If we could say one thing that goes with all carmakers on today’s market, that would be that there is never enough crossovers. All companies are expanding their lineups, so Honda isn’t an exception. If we can rely on the latest reports, the Japanese manufacturer is planning to bring back a familiar nameplate, which wasn’t much successful, but it is still fresh enough in the eyes of potential buyers. Of course, we are talking about the 2020 Honda Crosstour.
This crossover/wagon was in production until 2015 and it was discontinued because of slow sales. Simply, that model wasn’t good enough to compete with the segment leader, Subaru Outback, which rules this class for decades. However, Honda feels there is enough room to take another try and do the things right this time. The 2020 Honda Crosstour is about to come with a completely new design, better and more practical than before.
2020 Honda Crosstour Redesign
This comeback will bring a lot of novelties, but some things won’t change. Of course, the first one that comes to mind is a close relationship with the famous Accord sedan. The two models will once again share most of their parts, not just in terms of mechanics, but in terms of aesthetics as well. We count on the front end that looks largely the same. The Accord has been introduced a couple of years ago, so it is definitely fresh enough to borrow the face to new 2020 Honda Crosstour. On the other side, the rest of the body is expected to come in a typical wagon body. We sincerely hope that the company will do a better job this time, considering that the previous model featured a little bit sloping roofline, which wasn’t too practical and functional. Also, rearward visibility wasn’t the best.
Besides a typical wagon body, the 2020 Honda Crosstour will come with another design solution that will practically make it a crossover. Of course, we are talking about a new suspension setup, which will provide higher ground clearance. Also, count on those typical plastic surfaces on fenders and other parts of underbody protection.
On the inside, we presume that the 2020 Honda Crosstour will closely resemble its sedan counterpart. That’s definitely a great thing, considering that the Accord features an upscale cabin, full of style and hi-quality materials. The dashboard will definitely look very stylish and on par with premium segment models in terms of the quality. On the other side, there is a chance to see a little bit changed seating position, considering that seating in the legendary sedan is very low. In any case, both rows will be generous in terms of legroom, which the cargo area in this model should be very spacious as well.
One of the things that we expect to see in the 2020 Honda Crosstour is a full load of standard equipment. All models should come with things like 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, USB ports etc. Higher trims should also add things like an 8-inch touch screen, an eight- or 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, as well as comfort and convenience features like heated and power-adjustable seats, leather upholstery and more.
When it comes to safety features, even the most basic version should come with the famous Honda Sensing suite of advanced systems, which includes things like adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition etc. Things like rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring will be available too.
2020 Honda Crosstour Engine
When it comes to the powertrain, we count on two familiar turbo-four engines in the offer. Base versions should feature a smaller 1.5-liter engine, which is good for about 192 horsepower and comes in pair with a CVT gearbox. Higher trims will feature a bigger and more powerful 2.0-liter engine, which delivers 252 horsepower and comes paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both engines are very efficient and will ensure a great fuel economy.
Still, we also expect to see a hybrid version in the offer. Of course, this model should feature the same system as the Accord Hybrid, which delivers a combined output of 212 horsepower. It is a fair amount of power, but the thing that makes this powertrain great is amazing fuel economy, which goes around 50 mpg in a combined ride. Of course, these numbers will be a little bit lower in the 2020 Honda Crosstour Hybrid, but still on a pretty high level.
2020 Honda Crosstour Release Date and Price
Although we are still waiting for the official details, many reports suggest that the 2020 Honda Crosstour could hit the market already in the next year. When it comes to the price, base models will probably go around 30.000 dollars.