This Unreal Honda Ridgeline Concept May Have Superpowers

Honda refreshed and upgraded the Ridgeline for 2021, but what will the midsize pickup look like in 10-20 years? The company’s designers are obviously not planning that far ahead, but some people online are letting their imagination run completely wild.

Take Rene Garcia, a graphic artist and designer who works for Industrial Light & Magic. He’s been involved in a number of hugely popular movies and TV series including Transformers, The Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok and The Mandalorian.

Unsurprisingly, Garcia imagined a surreal Ridgeline concept that’s seemingly endowed with superpowers—the sort of machine you would call on to help save mankind. The silhouette is vaguely reminiscent of Honda’s truck (the first generation in particular), but everything else is completely unique.

Photo: Rene Garcia/Pinterest

Riding on massive off-road tires, the vehicle features body openings in the front fascia, hood and doors, a front winch and tow hooks, beefy roof rails, suicide doors for easy ingress and egress, plus several tools and emergency kits.

The modular cargo bed is equally impressive, making it possible to fit an ATV when you remove the rear cabin partition. The rear seats can be turned 180 degrees, and there’s a super-large compartment under the floor—larger than the current Ridgeline’s in-bed trunk.

Photo: Rene Garcia/Pinterest

All of this is possible thanks to an EV platform combining front and rear electric motors with a battery in between. Since there’s no combustion engine, a big trunk can be found under the hood. The charging port is concealed by the illuminated Honda logo.

And what about the cabin? Mixing wood and leather for most of the interior including the seats, doors and wraparound dashboard, the highly futuristic environment wows with a pillar-to-pillar digital interface not unlike the one in the Sony Vision-S concept. A yoke-style steering wheel is included, while the front seats can fully recline allowing passengers to take a nap on the go—presumably because this heroic Ridgeline offers autonomous driving technology on top of everything.

Photo: Rene Garcia/Pinterest

There’s no chance on Earth Honda ever comes up with such a battle-ready pickup, but hopefully the automaker will find a way to use it as inspiration.

Watch: 2021 Honda Ridgeline Gets Beefier, American-style Looks

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Honda Ridgeline
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. Midsize pickups are hot again after being neglected for much of the past decade. The next-generation Ford Ranger and all-new Jeep Gladiator are largely responsible for that. Our Best Buy …
News2021 Honda Ridgeline Gets Beefier, American-style Looks
As good as it is, the Honda Ridgeline is no match for its American rivals in terms of sales. It also sits well behind the class-leading Toyota Tacoma . Can a substantial redesign and update for 2021 help close the gap? Honda is certainly counting on it. First of all, …
News2020 Honda Ridgeline Gets a New Nine-speed Transmission
Honda has just announced a few updates to the Ridgeline midsize pickup for 2020. Actually, all except one were already available in Canada, but not on the base models sold in the U.S. What you should care about is the new nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, which replaces the …
NewsConfirmed: Honda’s Light Trucks to Offer Rugged TrailSport Models
After filing an application to trademark the name “Trailsport” in the U.S. last year, Honda is now confirming that off-road-oriented models will join the lineup starting this fall. The company said TrailSport marks “the next chapter in its rugged light truck direction,” hinting at more adventurous variants of the Pilot …
BuzzLo-Res Car Might Be the Strangest Car for Sale Right Now
Car enthusiasts who have always dreamed of getting their hands on a fancy concept to add to their collection have a unique opportunity to seize this week. Listed on auction website Bring a Trailer , the Lo-Res Car is an extremely futuristic-looking vehicle that wasn’t actually designed by an automaker …
NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2022: Honda Ridgeline
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. Small and midsize pickups are hot commodities right now after being neglected for much of the past decade. They appeal to many customers who don’t need full-size trucks. Winner Once …
Test Drives2022 Honda Ridgeline: Versatile But Dated
The Honda Ridgeline is one year removed from a series of cosmetic revisions that included a more sculpted hood, larger grille and redesigned fenders up front, plus a new-look rear bumper emphasizing the dual tailpipes. All models ride on 18-inch wheels and benefit from a 20mm wider track. For 2022, …