Acura's been rumored to be planning a compact crossover to take on the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA ever since it rolled out the SUV-X concept car at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. There’s strong demand for compact crossovers among premium buyers, especially in China where Acura and many rival firms are looking to boost sales.

Now it’s been revealed that Acura parent company Honda has registered the trademark “CDX” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing was made on February 11 and is for automotive applications.

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Considering CDX fits in with Acura’s naming strategy for its high-riding models (the others being RDX and MDX), it’s entirely possible the name will be used for a potential compact crossover.  

Like most of Acura’s lineup, the vehicle will likely be based on an existing Honda model, in this case the HR-V, whose chief engineer has commented that Acura should get its own version of the vehicle to do battle with rival offerings.  

Stay tuned for an update.

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V