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Honda has officially revived the Crossroad name today for a new small CUV that will only be sold in its home market of Japan. If you read Autoblog on a regular basis, you will remember the stir this vehicle caused when it was spotted in L.A. and snapped by a reader. We eventually deduced it was going to be the Crossroad, a name Honda hasn't used since it sold rebadged Land Rover Discoveries back in early '90s.

Honda CrossroadThe new Crossroad, however, is no Land Rover, but rather a suburban runabout that to our eyes looks rather large for a JDM vehicle. It's got front-wheel drive standard, but can be ordered with all-wheel drive. With only 1.8L and 2.0L i-VTEC engines to choose from, however, don't expect to be doing hand-brake drifts or four-wheel powerslides around the twisty streets of Tokyo. The 1.8L four-cylinder managed to muster 140 bhp, though the 2.0L can only bump that number up an additional 10 ponies. Still, this little CUV has got three rows of seating and can swallow seven people, which makes it a very useful tool in everyday life. It's also an attractive box on wheels, with thick pillars, brawny fender flares and a squared-off jaw. Indeed, though it looks as if the Crossroad would be right at home on American roads, currently Honda has no plans to bring it over. Apparently the quirky Element is doing just fine for Honda on its own.

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PRESS RELEASE:

Honda Announces the New Crossroad

TOKYO, Japan - February 22, 2007– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the release of the new Crossroad, an automobile which transcends existing categories by combining the design and functionality of an SUV with the convenient size of a compact car and the 3-row seating and 7-passenger capacity of a minivan. The new Crossroad will go on sale throughout Japan on Friday, February 23.

The Crossroad was designed as an "active life navigator"-a car that helps people enjoy their active new lifestyles, unbound by conventional thinking.

The square motif of the exterior design conveys a feeling of solid presence and strength, while areas around the center pillars and windows are deeply beveled to achieve a sturdy, robust look.

The interior design features sculpted molding around the instrument panel to achieve a fun, confident feel. The square motif is continued throughout the interior, creating a refined, urban tone.

With its innovative packaging, the Crossroad offers a confident presence and versatile 3-row seating, yet is a breeze to handle around town thanks to an overall length of just 4,285mm. And the distinctive angular design around the front headlights gives the Crossroad an effective minimum turning radius1 at the top of its class2.

The Crossroad comes equipped with either a 1.8-liter or a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine that combines responsive low-to-mid-speed driving performance with outstanding fuel economy. The engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission to deliver nimble performance. The 4-wheel-drive model is also equipped with Hill-Start Assist function, which temporarily maintains brake pressure after the brake pedal is released when starting on a hill to ensure smoother starts and enhanced ease of use.


Key Features of the Crossroad

Design

Exterior design

The square motif of the sculptured, robust form conveys the image of having been carved from a solid block of metal, communicating a feeling of strength and presence.

The front corners have been angled for an intrepid look and easier handling in tight spaces.

The areas around the center pillars and windows are deeply beveled to achieve a sturdy look.

The vertically arranged rear combination lights are sculpted and finely detailed.

Six body colors are available, including one new color: Atlantic Blue-Gray Metallic.


Interior design

The tough, modern interior provides a space that is solid and stable, yet refined and comfortable.

The instrument panel features a sculpted form that facilitates intuitive recognition and operation and giving it a fun, confident feel.

The size and positioning of the four irregularly shaped gauges are varied to achieve an energetic, carefree effect.

The seat coverings feature a newly developed suede-finish tricot with bold ridging for the main section, with durable, dimpled jersey on the sides to provide a soft feel and a sculpted look.

Two interior colors are available: Titanium Ivory and Black.


Packaging

The refreshing, smart packaging creates a versatile space inside a convenient body size.

Versatile 3-row seating offers plenty of convenience yet the overall length of 4,285mm makes it a breeze to handle around town.

The Crossroad's effective minimum turning radius of 5.6 meters3 puts it at the top of its class4.

The rear doors feature a wide opening angle of around 80ο, making it easier for passengers in the second- and third-row seats to get in and out.

The seating can be set in a variety of arrangements with easy operation. The second-row seats tilt and slide forward with the pull of a lever located on the shoulder of the second-row seatback, making it easier for passengers in the third-row seats to get in and out.

The Crossroad is equipped with an emergency puncture repair kit, replacing the spare tire and securing more space for third-row passengers while helping to make the vehicle lighter.


Power train

The Crossroad is available with a choice of two engines, a 2.0-liter i-VTEC and a 1.8-liter i-VTEC. The i-VTEC system further improves on Honda's original VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) technology to allow the engine to retard intake valve closure timing under low engine-load driving conditions. Valve timing control is complemented by a DBW (Drive By Wire) system that provides optimum throttle valve control for a major improvement in fuel economy while cruising. This ensures ample low-speed torque combined with outstanding fuel economy.

The 4WD model combines VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist system, which includes an Antilock Brake System, Traction Control System, and sideslip control) with Hill-Start Assist-a Honda first-which temporarily maintains brake pressure after the brake pedal is released when starting on a hill to ensure smoother starts.

The new Real-Time 4WD system operates as front-wheel drive under normal driving conditions, instantly distributing optimum power to the rear wheels during startup and acceleration or on snowy roads and other times when driving conditions require it.

The Crossroad achieves class-topping5 fuel economy of 13.8km/l6.


Chassis and body

The tires feature a new, three-part tread design7 that features different rubber compounds for the center and shoulder portions of the tires to achieve high levels of both fuel economy and braking performance.

The front suspension features a McPherson strut design for outstanding straight-line stability.

In the rear, a compact, reactive-link, double-wishbone suspension helps provide increased space for passengers in the third row of seats. All types are equipped with a rear stabilizer bar.

The tailgate opening features a box-type perimeter frame for greater rigidity.

Expanded use of strong, lightweight, high-tensile steel contributes to increased rigidity and weight savings.


Advanced features and safety performance

The IHCC (Intelligent Highway Cruise Control)8 vehicle speed and distance control system helps reduce the burden on the driver during freeway driving.

The Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS)8 provides audio and visual warnings and braking to alert the driver and to help avoid a rear-end collision or mitigate damage and injuries in the event that one should occur.

Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body enhances passenger protection while mitigating impact on the other vehicle.

The vehicle is also designed to mitigate pedestrian injury in the event of a collision.

The rear frame features a large cross-section along with two internal impact-absorbing frames. The frames have a polygonal cross-section to enable them to effectively absorb the shock of a rear-end collision.

The door mirror on the passenger side features a built-in prism under-mirror, which takes advantage of the prism's light-refracting capabilities to secure a field of vision twice that of a convex mirror of the same size.


Environmental performance

All types have been certified by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport as having achieved a 75% reduction with respect to emissions regulations for 2005.

The 4-wheel-drive 20Xi features fuel economy 10% better than Japanese government fuel economy standards for 2010; all front-wheel-drive types achieve fuel economy 5% better than those standards; and the 18X and 20X 4-wheel-drive vehicles9 conform to those standards.