Is There Any Clue Of Honda Crosstour Come Back In 2018?


The Crosstour was discontinued back in 2015. Since then, there are plenty of rumors and speculations about the next-generation car. Could 2018 Honda Crosstour be really released? Is there any chance that Honda brings back the Crosstour into the United States market and worldwide? Let’s find out, considering all available information, including unofficial one.

Why Crosstour was discontinued

Crosstour was designed to be one step below the Pilot, to compete mainly with Active station wagons. The car looks a bit strange, as a combination of station wagon and SUV, with a sleek design. Firstly, from 2010 to 2012, the car was called Accord Crosstour. In 2013 model was facelifted, bringing mostly cosmetic changes and new 6-speed automatic, instead of 5-speed for the V6 engine.

Powertrain range was rather typical for Honda models of those years, providing the 2.4L I4 engine for a FWD-only model, borrowed from CR-V, and classic 3.5L V6 for an all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive models, borrowed from Honda Pilot.

Officially, Honda claimed that production of Crosstour was discontinued due to low sales. However, if we go into statistics, the sales were adequate for Honda, around 18,000 pieces a year on average (counting full model years from 2010 to 2014). The real reason could be that Honda needs to clear production capacities for next-generation CR-V and a variety of Acura-branded SUVs coming after 2015.

We believe that the real reason is something in between – Honda didn’t want to continue production of the model, which doesn’t bring much money. Models which goes on conveyor instead of Crosstour are much more popular.

Chinese roots

Honda is very pragmatic, and if you think that all things connected with Crosstour were abandoned and forgotten, you are wrong. It won’t disappear – In 2015 Motor Show in Shanghai, China, Honda has revealed the new Avancier model for the Chinese market which looks suspicious. Gotcha, it has the Crosstour-derived platform and very similar design. What’s on the inside?

Tech Specs

The powertrain range is completely new. Chinese market doesn’t like a big thirsty V6 engine, and Honda has more advanced engines in their arsenal, than the old 2.4-liter unit. So, Avancier has got Civic’s 1.5-liter turbocharged engine (FWD only layout) producing 190 HP, and VTEC Sport Turbo unit with 2-liter displacement, for AWD or FWD, producing spectacular 268 HP. The 1.5 engine mated with a CVT with 7 virtual gears, while the powerful 2-liter has 9-speed automatic from ZF.

2018 Honda Crosstour Release Date and Pricing

Rumors suggest that next-generation Crosstour will be shown in early 2018 at Detroit Auto Show, while production version will be available later in 2018. The model could have certain changes compared to Chinese Avancier, like a slightly redesigned interior and exterior. The price range is unknown but expected to start around $30,000 for the basic trim level car, which could be highly equipped.

SUV in motion

Honda Crosstour 2018 Redesign

If we call Avancier a future Crosstour successor, there is a lot of in common between those two cars. The wheelbase is identical (110 in), while Chinese variant is more compact (189.6″ vs 195.8″ in Crosstour), but wider (76.5 vs 74.7) which promises more comfort in the interior.

The exterior of 2018 Honda Crosstour successor is good-looking, the front end has ‘family’ features of the recent generation Hondas, like CR-V or 10th gen Civic. There is a large grille, all-LED lighting (likely in top trims only), while the rear end mostly reminds of latest Acura models.

The interior is fully redesigned, and it’s all-new, having only the slightest similarity with current Honda line-up, which is great. Moreover, it is far better than a cheap-looking interior of the previous generation of Crosstour.
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