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2013 Honda Crosstour: Can a Redesign Save this Struggling Crossover?


As we quickly approach the New York Auto Show, automakers are coming out of the woodwork announcing that they are debuting new cars or simply reveling redesigned versions of existing cars. One car in need of a boost is the upcoming 2013 Honda Crosstour – yes, Honda misses the mark sometimes too – and Honda plans to reveal its 2013 Crosstour Concept at the upcoming auto show.

Honda hopes that new exterior styling on the 2013 Crosstour will help boost its sales. We will be the first to admit that the Crosstour is in desperate need of a redesign, but the redesign will have to be significant to make a difference. Fortunately for Honda, the Crosstour isn’t the only strange looking crossover vehicle in for a reveal, as Toyota plans to reveal a redesigned Venza at the same auto show.

With additional competition from the firmly entrenched Subaru Outback, which also has a redesign to show off in New York, Honda needs to pull out all the stops to save the suffering Crosstour, which has sold just 51,380 units since its 2010 debut. Even worse, only 1,991 units have made their way into people’s driveways two months into 2012.

Will this refresh and the new four-cylinder be enough to save the Crosstour from elimination? Well, given Honda’s conservative nature, the 2013 Crosstour Concept will only receive very mild changes. Also, given the fact that it always has been and likely will remain based on the popular Accord, we wouldn’t expect anything drastic. Of course, no one expected Honda to do what it did to the Civic in 2006.

Honda has kept a pretty tight lid on this release, so we will all find out together on its April 4th release.



13 comments:

Yes, the redesign saved its sales. Period.

I really don’t think so. I’ve seen the redesign already.

Crossover in the market nowadays is reducing rapidly. It’s replaced by either SUV or luxury cars. Why not reviving this crossover by re-engineering it or retuning to be more fascinating? 

All the outdated cars could be revived with the proper styling and placement of the latest engines and application of the most-recent technologies. 

Of course, it still can be saved. Proper re-engineering is needed enhancements and new detail is also needed. Why not try to add the latest technology gadgets in the interior?

Unfortunately, it’s simplicity isn’t sought after by the consumers. They need to try an eccentric appearance, perhaps?

I’ve seen its new look, and I’m quite surprised to see the changes. To me, it be saved.

I’d give it a second chance, but I can’t promise that I will be impressed by its makeover.

When it comes to vehicles like this, it can’t often be salvaged anymore. Even so, I think if the redesign is very stylish, it could be saved.

I must admit that this is truly one unfortunate-looking crossover. At least, it’s not alone in that category. I can’t really tell if its sale can get salvaged; has any automotive had the same history?

This car is still struggling, and the event is coming near. I bet the guys from Honda are nervous about its re-launch.

It brings about a nostalgic feel. I think its facelift will be a beauty.

Was it popular despite the scarcity of style? To me, it was a big mistake that they’ve launched it with its original appearance. Let’s see how Honda will mend this model’s reputation.

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