “Trailsport” means different things depending on the age of the Honda you’re looking at. The 2023 Pilot Trailsport, for example, gets an upgraded, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system and a new trail-specific drive mode. It’s also equipped with a new set of tires: a Continental TerrainContact A/T. The package offered on the 2022 model year Pilot and Passport (which, like the Ridgeline, were still built on Honda’s last-gen platform) came with Firestone Destination LE’s tires and offered some basic, off-road-oriented upgrades. In short, it was an appearance package with some vaguely lumpy rubber.
This prototype leans more towards the latter than the former, which is what we’d expect from a refresh. The Ridgeline already benefits from Honda’s enhanced all-wheel drive, so it doesn’t need a new platform to unlock that potential. Plus, the Firestone was already standard fare for Honda’s pickups. The camouflage on this prototype includes the front and rear bumpers, both of which will likely be replaced with parts designed for (or at least to give the impression of) additional approach/departure clearance.
All of this would be in line with the packaging of the Trailsport model on Honda’s older platform – but since the Ridgeline was already ahead of the rest of its siblings in capacity, we can’t call it a lock. We can say with a reasonable degree of certainty that Honda has some work to do for its aging pickup, and given its state of completion, we won’t have to wait long to find out. what exactly.