It seems like comebacks are becoming a routine. The return of Honda Passport is not as big as the news about Ford Bronco. Still, there are few other possible reincarnations of old nameplates around all classes of the automotive industry. Another Honda’s SUV that could be back is Crosstour. It’s been four years since its discontinuation, and we still don’t have any reliable sources to confirm these stories. However, there is a vacant spot in the lineup – the Japanese company is missing a full-size SUV. Can it be the 2020 Honda Crosstour?
Well, the Crosstour was a mid-size model last time we saw it. Still, it is larger than current Pilot (194 inches long), and Passport (length 190 inches). The SUV was 195 inches long, with a wheelbase 111 in. the model could grow to 200 inches, which will take it to a new, full-size class. Also, the carmaker is planning to add a few more hybrid vehicles. Well, if the 2020 Honda Crosstour is going to be the biggest model in the SUV squad, then Pilot and Passport will get such drivetrains before it. All in all, there is a possibility of a return. We only need an official statement that will confirm these rumors.
Where 2020 Honda Crosstour Fits in the SUV Lineup?
Honda is not in big vehicles’ market. It is strange that such a company is not offering a full-size SUV. In a matter of fact, they also don’t have a true truck. Honda Ridgeline is a sporty pickup which rides more like an SUV. All other companies are trying to boost their sales with new vehicles in new segments. We don’t have only small-, mid-, and full-size models anymore. Now, there are SUVs between classes, and under the compact tier. So, the 2020 Honda Crosstour could expand the lineup to the upper tier. Currently, the Japanese carmaker offers Pilot and Passport as mid-size models, CR-V is a compact crossover SUV, and HR-V is subcompact vehicle. Also, in some other markets, there is Honda Fit, and US buyers still remember the tiny Honda Element.
Another question is a powertrain option. Well, the old Crosstour used a V6 unit. Now, it will grow, and the SUV needs more power to compete with likes of Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, or Toyota Sequoia. Honda is not using a V8 engine at all. Well, we go back to the story about the full-size vehicles. A V6 is good for mid-size models. But, to be competitive, engineers will have to develop a new unit for the 2020 Honda Crosstour.
Until we see the V8, the 2020 Honda Crosstour will rely on the 3.5-liter V8 engine. The good thing is this is one of the most reliable units in the market. It is one of the Pilot’s main advantages. The engine is capable to produce 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, the Honda Pilot offers a nine-speed gearbox. We believe the same options will be there for Crosstour. Its smaller stablemate can tow 5,000 pounds.
2020 Honda Accord Crosstour Concept
Usually, we can find a lot of rumors about the 2020 Honda Accord Crosstour concept. Well, the SUV was based on the famous sedan. This time, with the larger wheelbase, it can only borrow some design solutions for exterior and interior. Some renders are showing the sedan with the back of the SUV. This is not going to be the production version for sure. On the other hand, Honda could create a vehicle similar to Subaru’s crossovers and SUVs. It is more of a wagon than the classic sport utility vehicle. All in all, these are all speculations without foundation or trusted sources.
Honda has a powerful hybrid system coming with its best-selling sedan. Accord is pairing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit with electric batteries. Since there is a relation between two vehicles, the same drivetrain could be installed under the hood of the 2020 Honda Crosstour. On the other hand, if this SUV wants to be a big rig, then a four-pot unit is just not enough for buyers looking for big outputs. Accord Hybrid delivers 212 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is the main advantage, but power is more important.
When Will The 2020 Honda Crosstour Be Available?
Fans hope to see the comeback next season. The 2020 Honda Crosstour is still just a rumor. But, so it was a Passport SUV. Last time we saw it in 2002, and after 17 years it is back at salons. No one can stop us believe that Honda is going to bring back Crosstour, especially when they need a full-size SUV.
The price is more predictable, especially if the 2020 Crosstour is going to be the largest SUV in the lineup. It will cost more than the Pilot and Passport, which start around $33,000. The full-size model will cost more than $40,000.