lol yeah! if it does incorporate the new tech, the new crosstour will be a good advance from what we have.
I thought long and hard late last year knowing Accord remodeling is coming up. But decided to go for it anyway. My thought process is to convince wife for a little sports car (another S2000 or miata) later on and I won't miss not having manual on the crosstour or if I want to have anything more sporty.
well Accord will be out later this year (I think) as 2013 model but crosstour will only be a 2013 concept and probably won't really hit the show room until 2014 as a 2015 model I think. They will probably see how Accord is received since that's the bread and butter for Honda.
That's pretty close to a funny number. . .(I'll come back to that reference in a couple paragraphs) we have the Honda J engine 60deg V6. Specifically, the current CT & Accord have the J35Z2 (3.5 liter, 2nd variation. . .other variations have been in the Ridgeline, Oddyesey, etc) which gets 271hp on 10.5:1 compression on regular pump gas. The only higher HP J35 in the Honda stable is the J35Z6 which only goes to Acura and gets 280hp on 91 octane due to 11.2:1 compression.. . .
The new V6 engine for the sedan is rumored to pump out at least 308 HP... Almost 40 HP more than the current model and is supposed to deliver better fuel economy... Also heard that the sedan will also be offered in a 6 speed manual. . .
Ok they're really starting to tick me off with the ambiguous drivetrain naming schemes!. . . The new electric 4wd that's on the CRV could make its way to the new crosstour since it is supposely more seemless and lighter than the hydraulic one we have. . .
Ah yes, the Accord Wagon... The reason why so many people were originally disappointed when the Crosstour was revealed.Ok, Maybe I do not know a guy who knows a guy but, my guess is it will not be much different that the European Version.
It's a cool vehicle, but I'm not buying that it would be a CT replacement, they target totally different audiences.Ah yes, the Accord Wagon... The reason why so many people were originally disappointed when the Crosstour was revealed.
Especially now that the Civic-based Acura ILX is going to replace the TSX this Spring, rebadging the TSX Wagon to the Crosstour would seem cheap and pointless, especially since it currently doesn't have AWD or a V6 like Ace said (which is weird cause you can get the TSX sedan with a V6).It's a cool vehicle, but I'm not buying that it would be a CT replacement, they target totally different audiences.
First, that platform has been here since 2008, so why switch to it now? (Highly unlikely for an existing vehicle to switch platforms entirely from one model year to the next)
Second, Honda doesn't think it can sell wagons, even cool ones, for a long time. And I don't quite buy the "disappointed when the CT was revealed [based on comparisons w/ the euro Touring]" because that exact vehicle has been available here for several years with an Acura badge, it's called the TSX Touring. And it sorta sucks! Only 200hp, a sporty vehicle with no manual tranny, and FWD only. . .at least that Lexus is model wagon is RWD with a few more ponies.
The "touring" platform is very limiting, they've never put anything bigger than a 2.4liter gas engine in it (europe gets some cool diesels) and it has never sent power anywhere besides the front wheels.
That particular vehicle has been fine tuned to European/Japanese lifestyles and taxes. . .aka small engines and FWD. In Europe FWD Audis outsell quattro models! I would suspect it would never see a V6 or AWD is because that vehicle is built at the Japanese Sayama plant which builds all the Accords for Japan & Europe and none of those are V6s (only 2.0 & 2.4 4cyls and maybe the diesel engines too). So. . .it's just not setup for that. They're not going to go re-tooling plants and shifting production around so they can sell 4000 wagons a year in the US to people that, for the most part, can be satisfied with what's currently in the lineup.
At the bare minimum, the US market will demand a V6 and awd in their Honda CUV. So you have to sort of look at what could support that, where it could be made, etc. . .
Wishful thinking, I <heart> wagons myself. . .but history, infrastructure, and demand tell me that thing isn't replacing the CT any time soon.
God they are such jag-wads . . ."earth dream technology. . ." don't they know that at least a handful of their consumers want some actual technical info?http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/features.aspx?Feature=4wd
Yeah they have an updated 4wd. I read some where stated that it is more compact and lighter than the one we got in CT.
I was not sold on DI because of the EGR problem. Looks like Honda did something to their EGR valve in the "Earth Dream" technology. It remain to be seen whether it will be effectively resolve the carbon build up on the valves.