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Alabama-Built Accord-based Crossover To Compete With Venza


source: the Temple of VTEC

source: the Temple of VTEC

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Sources close to TheCarConnection.com report that a new Toyota Venza-fighter, a mid-sized crossover, will soon be coming from Honda. They say the vehicle is proposed for manufacture at Honda's Lincoln, Ala. plant that current employs over 4,000 Americans. Hmm...more jobs for Americans from a foreign automaker. Definitely sounds like an Obama Accord to us.

Rumors claim the vehicle will be loosely based on the European Honda Accord Tourer, itself a version of Acura's TSX. So we're talking a U.S. Accord with perhaps a shortened wheelbase (TSX) or a wheelbase identical to our Accord. Look at Brendy Priddy's spy shots of the vehicle (by way of the Temple of VTEC), which clearly show a U.S. Honda Accord nose grafted onto the front and an extension grafted onto the rear.

source: the Temple of VTEC

source: the Temple of VTEC

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While a name has not officially been set, rumors suggest that the new model will be called the Crosstour. Notice the view from the rear shot, suggesting AWD at least as an option. Engine options will presumably be sourced from the Accord.

This seems a smart move away from the taller, heavier, and thirstier Honda Odyssey minivan as efficiency takes center stage in a tough new automotive market. It's also seems a bit of an answer to our musings about bringing the Japanese-spec Honda Odyssey stateside.

[source: Jalopnik via Temple of VTEC]

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Comments (3)
  1. "Loosly based?"

    Colin, what do you mean by "loosly based on the European Accord"? This car is on sale in Europe (checkout www.honda.co.uk)and is just a wagon. Admittly the spy shots suggest that the car had a bit more ground clearance - but this is a Venza/Edge fighter? Rubbish.
     
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  2. "I'm a Toyota fan..."

    ...but I love this euro Accord wagon. It's much nicer looking in my opinion (and most likely more frugal) than the Venza.
     
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  3. "Why not just make a wagon?"

    I think that from a marketing standpoint Crossovers work better with consumers, but a wagon is really what it is, and it shouldn't even try to be a crossover. Call it what you like, but Honda would be smart to lower the ride height so that it's in line with the Accord, and make it so that this car has good fuel economy and ride visibility. Furthermore, they could add and AWD or 4WD system to it to market it as a crossover. I don't see why Toyota thinks it's Venza is going to do so well, when you can make a Wagon that is very practical and good at hauling cargo and fuel efficient.
    Kudos to Honda for this good looking (not all their cars are) wagon. I hope we get it, perhaps even with some European features!
     
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