If you do not need to level a train on a mountain, Honda Ridgeline is a great truck. It can lug a few thousand pounds, has a decent sized bed, and is comfortable and refined around the city. Nor is it the kind of truck you would like to become a desert runner. And yet, Honda did exactly that for SEMA this year with the rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept.
Believe it or not, the truck you see here is not based on one of Honda's side by side. It may look like an overgrown Pioneer 1000, but it actually started life like a Ridgeline. And while it's still just a concept, Honda said it was built with only existing components. The ridgeline body and suspension have clearly been modified, but the doors were pulled from a production pioneer. However, the bed and tailgate had to be tailor made.
Thanks for holding out the items, the cabin also needed a makeover. Honda used the Pioneer steering wheel and was then replaced in a set of Civic Type R seats that were rewind to make them waterproof and thus easy to seal. The team also painted the other surfaces with a more durable material that can stand up to the sun better. To finish it, Honda added a few phone mountings.
We do not expect Honda to actually build this thing, but we have to say it's pretty cool. Perhaps we can convince Honda to let us drive it through Baja before it's retired forever.