Honda is a well-established name in the car industry. They have been one of the top dogs for decades. Cars are both stylish and functional as well as well-designed vehicles. They have dabbled in more than one category of vehicles. Honda is making cars, sedans, trucks as well as SUVs. And in all of those categories, they have absolute winners.
The manufacturer is trying to continue on the path of success and build up its reputation. They are well known for revivifying old and forgotten names. They like to blow dust away from their old creations and go to work. Redesigning and improving on the already good platform. One of those names is the Honda Crosstour, a sight for sore eyes for sure. The Crosstour was an amazing car, a crossover between a car and an SUV. It was perfect for a family or as a luxurious vehicle.
It was discontinued for various reasons in 2015 and there were rumors brewing that it was up for a comeback. This was mainly due to Honda unveiling the Concept D vehicle back in 2015. However, it has not happened yet. There are indications that the time has finally come and the Crosstour is getting a second chance at life.
Let’s take a deep dive into what makes the Honda Crosstour so special and what changes are coming our way.
What is a Honda Crosstour?
Honda Crosstour was very popular during its reign. It was basically a Honda Accord but a hatchback one. It was available with two options, four-wheel and front-wheel drive. The more popular one was obviously the all-wheel one. It was a midsize wagon with the ability to go a bit off road.
The Crosstour uses a V6 3.5-liter engine with amazing performance. Although it has been discontinued for over 7 years, there are still many Crosstours zooming on the road. This only proves it has stood the test of time and is still an excellent vehicle. Now after so many years, the technology has advanced and the overall design has changed. This means that we could see an improved and better Crosstour pretty soon. Many changes are possible, starting from the interior, exterior, and also under the hood.
Honda Crosstour is getting a new look inside and out. The whole interior should be built from scratch. After all, it is almost a decade old design and most of that is ancient in terms of cars and interiors.
Starting with the seats, we can expect a lot of more comfortable ones. Perhaps ones that look similar to racing seats. Those are designed for comfort even for a prolonged time. You won’t feel like you are sitting on a rock with better cushioning and hopefully, they are heated and ventilated. This means you won’t get sweaty on your long drives.
As it is standard with vehicles nowadays we can expect a central infotainment system in the middle of the cabin. Considering the sheer size of the Crosstour we are hoping for at least a 10-inch touch screen. This would allow the back row of passengers to join in on the fun. The cabin can comfortably seat five people. This is with more than enough legroom and headroom to go around. Some sedans are known for less space and even with four people, it can get uncomfortable.
But the Crosstour is tall and wide and will not have those types of issues. Also, the designers did a great job by giving it enough space compartments and putting them in the right places so every inch of space is used properly. In terms of connectivity, Honda won’t disappoint there either.
It is quite common that vehicles come standard with an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with bluetooth and a wifi hotspot right there in the cabin. The functionality aspect isn’t the only worry today if you ask buyers. They like their cars to feel luxurious and to have a certain amount of dazzle.
So Honda Crosstour also needs to be a bit upper class and look amazing on the inside. Thread not, Honda Crosstour designers did a great job of inventing the new look of the interior.
There are plenty of leather and chrome accents that simply scream first class. Driving this car will surely feel like a first-class drive. Also, the instrument panel is quite minimal, which is pretty common nowadays. Every manufacturer is going more towards digital solutions and we frankly welcome this trend. It would also be nice to have an all digital dashboard, but one can only dream, right.
The steering wheel should not be made of cheap plastic, putting some leather on it or at least soft cushioning will improve the comfort while driving for long hours. Another amenity that is quite popular is a panoramic roof. No official confirmation about this, but it would be really nice to let some more sunshine in or look at the starry nights while on the open road.
On the outside, we will surely see a very updated and refreshed 2023 Honda Crosstour. Designers will surely look into their own repertoar and change up an already good design. The obvious solution would be a Honda Accord as a guinea pig. The initial design renderings give us a look at what the new Honda Crosstour should look like. First of all, it appears that the ride height is higher than the previous version.
This is an excellent improvement, although the first Crosstour had enough ground clearance, this can even be better. No obstacles should get stuck under the car by doing this.
Also, SUVs are becoming ever so popular, and by doing this simple thing, designers tipped the scales of a Crosstour and now it resembles an SUV more than a sedan. The wheels are huge, we suspect in the range of 30 inches. The wheels are not beefy so it is not intended for off-roading, which doesn’t mean you can’t take it for a spin in nature.
Everything should get new, starting from suspension and shock absorbers. Also, there are some obvious Concept D influences on the Crosstour renderings. Even though it was revealed over 5 years ago, it did certain things right and no reason Honda designers shouldn’t reuse those ideas. The wheel rims are lightweight thanks to alloy in order to save some weight and improve the overall performance of the Crosstour.
Updated Front Fascia
On the front, we see an updated front fascia with the huge Honda logo on the front. There are some air intakes that make sense, we need those in order to keep everything cool under the hood. The headlight design is something out of a sci-fi movie. They are linear and take bend downwards as they follow the contours of the Crosstour and make a huge LED bad.
Of course, the latest LED technology is present to improve visibility and safety. The car’s dimensions were increased a bit and there are more curves and it looks less blocky.
Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of information regarding the powertrains that are coming with the new Honda Crosstour. Perhaps something that has proven useful and sturdy in the past. This means that Honda might put a 2.0-liter turbo four powertrain unit. This can produce around 190 horsepower and upwards of 250 pound-feet of torque. This is the same engine that’s available under the Accord, so no mistakes there.
This horsepower is more than enough to move the big Crosstour around with ease. It should arrive with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Honda Crosstour Hybrid Rumors
The hybrid version might be on the table as well. This would mean that the Crosstour would have a new system under the hood. We are not sure what type of engine they would put in the Crosstour. It can be less than 2.0 liters but not necessarily. After all, this engine will use a battery pack and an electric motor that is as powerful.
Using a hybrid system will save a lot of fuel and save the environment. So kudos to Honda for building such vehicles. There is also the 3.5-liter V6 unit that can produce 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. There are also versions available with manual transmission. Mileage varies depending on the environment. Expect 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Perhaps an all-electric version is in the works, but there is no official news about it.
At Shanghai Auto Show in 2015, Concept D was a big hit right off the bat. It was imagined as a luxury SUV, and it had an amazing performance.
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It was intended for the Chinese market and was supposed to be a flagship SUV there. However, it really looks like a new generation Honda Crosstour. Equipped with the latest safety technology at the time. The body design is sleek and LED headlights to follow the lines of the car. There is also a spoiler on the back of the roof. On the inside, it is luxurious and modern. All the makes of a great SUV.
Honda Crosstour Price and Release Date
The upcoming Honda Crosstour won’t be available in 2023, this is certain. But we can expect it perhaps in 2024, after all, great things need time to happen.
Honda is known for reviving old car names and with great success. The base model should cost you around $30000, this is without any special gadgets and amenities. But remains to be seen.