corporations can bow to peer pressure, especially when there are potentially
huge profits to be made. Following on the heels of Toyota and Nissan,
expect to see Honda offer a pickup for the 2005 model year.
isn't quite as soon as
predicted earlier, the rumors and whispers about this truck are still
pretty much the same as when we first talked about them a year and a half
ago, but a few new twists have emerged.
Honda pickup will likely be based on the successful mid-size underpinnings
that serves as the platform for the Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot and Acura
MDX. What's unique about this choice is that Honda will use unibody construction,
deviating from traditional body-on-frame design used in today's pickups.
its manufacturing may break new ground, its styling won't. Accounts from
sources describe it as, "looking like a rugged Pilot" with four
full-size doors and a shortened bed. Access to the cab is also expected
to include an Avalanche-like "Midgate".
doesn't have a V8 engine in its lineup, and it's doubtful it would create
one for just this vehicle, expect to see the same Honda SOHC V6 used in
the Pilot show up in this truck. This could change if Acura produces a
long-rumored V8 for its RL luxury car.