Alabama-Built Accord-based Crossover To Compete With Venza

January 26, 2009

Sources close to 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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