This is the 2013 Honda Crosstour Concept, along with its "more capable-looking styling" that's been revealed today at the New York Auto Show.

Honda is re-aiming the Crosstour at "active consumers," so those new capable looks come down to foglights shrouded in embossed polygons, and the soft-roader rugged-esque front bumper, and dark trim skirting the bodywork. There's also a new grille that helps clean up the front end. The rear gets stressed horizontals to emphasize the concept's width, but this is the only photo Honda has released, so we're not sure yet what other changes (if any) are in store for the 2012 model. The new face looks modestly better than the original, but based one what we see here, we're unclear how this updated look will improve the Crosstour's frigid sales.

Inside, Honda says the new production Crosstour will be available with an eight-inch display and LaneWatch blind-spot detection along with updated trim and keyless ignition. As before, motivation will come courtesy of a 192-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6 that shifts through a six-speed paddleshift transmission (Honda promises that the latter has been reengineered for more power). Don't be fooled by the 19-inch wheels, though – the production version set to go on sale this Fall will get 18-inchers.

We'll update this article with a gallery of live images shortly after the Crosstour Concept's official debut at the New York Auto Show, so stay tuned for more views of its "capable-looking" refreshening.
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Honda Unveils 2013 Crosstour Concept at New York Auto Show

Next Crosstour to feature more capable-looking styling, more efficient V-6 drivetrain along with host of new safety and visibility features.


NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 – Honda unveiled the 2013 Crosstour Concept today at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), providing the first official glimpse of a more capable looking exterior styling direction for the luxurious mid-size CUV. Set to go on sale this fall, the Crosstour's defined lines will resonate more clearly with the active consumers that form the largest portion of the premium crossover segment. The 2013 Crosstour V-6 will feature improved fuel economy thanks to its new 6-speed automatic transmission, while both four-cylinder and V-6 versions will benefit from a host of safety and visibility upgrades.

"Fueled by a combination of versatility, luxury, and efficiency, owners have demonstrated remarkable devotion to the Honda Crosstour," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The 2013 Crosstour Concept shows how Honda will strengthen the styling and add even more content to one of the most efficient offerings in the class."

Concept Design
The Crosstour Concept features a more capable, SUV-like styling direction for Honda's mid-size crossover. A more aggressive and athletic front end, new contrasting moldings on the lower door garnish, and cleaner front and rear fascias anchored by the rugged look of finished sill plates provide more visual strength to the Crosstour Concept. Adding to the SUV-like stance, new rear-fender finish helps give the Concept a more solidly planted appearance.

Up front, the new integrated foglamp treatment is complemented by a slotted finish beneath the headlights, which helps integrate the new, bolder grille. The revised tailgate sports a more horizontal design to add visual width to the sculpted lines at the rear of the Crosstour.

The Crosstour Concept is coated in a fresh hue, similar to one of two new shades that will appear on the 2013 Crosstour. Anchoring the Crosstour Concept are unique 5-spoke 19-inch wheels, while the 2013 Honda Crosstour will feature new 18-inch alloy wheels.

Though not on display in the Crosstour Concept, the luxurious interior of the Honda Crosstour will see even further refinement for 2013, including heavily revised trim materials, the addition of an 8-inch, in-dash information display, keyless ignition, and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters on V-6 models.

Advanced and Efficient Powertrains
The Crosstour will offer two powertrains for the 2013 model year: a re-engineered and more powerful 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine, or a 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline four-cylinder engine. The 2013 Crosstour V-6 models will feature a 6-speed automatic transmission and utilize Honda Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology to achieve class-leading V-6 fuel economy1 along with an overall improvement in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model. Also available on Crosstour EX-L V-6 models is Honda's Real Time 4WDTM system, which sends power to all four wheels when front-wheel slippage is detected.

The four-cylinder Crosstour models are powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine producing 192 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 RPM. To maximize efficiency, a 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control is standard equipment.

Safety and Technology Innovations
The 2013 Crosstour will introduce numerous new safety features, and is targeted to earn top scores in the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The next Crosstour will be available with Honda's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) technology. Both systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield to alert drivers if the car is moving out of its lane or to warn drivers of a potential collision in front of them.

The 2013 Crosstour will provide a host of visibility enhancements, and will be one of the first models to receive the Honda-exclusive LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. Standard equipment to further enhance visibility on the 2013 Crosstour will also include re-shaped rear headrests, a rearview camera and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror.

Standard Crosstour convenience features include an automatic dimming rearview mirror, auto-on/off headlights, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and USB audio interface. Other available features on the 2013 Crosstour will include a hard-drive based navigation system, Pandora internet radio interface, XM satellite radio and an SMS text-to-speech function.

Sales, Accolades and Manufacturing History
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, and earned 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 produced2 at Honda's East Liberty Plant in East Liberty, Ohio.

High resolution photography and video of the 2013 Crosstour Concept is available on the Honda Media Newsroom at www.hondanews.com. More information about the Honda Crosstour, including high resolution photos and video, is available at www.hondanews.com.

1. Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing.

2. Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.


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      gladIownone
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have you noticed that those who actually own this vehicle love it! I have one and couldn't be happier. I guess it depends on what you're after. I wanted something that has the ride and feel of a sedan for traveling, and this is the best I've found. It's extremely quite - like riding in a sound booth. It doesn't feel like I'm sitting in a stiff, tall "captain's chair" of a mini-van, and the back seat is wide, roomy, and very comfortable. I also wanted something that laid flat in back and was long enough that I could pick up longer pieces, like dimensional lumber, or that I could toss in a sleeping bag and stretch out in if I wanted to get a few zzz's while traveling. There aren't many out there that will give you that kind of length in flat space, and certainly not the CR-V. In that puppy, the bottom of the rear seat has to flip up before the back folds down, which limits the length of flat space. That's not a problem with the Crosstour. No, you can't put in 4 X 8 sheet goods, but there's no SUV out there that will do that - not even the Ford Explorer. So what's all the hoopla over the cargo width issue? I am most impressed by the fit and finish of the Crosstour. The interior is very refined - padded door panels and padded dash, a woven cloth headliner rather than that fuzzy felt used in most cars. But what I really like is that the Crosstour's interior isn't decked out with all that cheap silver spray painted "simulated alloy finish" found in most other cars. My son has that crap on the armrests of his Subaru, and guess what? It's worn away - right down to the black plastic beneath it! That's the one reason I didn't buy a Ford Edge. (Check out a few used vehicleswith that stuff and you'll see what I mean). And what's all the hoopla over the Toyota Venza? Has anyone really looked at that thing? I was really disappointed in the cheap interior of that vehicle, including the hard plastic door panels, and paticularly the cheezy, rattley armrest. I've seen better quality come out of a Cracker Jack box! And then there that ugly pug-nose grill that Toyota is so enthralled about, Yuck! Bottom line - I love my Crosstour. I love its style. I chose classic black, and its gorgeous! In fact, this is the first car I've every owned that people go out of their way to compliment me on. But if you don't like it, that's fine - go buy yourself a frumpy Suburu Outback, or a tired, dated Toyota RAV-4, or maybe a lunch-box styled mini-van. You've got plenty of options for humdrum. Enjoy!
      maverick_02
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's a great looking car. I would have purchased one in a heartbeat over my accord if it had all the same specs back then.
        Karl T
        • 2 Years Ago
        @maverick_02
        Sad statement. There isn't an angle, part, or feature on this car -current or new- that looks good, or stands out. Every square inch is bland and boring.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Karl T
          While I don't think this is the greatest looking vehicle, you do realize that styling is subjective, right?
          avanti
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Karl T
          In this cars case styling isn't subjective. Sometimes there is a right and wrong answer to the question.
      EverythingBagel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like it in the video. It looks like a jacked up sedan-coupe thing, and I think it's anti-mainstream awesome.
        Karl T
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EverythingBagel
        Honda 'anti-mainstream'? Perhaps to a Toyota Corolla owner.
          EverythingBagel
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Karl T
          I wasn't so much referring to the brand. Does anything else on the road look like this? I would say no, and to me, that's a win now that it looks better than before.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EverythingBagel
        It's funny, I too typically root for anti-mainstream shockers but this? This is going too far.
      THE 507
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Juke is far uglier than this car, c'mon! Add to that the MINI Countryman (which is bad in pictures but just plain hideous in person), Honda Pilot (now that's the vehicle that should have sent Honda designers to the wood shed), and Prius C. Most of the comments bagging on this car come from 17 year old wannabe's who aren't even close to the target market for this car.
      ajam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda, Please go to Korea and hire the Hyundai designers away! Please! For the Love of GOD!
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just threw up in my mouth. Bring back the Element, drop in the bigger motor...and you're done.
        RobbieP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Greg
        I agree and that's coming from someone who didn't like the Element!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RobbieP
          [blocked]
      Numb7r
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any news on the Accord Sedan redesign? I thought it was going to be released in NY
      hwrlsr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just test drove one, wish you had more interior color selections. The tan will show every smudge mark from your shoes to newspaper ink making it necessary to clean it basically every day. If we get one, we have to go with the black leather,exl v 6, which limits exterior color selection. Living in Florida, as much as I love a black car, we will probably get the sage or twilight blue. It is loaded and gives good performance and handling. For rear vision, you better be good in using the side mirrors. Never had a bad experience with Honda, trading in a 07 Pilot and 09 Fit, as we try to get by with one car and our motorcycle.
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        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not so fast: The Aztec is rather cool in its ugliness. Don't compare this thing with an Aztec.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          FOLD OUT TENT! AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT APPRECIATES THAT?! COME ON!
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          The only thing cool about the Aztek is that it's in Breaking Bad.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lipstick, meet Pig.
        Joe Bo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Looks like a station wagon with those 30" rims that kids put on those old domestic 4 doors.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
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      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is that more practical or less goofy than a station wagon? What's wrong with this country?
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