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Acura unveils ZDX four-door sport coupe at New York Auto Show

 

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The new sports activity-type vehicle will hit dealerships later this year

The new sports activity-type vehicle will hit dealerships later this year

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The latest entry to Acura's range is a curious one, taking cues from the BMW X6 and 5-series GT school of design thought, seeking a way to combine the sport of a four-door coupe with the utility of a slightly taller vehicle. Whether it's a success or not rests entirely in the eyes of the beholder, but it's sure to spark debate amongst the dedicated.

Already spied in testing on the Nurburgring wearing heavy camouflage, the new ZDX was unveiled on the floor of the New York Auto Show today. The 'concept' version of the vehicle was teased ahead of its debut, and the ZDX name was also let out early, leaving just the full photography and technical details for today's reveal.

Though it's technically a 'prototype' vehicle, the ZDX is slated to arrive as a production model this fall. “The ZDX prototype is unlike anything you have ever seen before from Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president, Acura sales. "The emotional coupe styling coupled with a luxurious and dramatic interior and surprising versatility, allows the ZDX to define its own segment and attract an entirely new customer." As mentioned before, BMW seems to have carved its own niche in this area, so it might not really hold all of that new, segment-defining power, despite being a definite step outside the box of normal design tendencies at Acura.

Key design elements in the ZDX include the much-maligned 'beaver-tooth' grille that Acura has spread across the brand of late, a unique exhaust outlet/taillight combo that seems destined for a redesign before making full-scale production. Stealthed C-pillar rear door handles and 20in alloy wheels are likely to remain, though the larger wheels will probably be an optional upgrade from standard 18in units.

The production ZDX will be based on the current MDX SUV, though it will get a more powerful version of Acura’s 300hp (225kW) 3.7L V6 as well as a new six-speed automatic transmission mated to Acura's Super-Handling AWD (SHAWD) system for improved all-weather grip and better dry-weather performance.

Positioning and pricing will also be higher than the MDX, which means you can expect to pay between $42,000 and $49,000 for the new model. This premium price point is reflected in the interior, where an emphasis was placed on getting the most out of the space as well as designing a top-tier driver and passenger experience with things like paddle shifters and a panoramic glass roof to open up the five-passenger cabin.

The company bills the ZDX as Acura's next step toward 'Tier 1' luxury status, making the choice of sports crossover/four-door coupe all the more mystifying. Nevertheless, Acura has high hopes for the vehicle and their success as a serious high-end marque.

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  1. Goodie yet another crossover for the world
     
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  2. I'd rather not sit behind.
     
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  3. from those pictures it looks great! but yes... i dont think the world is ready for another crossover! unless it is cheap as hell!
     
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  4. I hate those names and MSX makes me think of the Lincoln
     
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  5. The ZDX nameplate is perfect for such a radical car. Now that I think of it, there couldn't be any better choice if DX was to be used.
     
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  6. NND: I agree with you about the names. I liked saying I drove an Integra ('92 and '98), plus my '04 TSX now.

    I want Acura to succeed, but this ZDX seems like an odd stretch to make now, just to follow the still unproven BMW X6.

    And I really doubt the trunk lid would close in photo number 11!
     
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  7. I would have been happier if they showed a diesel model, not this
     
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  8. it is quite striking...
     
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  9. No matter how good it looks now. Once it reaches the showrooms, the headlights, rear lights, leather colour and many other items will be changed. It will be another boring Japanese offering.

    Koreans have more flair in design these days.
     
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  10. I think this has less useful space than most hatchbacks. And not many (if any) have 19 inch wheels. I swear this could be the perfect case study on how to optimize the useful space in a car. If it were opposite day.
     
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