Officially offering an early look at the production version that goes on sale this fall, the 2013 Honda Crosstour Concept debuted in New York. Beyond its enhanced exterior styling details, Honda confirmed that the volume-build version of its Accord-based demi-crossover also will benefit from several still-unseen interior tweaks and introduce a number of new safety and efficiency features.

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Key visual enhancements previewed in the Crosstour Concept collectively impart a more SUV-like character to the mix that starts with its recast front fascia, bolder grille design and new integrated foglamps set off by a polished metal skidplate. Restyled lower side-sill garnishes and a revamped tailgate/rear fascia treatment help reinforce a wider, more planted look. While the 19-inch alloys on the Crosstour Concept won't make it to the showroom, the production 2013 Honda Crosstour will offer 18-inch alternatives and come in two new colors, one of which is quite close to the finish seen on this one-off.

As for upping its inside game, Honda promises the cabin of the 2013 Crosstour will receive a host of refinements highlighted by upgraded trim materials, a new 8.0-inch in-dash information display, keyless ignition, and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters on versions equipped with the V6 engine.

Speaking of powertrains, the 2013 Honda Crosstour will offer buyers two distinct underhood alternatives. The base motivator will be the recently introduced 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder that makes 192 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. As in the 2012 Crosstour, it will be backed by a 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control. The 3.5-liter V6 with Variable Cylinder Management will remain the step-up engine, but Honda says it will be re-engineered to deliver even more than the current 271 horses and will be paired with a new 6-speed automatic in place of the current 5-speed - a change projected to earn it class-leading fuel economy and net better EPA fuel economy numbers than the current V6. The top-line Crosstour EX-L variant also will be available with the automaker's Real Time 4WD system.

Honda also plans to further enhance the consumer appeal of its new Crosstour by introducing several new safety technologies on the 2013 model. The standards roster will include sightline-enhancing reconfigured rear headrests, a rearview camera and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. Optional safety features will include Honda's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems, and LaneWatch blind-spot display.

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