Honda introduced the Crosstour back in September 2009, it was meant to be a vehicle that opened up the market of the regular (some may even say boring) Sports Utility Vehicles – Honda took a gamble on something a little different and you’d have to say, that gamble didn’t pay-off for the Japanese giant.
At its best, the Crosstour sold 28,851 units in one year, at its worst, just 9,104 – pit those figures against the Honda CR-V (America’s best-selling SUV crossover) and you’ll see that 28,851 units sold means that it tanked … the CR-V sold 357,335 units in 2016, in January 2017 alone, it sold 29,287.
The Crosstour was a disaster.
It’s for this reason that Honda decided to put it out of its misery – the production line came to a halt on August 31st 2015 – the 2016 Honda Crosstour was the last of the breed.
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But… now we are hearing rumors that Honda may just casually slip the Crosstour name on to another vehicle, one that is more conventionally styled and perhaps something that will sell in numbers that Honda are used to.
Before going much further, we should clarify that none of this has been confirmed by Honda; much of what we believe to be true has come from industry insiders and the rumor-mill – but a lot of it makes sense, so we think there just may be something in it.
Filling that Niche
|Contents||The vehicle will be a conventional styled SUV, smaller than the CR-V but not quite small enough to be a Compact SUV, from what we have been told, think a cross between the HR-V and the CR-V.
This would make sense – every manufacturer is looking to fill any gap they see, this was the kind of thinking behind the original Crosstour, it just happens that Honda got the design wrong.
We do know that Honda have been testing various new vehicles, some publicly and some in private – there have been some poor quality spyshots from various proving grounds around the world – unfortunately, the quality hasn’t been good enough to establish just what the vehicle or model is.
Hybrid or V6?
The last Crosstour had a couple of powertrain choices, we believe that Honda will offer the same again – there will be an inline four-cylinder, probably around 2.5 liter capacity, a V6 which will be in the region of 3.5 liters and a hybrid, using the V6 engine coupled to a single electric motor that drives the front wheels.
It’s thought that Europe will get a diesel version, but America will be gasoline only. The hybrid makes perfect sense – legislation is now in place that aims to get the manufacturers to lower their global emissions, as a brand (or manufacturer), and adding another hybrid vehicle in to the line-up would allow Honda to do just that.
When it comes to safety, the new 2017 Honda Crosstour should be fully-loaded with all the latest tech; pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, rear-view camera, automatic headlamps, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning (maybe with steering assist) and blind-spot monitoring, although we will have to wait and see what Honda offer as standard – we would think that Honda won’t be shy with the standard equipment – they want to give the new Crosstour as much help as possible in the sales department, so expect a good level of equipment as standard.
The Interior Design of the Honda Crosstour 2017
We don’t think that there has ever really been a problem with any of Honda’s interiors; sure, some of them may not have been exciting or interesting, but even the most meagre interiors have always just worked – been functional and done the job that they were designed for.
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However, the Crosstour will likely be a little more special than just functional – high-quality is the phrase of the day, and while the base model won’t have leather, it will be trimmed with quality materials and have added wooden accents, just to give it that slightly higher-class look.
An 8” touchscreen infotainment system will be fitted, along with the usual extras like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB ports for the all-important charging of your devices.
We would also expect to see heated seats with powered adjustment (although probably not on the base model), dual-zone climate-control, panoramic roof and plenty of room for storing all of your luggage, even with all the seats occupied.
When Will 2017 Honda Crosstour Be Available?
As regards the pricing and release date… who really knows?
Given that there are some spyshots circulating the internet, we’d expect to see the new Crosstour this year, even if it’s just the debut of it, although our sources say that we can expect it in the showroom for the third-quarter of 2017.
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We think the price will be in the region of $26,000 plus destination, but Honda could surprise us and go either way – something more upmarket or something for the younger generation (in other words, cheap!).
Do you think that Honda are doing the right thing – using the Crosstour name on another model? Or should they just try and bury any memory of the failed Crosstour?