Honda has announced it will debut a concept version of the 2013 Crosstour at the New York Auto Show next month. Details are scarce at the moment, but we wouldn't be surprised if the vehicle turns out to be a thinly veiled look at the next version of the funky crossover. Honda has a long and storied history of rolling out concepts with more than a passing resemblance to its production models. Given that the Crosstour has only been on the market for a couple of years, we aren't anticipating an all-new model, or perhaps even a heavy redesign.

Back in December, Honda President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura told Autoblog that he was "really disappointed" with sales of the Crosstour, which he maintained has "very beautiful styling." Even so, Iwamura acknowledged that Honda would further refine the vehicle's styling and performance. As to the latter, Honda now offers buyers the ability to outfit their Crosstour with a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder. The move was largely thought to be in response to the fact that competitors like the Toyota Venza are available with four-pot motivation.

Still, all the engine options in the world won't save the Crosstour from its inherent design issues. Specifically, the Crosstour offers compromised rear visibility and cargo area, not to mention its highly controversial appearance. Will the concept headed to New York address those ails? We certainly hope so. Hit the jump for the brief press release.
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Honda to Debut 2013 Honda Crosstour Concept at New York Auto Show

03/20/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.
A concept vehicle revealing the exterior styling direction of the updated 2013 Honda Crosstour will debut at a catered media reception at the 2012 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on Wednesday, April 4. The media reception will be held from 3:45 - 4:30 p.m., at Honda's show floor booth on Level 3 of the Javits Center.

First launched in 2009, and now available with both V-6 and four-cylinder engines, the Crosstour remains one of the most versatile choices in the midsize crossover segment, earning the distinction of J.D. Power and Associates' "Highest Ranked Midsize Crossover/SUV in Initial Quality" in their 2011 Initial Quality Study SM (IQS). The Crosstour is produced1 at Honda's East Liberty Plant in East Liberty, Ohio.


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      lostjr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd prefer a wagon, but the Audi A7 tells me the large hatchback look _can_ work.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      I understand that it is selling poorly, but I see these things ALL over the place in Northern VA. They seem to be popular in Vienna and Great Falls. I hope they make the new version less .... unusual looking.
        finzenchrome
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I'm pretty sure you're just seeing the same two vehicles aimlessly rolling down the streets because the owners are too embarrassed to park them on their driveways. The neighbors might complain about ruining the view.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @finzenchrome
          No, they aren't in my neighborhood. I am happy to report that, although I honestly don't hate it as much as everyone else does.
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @finzenchrome
          That's great, very funny.
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      Sedan Cars
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a Honda fan and like this design. However, I'm really looking forward to the CR-Z. On a side note, why does every manufacturer now black out the A-pillars? Honda has one of the most reliable engines in the world..have you driven one yet? If anybody want to see more real HONDA Classic car please visit onlinecarguide.net
      Spies1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here is a good looking Honda Crosstour, it has the optional HFP body kit and suspension. http://autopartcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Honda-Accord-Crosstour-HFP-Concept-Side-View.jpg
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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      "controversial styling" is being kind. This thing is the Honda Aztek.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        Except for the fact that the Aztek provides inexpensive and practical transportation for its owners. It's really a tall and somewhat ungainly station wagon, but it does what it should. In fact, it's so odd-looking, it is growing on me.
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just build an Accord wagon already.
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        @JF
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          Fixitfixitstop
          • 2 Years Ago
          The TSX is not really related to the American Accord. The TL is, and there's no TL wagon.
          clearwater
          • 2 Years Ago
          bazinga, backup cameras are being required by the government in just a coupe more years. Automakers are now making them standard. CR-V has it now. Fixitfixitstop, yes, the TSX and the Accord use the same powertrains, same transmission, and same basic platform. It's just a bit wider and longer on the Accord. And yes, the TL and RL are variations of the platform too.
      Luc
      • 2 Years Ago
      My GOD it's ugly.
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      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it funny thats theres people who actually buy this thing lol
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        @miketim1
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        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Their already-weak sales were off 40% so far this year. Anything short of a complete re-do won't help this sled. This is one of the few recent offerings that actually looks worse in the metal than it does in photos.
      Chance Leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Judging by the new civic and accord "concept" I am not holding my breath for a beautiful design. However I think the new CRV is handsome so maybe there is hope.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chance Leo
        I am already seeing a f-ton of the G4 CR-Vs on the road already. All of my local dealers are scrambling to get inventory.
        harlanx6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chance Leo
        I agree. This is the best looking CRV. Now if they could only squeeze some decent economy out it=win!
        clearwater
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chance Leo
        Yes, Honda can't build the CR-V fast enough. Even with the additional new Canadian assembly line trying to keep up with demand in Canada.
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