Squint a bit at this photo of a Euro-spec Honda Accord
Tourer, envision something slightly larger with a taller but more aggressively swept roofline and you've got a reasonable idea of what to expect when the new Accord Crosstour arrives on the scene this fall. In its first public statement about the Crosstour, Honda would confirm little about this four-door/five-passenger hatchback
beyond its official name and that it would be based on the existing U.S. Accord platform. Contrary to rumors that have been circulating, inside sources at Honda did tell us that the Crosstour will not have very much in common with the equally-new Acura ZDX
, a crossover
that appeared in concept form at the New York Auto Show in April and also due for a late-2009 intro. The 2010 Crosstour will be aimed at buyers who want both more style and more utility than a conventional station wagon
but who are unwilling to sacrifice ease of access/egress and overall drivability. No word on pricing or on whether Honda will offer the new Crosstour in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations -- as Toyota
does with what's pegged as its closest de facto competitor, the Venza.