Back in the day, many carmakers tried to compete with the legendary Subaru Outback. However, none of the challengers was able to find the perfect formula for a proper wagon/crossover design and just like many others, Honda was eventually forced to discontinue the Crosstour. However, the market has changed in the last decade and it’s all about crossovers these days. It looks like there is much more room for a model like this, so it’s no wonder that various reports suggest the comeback of the Honda Crosstour in the near future.
The original Crosstour was based featured a design that’s heavily based on the Accord. So, we would expect the same thing from the new model. We presume that the new Crosstour would wait for the next-generation Accord to come, which is expected in the next year or two. With such a design and a few improvements over the original model, we have no doubt that the new iteration would have more than enough qualities to compete with the Outback and other station wagons with raised ground clearance.
How Would Honda Crosstour Design Look Like?
Of course, one of the first things that come to mind is the overall design, so let’s start with some of the basics. That would be the platform, which would be new and once again shared with the Accord. The new Accord is on the way and it will bring all kinds of improvements to the already amazing design. The Honda Crosstour would follow the same path, which means it would use a lot of the same parts, including the powertrain.
Naturally, one of the main differences would be the body style, while we also expect to see a different suspension setup, more rugged and with higher ground clearance. That would ensure decent off-road potential as well, as an important aspect of this body style, which is imagined to be super-versatile and strong in all points.
When it comes to aesthetics, the front end would follow the Accord’s design language, of course. However, the rest of the vehicle would look notably different. We already talked about the different body style and higher ground clearance, which would provide that crossover-like appearance. Also, we expect that Honda designed would do the rear-end design much better than in the original model, which was more proper for a lift back and which didn’t look particularly attractive.
The cabin design would follow the same path. In other words, we would expect to see the same dashboard design as in the new Accord, which is expected to bring new aesthetics, as well as improvements in various aspects, starting from the materials, build quality etc. Of course, we count on all kinds of advanced tech goodies, including a new infotainment system, larger screens etc.
Thanks to a pretty long wheelbase, this model would also be pretty generous regarding passenger and cargo space. This particularly refers to the legroom, while the headroom should be respected as well. All in all, we count on the Accord’s level of comfort, though the second row would also provide more headroom than the legendary sedan.
Honda Crosstour Engines
This is the aspect where things would be identical to the popular sedan. Although we are still waiting to hear something from the officials, we expect that the next generation will carry on with two familiar gasoline engines. The first one is a 1.5-liter turbo-four with around 190 horsepower, which comes in pairs with a CVT. On the other hand, the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four puts out 252 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque and it comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
We also count on a hybrid version and it looks like the Japanese manufacturer is working on the new system, which would be more capable and more efficient than the current setup.
Due to the higher ground clearance, we presume that the fuel economy would be slightly lower compared to the Accord. For reference, the current generation of the popular sedan returns around 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the base engine, while the bigger turbo-four returns around 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. We presume that the ratings would drop slightly in the Crosstour.
Honda Crosstour Release Date and Price
The officials are still quiet so it’s hard to say are likely the Crosstour is to come back. If it arrives, we presume that the starting price would go around 30.000 dollars.