Crosstour was Honda’s full-size crossover SUV which first saw daylight in November, 2009. The Japanese automaker continued production till 2015 and pulled this car out of the auto market owing to decrease in its sales by almost 90%. Recently, speculations are high that the Japanese may revive this sleek SUV and roll out the all-new 2017 Honda Crosstour.
Certainly, if rumors are to be believed, Honda will bring about a lot of specification changes to meet modern standards. With its nearest competitor, Toyota Venza out of the market, Honda expects to make a strong comeback in this compact 5-door wagon segment.
2017 Honda Crosstour Exterior Specs
After all, this has been the trademark of Honda’s this line of SUVs. The outgoing 2015 model sported a drooping nose where its profile rose steeply near its A-pillar. Its rear bumper had a massive ground clearance, and its tail hood was an extension from the roof providing ample cargo space. One distinct body line was seen on its side.
For the 2017 model, expect things to get muscular. Honda may increase the size of its wheel arches to make space for 18-inch rims. Also, expect sharper headlights upfront with a new set of grilles. Two-bar chrome structure is on the cards along with trapezoidal air intakes on the front bumper.
This is where the company really needs to work hard to sell its 2017 Honda Crosstour. 2 years ago, Crosstour presented a black interior along with a plastic-looking steering wheel. With the likes of Hyundai and KIA out there, the Japanese automaker must do something more than carbon fiber. Expect optional packages here with leather options, heated and ventilated seats, ambient temperature control and may be a panoramic sunroof.
Honda may put in a 6-speaker, 380 watts audio system. The dashboard will house at least a 7-inch infotainment with all the regular features. If no change in platform is brought about, Honda Crosstour 2017 will retain its 1,415 mm of overall length with 16.13 cubic feet of cargo space. However, Honda may increase the headroom with using better exterior materials.
Features and Price
As every carmaker does to maintain modern standards. Expect this SUV to sport features like:
- Adaptive cruise control.
- Electronic Braking system.
- Traction control.
- Rear view camera with park assist.
- Radar-based collision control.
With all these included, 2017 Honda Crosstour price may start at around $28,000. The additional packages, if any, may raise this figure by at most $4,000 more. As for its launch date, the SUV may hit the showrooms during the later half of 2017 as Honda is yet to make things official.
Under the Hood of 2017 Crosstour
Two possibilities here :
A 2.4-liter unit capable of producing a power output of nearly 192 HP and a torque of around 162 lb-ft.
Second options is 3.5-liter V6 engine with 278 HP of power output capacity and 252 lb-ft of torque capacity.
The transmission will either be 5-speed or 6-speed. The 2015 model delivered an EPA of 18 mpg city and 28 mpg on highway with the smaller powertrain. The V6 unit, however, increased these figures to 20 mpg and 29 mpg respectively. Honda should be looking to improve here to take its 2017 Honda Crosstour a step ahead of its competitors.