Honda’s first attempt with the Crosstour model ended ingloriously with the discontinuation in 2015. Due to slow sales, this model left the production lines in order to make more room for the Acura MDX, RDX and Honda CR-V models. Honda also launched the smaller HR-V crossover in 2016 as the successor for the Crosstour with the design which fits better with modern market demands. However, as per some speculations from the car industry, Honda might return this nameplate in the form of 2018 Honda Crosstour. These speculations haven’t been commented by Honda but let’s see what rumors suggesting about this model.
2018 Honda Crosstour: Design
The Crosstour was actually the more versatile version of the previous-generation Accord. The model shared the platform with this popular sedan but with the wagon/hatchback design, higher ride height and increased cargo space this model provided more utility and all-weather prowess.
Based on the industry speculations, the new 2018 Honda Crosstour should again be based on Accord platform which the new-generation sedan will share with the recently redesigned Civic and CR-V models. The modern, lightweight construction of this platform should provide better dynamics and safety scores.
On the other hand, the exterior design should adopt Honda’s newest design language. The front will get the grille version similar as on the latest CR-V and new slim headlights. More sculpted front bumper and side panels should also improve the appearance of the new Crosstour. The model should also feature fastback roofline like some of the new crossover models which should also appeal to younger buyers. On its rear side, this car should include CR-V inspired taillights and sports bumper with dual exhaust setup.
Interior of the new Crosstour is speculated to have modernized dashboard, fresh materials and modern trim features. Seats will provide improved comfort and more rear comfort should be available thanks to more interior space.
The dash will include touchscreen interface based on Honda’s latest infotainment system and digitized instrument panel. Depending on the trim level this model will also include leather upholstery, power and heated front seats, a navigation system, premium sound system, and more. Numerous advanced safety systems will also be on the offer. The list of available driver aids should include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, etc.
2018 Honda Crosstour: Powertrains
When it comes to the power options of the 2018 Honda Crosstour, there is isn’t general agreement about what decision Honda might make.
The base engine could be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder which should produce around 190 hp. However, the latest models coming from the Honda have the turbocharged four-cylinder engine like the latest Civic and CR-V. A 1.5-liter turbo four makes 190 hp and torque 179 lb-ft. This engine can also be the solution for the new Crosstour. But the new-generation Accord should also get a more powerful turbo engine which can also be in the game. A new version of Pilot’s V-6 engine might also be appropriate for the more powerful option.
If the new Crosstour would get a turbocharged engine, it should come with the CVT. However, Honda might use a 9-speed automatic and base version could get a six-speed auto transmission. Both the two- and four-wheel drive will be available if this model comes to the realization.
2018 Honda Crosstour: Arrival, Price
Honda is still reserved commenting about the 2018 Honda Crosstour. So, this model hasn’t yet been confirmed officially. However, we should expect this model in the first half of 2018. The price range should start from low $20, 000 if we want to believe to industry speculations.