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Next Acura RDX Blowing into Chicago

New midsize crossover gets tech upgrades.

by on Jan.21, 2015

The 2015 Acura RDX gets a makeover for 2016 that will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show next month.

Acura plans to blow into the Windy City next month with a redesigned version of its compact RDX sport-utility vehicle.

The RDX is one of the Japanese luxury brand’s most important products. Acura has long struggled to gain traction in the passenger car market, but it has routinely been one of the leaders in the upscale crossover segment with the RDX and larger MDX.

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The luxury arm of Honda isn’t offering many details, but referring to the strong fuel economy numbers for its V-6 version, an Acura release suggests, “the 2016 RDX takes the position a step further, adding important improvements to performance, dynamics, comfort and NVH,” or noise, vibration and harshness. (more…)

First Look: 2014 Acura MDX Prototype

What you see is (mostly) what you'll get.

by on Jan.15, 2013

Acura is calling it a prototype but it's largely what you can expect from the 2014 MDX.

One of Acura’s most popular vehicles, the 2014 Acura MDX, made its world debut in prototype form today at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, showing off a new, stylish appearance and a large suite of advanced technology features.

As is typical of Acura and its parent Honda, the thinly disguised show car will be back in production trim – soon enough to be rolling into showrooms for the 2014 model-year.  The basic layout of the third-generation crossover will carry over, the MDX offering room for seven and both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive layouts.

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“Our goal is to advance on MDX’s already great dynamic performance while improving fuel economy and luxury comfort,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. “Building on the great momentum we established in 2012 with the launch this year of our flagship RLX, followed later this year by a terrific new luxury SUV in MDX we are very excited about the direction of the Acura brand. And we are truly looking forward to a great 2013,” he said.


Acura Planning to Show MDX Prototype

“Concept” likely to be production-ready – and introduce new electric AWD system.

by on Dec.13, 2012

A sketch of the new Acura MDX "prototype."

Acura will turn to the upcoming Detroit Auto Show to reveal a new prototype of its MDX crossover-utility vehicle. Sources tell it may also use the opportunity to reveal an all-new electrically enhanced all-wheel-drive system that will go into production with the next-generation crossover.

For its part, the maker isn’t saying much about the new MDX. Beyond providing a sketch of the prototype, it suggests in a release that the 2014 model will adopt a new “’Aero Sculpture’ design language affecting both form and function.”

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The image indicates the show car, at least, will adopt a version of the much-maligned Acura grille that critics have dubbed the “beak,” though like other recent offerings, such as the production RLX flagship unveiled at last month’s LA Auto Show, it will be significantly downsized from the chromed sheath on the current MDX.


Acura Will Update – Then Drop — Slow-Selling ZDX

A grand send-off for a product few will miss.

by on Oct.10, 2012

Fade to black: Acura updates the ZDX before banishing the unloved crossover.

Some makers prefer to let their failures slip away quietly.  Acura, however, is giving a big send-off to the unloved ZDX as it prepares to banish the slow-selling crossover off into oblivion.

The ZDX has been one of the poorest performers in the entire lineup of Honda/Acura products – and one of an assortment of niche products that didn’t quite connect with U.S. consumers, also including the Honda-branded Insight and CR-Z models.

The maker is now looking to either find fixes – as with the updated CR-Z unveiled at the Paris Motor Show — or pare back and, as a corporate statement suggests, “sharpen (the) focus on new models and core products.”

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The Acura ZDX emerged in 2009 as part of a new wave of crossovers that seemed to be trying to find a balance between sports coupe and sport-ute. Perhaps the only real success in the segment has been the BMX X6. For the first nine months of the year, Acura sold just 642 ZDX crossovers, down from an already anemic 1220 during the same period the year before.  By comparison, the luxury maker sold 4692 of its more conventional MDX crossovers in September.


Acura Swaps RDX’s Turbo Four for V-6 in Revamped 2013 Model

Automaker says decision was made to improve fuel economy.

by on Jan.10, 2012

Acura has made the curious decision to replace the 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder in the RDX with the venerable 3.5-liter V-6. The reason? Fuel economy.

Acura is revamping its RDX crossover in attempt to return to its core values, but the decisions regarding the second-generation small crossover seem to go against the current convention.

The 2013 RDX will trade its turbocharged 240-horsepower 2.3-liter four cylinder for Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6, producing 273 horses. The larger engine is a surprise as almost every other automaker is frantically replacing their V-6 engines with turbocharged four cylinders precisely for the reason Honda says it is moving to the V-6.

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Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president for of product planning for Acura, admitted during her part of the presentation on the Acura stand that fuel mileage for the RDX has been a disappointment to owners.

But maybe Acura is onto something. It claims that the RDX will have the best fuel economy in its class with 20 mpg city and 28 highway for the front-wheel-drive model.

Also helping improve fuel economy, the new RDX also gets a new six-speed automatic replacing the old five-speed and a new, lightweight all-wheel-drive system.


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