It is born from the blood of the Honda Ridgeline and the Honda Pioneer—the Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept.
Though it is not in production, it is living at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas, for the week. Honda says this vehicle is unique since the company is the only one (we know of) to produce both powersports machines and roadworthy vehicles. That being so, this concept is a combination of a street truck and a UTV.
The front of the vehicle is a scaled-up version of the Pioneer, including headlamps, fenders, and the hood.
At the back, a stock Ridgeline bed was reshaped and lined with spray-on bedliner to increase utility. Yes, the flip-up storage compartment and swinging tailgate are also built into the concept.
The interior features Civic Type R seats, the gear selector from a Honda Odyssey, gauges from the Ridgeline, the Pioneer’s steering wheel, and a coat of off-road paint.
The vehicle is lifted two inches to allow the 33-inch tires to flex over obstacles, and the wheels are customized with Honda-branded hub caps.
The Ridgeline’s powertrain lives under the fully removable hood—a 3.5L V-6 and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The rig has i-VTM4 to manage torque in low-traction situations, but it still is not the traditional 2-speed transfer case we want.
Seems a bit large to still be qualified as a side-by-side, but hey, we would still drive one on the trails.