Based on the popular Honda Accord, the new 2018 Honda Crosstour combines capabilities of a crossover and SUV. The result is a unique combination that is both sportier and powerful. Its production was stopped in 2015 owing to customer’s dissatisfaction regarding the looks of this vehicle. The Honda has however planned to completely redesign this vehicle before launching it for the global market as 2018 Honda Crosstour. As opposed to its first generation model, the new Crosstour gets rid of the Accord type look. The Company has planned to make the new vehicle bigger in size and a unique look aimed to capture the mid-range SUV segment.
2018 Honda Crosstour – Body Structure
Until 2015, the Honda Crosstour had been borrowing its body structure from an older model Honda Accord. For 2018 Honda Crosstour, the automaker has finally decided not to share structure with any of its previous models. It will be larger in size and sport newer set of grilles and bumpers. The outer look is set to be improved with new headlamps resembling those from Honda Civic. The taillights have an Aviator look.
The 2018 Honda Crosstour has been built keeping in mind high-speed performance and better handling. Expect 18-inch alloy wheels in this new model. However, the manufacturer has also introduced additional choices of different hues like silver metallic and diamond white pearl paint. Its lightweight materials like aluminum have been used to make the vehicle easier to handle and consume lesser fuel.
The new 2018 Honda Crosstour is going to be packed with a host of the new features for more comfort and all round entertainment. Apart from providing more space to the driver and passengers, expect a complete redesign of the dashboard and also its amenities.
Few of the features visible in this new model are:
- Retractable rear seats made out of calf skin with a 60/40 ratio
- Lane Detection Signaling System for better control on the streets
- Interactive Infotainment system with smartphone
- Stability and Traction control for a better grip of the vehicle
- Double zone air conditioning and heated seats.
2018 Honda Crosstour – Engine and Specs
The Honda has decided to upgrade its new Crosstour and not just alter its specifications. In order to do that, more powerful engine options have been made available in this new version of Crosstour. The base model houses a 2.4 liters DOHC engine which is capable of producing 192 HP and 162 lb-ft of torque. A 3.5 liter variant of the DOHC engine is also expected to produce 278 HP with 252 lb-ft of torque.
Its base model will be an FWD while Honda has also decided to include AWD facility as well. The above engine variants are mated to 5-speed or 6-speed auto transmission. The fuel economies of 20 mpg in city and 30 mpg on the highway is expected.
2018 Honda Crosstour – Pricing and Competition
The Honda Crosstour faces tough competition from Subaru Outback and Toyota Venza. The 2015 Outback had been found to be agiler than Crosstour along with a better infotainment. Efforts have been made by Honda to improve its dashboard and make it more comfortable with a smoother drivetrain than it discontinued version.
Expected to be released by the end of 2017, the base model of new Honda Crosstour will be available at a competitive price of $30,000. The higher versions, especially the V6 variant, are expected to be pricey.