Honda will launch the 2010 CrossTour by September, with the crossover targeting a niche between CR-V and Pilot.

Honda launches the 2010 CrossTour by September, targeting a niche between CR-V and Pilot.

Once again,  we caught up with Honda’s upcoming Accord-based crossover – not far from where we originally shot it earlier in the week, but this time we managed to get a bit closer! Honda fans have been asking lots of questions and speculating, and we think this newest set of photos will satisfy most.

Based on a modified Honda Accord chassis, this all-new crossover vehicle will start production in September of this year at the East Liberty factory in Ohio. The Accord CUV will slot in-between CR-V and Pilot and will look to do battle with Toyota’s new Venza CUV. It will likely be called the CrossTour.

These early-production prototypes are powered by Honda’s 3.5 i-VTEC engine, but  earlier this year, we observed powertrain mules testing alongside a 2010 Acura RDX. We also noticed these mules accelerating rather briskly, so the 2.3L, four-cylinder turbo motor from the RDX may also have a chance of making it into the Accord CUV.

Subscribe to TheDetroitBureau.comOne thing we know we can count on with the Crosstour is the availability of AWD. This means the new CUV will be sporting Honda’s VTM-4 AWD system.

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Photo: Brian Williams for Brenda Priddy & Company

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