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Date posted: November 21, 2012

2013 Honda Crosstour Concept

Honda gives its misunderstood middle child a makeover.

 

Honda’s Crosstour has been a lightning rod for controversy since the first images of the crossover appeared on social networking sites back in September of 2009. Almost immediately, commenters began hurling insults towards the mid-size CUV, many disappointed that the (then called) Accord Crosstour was less wagon—as rumored early on in the model’s development— and more, uh, giant four-door humpback-hatch. From some angles, the Crosstour’s hood and grille appeared almost an exaggerated caricature, both features seemingly too large for its body.

Undeterred, Honda stayed the course, nurturing the maligned Crosstour along, eventually dropping “Accord” from its name and adding a four-cylinder engine to the lineup.

Leading With Its Chin

Given Honda’s track record of displaying thinly veiled, production-ready designs and calling them concepts, we’d wager that what you’re seeing here is more or less the 2013 Honda Crosstour.

Count on the revised fascia making the cut, the grille now sporting a chunkier chrome surround, with sharper creases below the headlamps. A large, blacked-out lower fascia houses the fog lamps and stretches across the front, met in the middle by a sill plate of contrasting color in an attempt to lend the Crosstour a more SUV-like appearance. The lower blackout treatment extends to the side sills and around the back, where it meets a revised, more horizontal tailgate intended to continue the rugged tone.

The production model is slated to roll on 18-inch wheels in place of the five-spoke, 19-inch wheels shown on the concept. Of course, if the 19s do become available, it wouldn’t be the first time something from a concept made it to the options sheet.

Heavy Doses of Nanny Tech

Honda says the new Crosstour will feature heavily revised trim materials, keyless ignition, and an eight-inch screen housing an infotainment system; V-6 models will receive steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The Crosstour’s mechanicals were not available for public viewing in New York, but Honda assures us that buyers will have their choice of either a re-engineered and more powerful 3.5-liter V-6, or a 192-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (output figures for the V-6 weren’t provided). V-6 models will get a six-speed automatic and the option of Honda’s Real Time 4WD system. Four-cylinder models will have to make do with a five-speed auto and front-wheel drive.

A potentially confusing number of safety-warning devices will be available, including warning systems for both lane departure and forward collision; both use a camera mounted behind the windshield to monitor the road ahead, ultimately warning the driver of lane departures and potential collisions. Honda-exclusive LaneWatch utilizes yet another camera—this one mounted in the passenger’s side mirror—to give an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. Add to these visibility aids re-shaped headrests, an expanded-view driver’s mirror, and a back-up camera; it seems the Crosstour is trying to take responsibility for those who can’t be bothered to look after themselves. Or at least those who don’t like turning their head to check their surroundings.

Given Honda’s near-pathological reluctance to offer an Accord wagon here in the States, it seems at times as if Honda is trying to force faithful buyers who find the CR-V too cutesy and the Pilot too ute-sy behind the wheel of their misunderstood middle child. To that we say: “Don’t call us; we’ll call you.”

 

Source: [Car & Driver]


   
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