Honda reveals HondaLink connectivity system

Article by Anita Panait, on July 20, 2012

Honda Motor Co. plans to introduce via the 2013 Accord this fall a new connectivity system that will allow drivers to access Internet content in the car through a smartphone. The system, dubbed as HondaLink, relies on driver's iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. According to Honda, HondaLink’s content will include Internet radio stations, podcasts and audiobooks.

Other content includes audible Facebook or Twitter updates, and local restaurant listings. HondaLink will bring Honda in line with its rivals -- including Ford, Toyota and Hyundai -- which already have in-car connectivity systems on the market, and in some cases, have been offering them for years.

After having the HondaLink system debut on the 2013 Accord this fall, the Japanese plans to fit the connectivity system on the 2013 Crosstour. A driver could control HondaLink's content though a downloadable HondaLink smartphone application, which allows users to select Internet radio stations and other content in a list of presets.

HondaLink then displays the preset Internet radio stations and other apps in a list on the vehicle's display. The driver could operate the system through controls mounted on the center stack audio head or steering wheel or by voice command. A customer has to select the content before getting into the car, and once he is behind the wheel, he can access Internet content through HondaLink without touching their smartphones.

Charles Koch, manager of new business development for American Honda, said that smartphones have become so integral to people's lives that they even used them in vehicles. Koch remarked that the challenge is allow drivers to use their smartphones without getting manually or visually distracted.

The 2013 Honda Crosstour is available in the United States on the 20th of November, 2012. Pricing starts at $27,230 - which is $525 lower in MSRP on that year. Getting extensive upgrades, the 2013 Honda Crosstour launches a more functional body design with significant upgrades to its parts as well, and a stronger, fuel-efficient Earth Dreams V-6 engine matched to a six-speed auto transmission that comes with paddle-shift control. The rough design, paired with segment-leading fuel-efficiency and a significantly lower MSRP on the standard 4-cylinder variant make the 2013 Honda Crosstour the smartest option in a prime mid-size crossover.

Basic equipment on all Crosstour variants come with a backview camera with guidelines, USB/iPod connection, one-touch turn signals, fog lights, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink. The front-wheel-drive Crosstour provides two trim levels (EX-L, EX) offered with 4-cylinder or V-6 powertrains, along with Real Time four-wheel-drive offered on the EX-L V-6 variant.

2013 Crosstour is one of the pioneer Honda variants offered with the latest keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start. The 2013 Crosstour showcases Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot display as well, which utilizes a camera gear on the passenger mirror to give an improved back view of the roadway on the passenger side. Other basic visibility-improving attributes are the backview camera and the latest improved shape of the headrests.

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