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Honda Ridgeline making an Off Road Version

While I was never a fan of Honda Ridgelines - I did find this article today and thought I'd share.

https://carbuzz.com/news/honda-final...line-and-pilot

There's a few key items in the article that I would consider misleading , but give this a read and comment what you think.

Regardless of the state of Nissan bringing the Xterra back, my thoughts are hey- if there's enough market for Honda to offer an off-road vehicle then maybe Nissan will consider chasing after that market segment again w/ a re-launch of the Xterra.

I can hope anyway !

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My dad bought the original one back in I think 05? I still remember because I bought the X not long afterwards and drove over to my parents house to show them. I pulled up, went inside and got my dad, he walked out to the open garage and saw the X sitting there and exclaimed 'now this is a real SUV, not like that thing over there' nodding to his Ridgeline, hahaha. The Ridgeline was basically a Pilot with a bed, extremely underpowered and had a really weak AWD system that they marketed as a 4x4 equivalent. Eventually he replaced it with a Tundra and I was able to stop making fun of him.
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Eww... I almost bought one before I knew what an SUV/Truck really was.

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I've had friends with Ridgelines. Thy worked out well for them. They aren't a full size truck so kinda dumb to compare them to one. Tons for smart storage and their VTM AWD was pretty robust with the ability to lock it in.
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I was going to ask if anybody has driven one w/ the i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system.
It has me at a loss of definition in that : is this a real four wheel drive, or not ? It sounds very cool, IMHO. But it could be marketing.

And I cant say I'd mount the generator into the roof box, as it seems way too hard to access unless you want to climb up there every time. If I had a generator I'd want the ability to move it and it's exhaust down wind from whatever I'm doing/ camping/ gearing up for diving/ what have you.

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I was going to ask if anybody has driven one w/ the i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system.
It has me at a loss of definition in that : is this a real four wheel drive, or not ? It sounds very cool, IMHO. But it could be marketing.
It is an AWD drive system. But you have the ability to lock in into a "4wd" mode. When you lock it in, you don't have to wait for wheel spin or the computer to decide to transfer power. You are getting power to front and rear. It does lock the rear end too by energizing both clutch packs on the rear half shafts on either side of the hypoid gear sets. But, it will only allow you to lock in at speeds under 18mph.

Not sure why more manufacturers didn't do that. Seen a lot of AWD cars get stuck at the beach because their AWD systems wouldn't shift power. Anything Denali was bad about that. You could sit there with rear wheels spinning and it just wouldn't send power up front. Sucked you had the hardware for power to go to four wheels but the computer was the one holding the switch. I heard stories about Yukon Denalis spinning in the sand and finally deciding to transfer power under heavy throttle and grenading part of the drivetrain.
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@ billoftt Ha ha ha ha .....that rocks.

I think the Honda photo is kinda ugly - the front skirt seems like some cheap plastic- and the whole SUV looks just too low to the ground. I mean lower than any offroad should be. I've seen mini coopers w/ more clearance, Clarence.

If they raised it up, say 2" and got rid of the low hanging plastic, moved the generator to fit in the back (?) then it would - in aesthetic - at least look better.

If I could re-engineer the Xterra the plastic bumper would be the first thing getting nixed. It would be at a minimum some stamped aluminum or sheet metal. No plastic.

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I remember watching an episode of TFLTruck or TFLCar? Dunno which one but they took a number of trucks up Gold Mine Hill and Cliffhanger a offroad area near them in CO and the Ridgeline overheated very quickly and became dead in the water. It barely made it up the trail at all.


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