Rendered: Acura CDX Crossover

Recent news of a potential small crossover model from Acura has prompted Russian automotive website DRIVE.RU to create this rendering of the Acura “CDX”.

There really isn’t too much to the rendering, it simply places the whole front end of the 2016 Acura RDX onto the body of the Honda HR-V and adds some new wheels. It does however give us an idea of how the newer Acura styling traits would look with the compact proportions of the HR-V platform. Of course, if Acura did create its own version of the HR-V, we’d expect significant upgrades both inside and out to distinguish itself as a premium vehicle.

[Source: DRIVE.RU]

New Acura Crossover to be Named CDX?

A recent trademark filing by Honda suggests a future Acura crossover could be named the “CDX”.

Based on Acura’s current nomenclature, the “DX” suffix would signify a crossover vehicle, likely an entry-level model below the RDX and MDX.

Recent articles have mentioned Acura’s interest in a small crossover model based on the same platform as the new Honda HR-V/Vezel, and if you consider that Acura debuted the SUV-X Concept in 2013, I’d say an Acura “CDX” could be coming very soon.

[Source: AutoGuide]

Acura Creative Director Dave Marek Hints at Future Performance Model

Dave Marek - Global Creative Director of Acura Design_2014_11_05_01

Speaking with Car and Driver at SEMA 2014, Acura Global Creative Director Dave Marek hinted at the sportier direction Acura will take in the next few years.

“There are changes coming, and then there are more changes coming… There are lots of resources and activity going into making Acura back into what it was.”- Dave Marek

Unfortunately Marek wasn’t able to go into detail about the changes, but Car and Driver mentions a more affordable performance model coming after the launch of the NSX in 2015.

Oh and if you like the new “Andaro Blue” seen on the Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX, apparently it will be offered on future Acura models, including the NSX.

Read the full post on – A New Acura Integra? “Just Wait,” We’re Told.

[Source: Car and Driver]

Is This the Face of the 2016 Acura ILX?

2016 Acura ILX Teaser

It looks like a new teaser image of the 2016 Acura ILX has surfaced. The image was posted on AcuraZine and to my knowledge it has not yet been released by Acura’s official channels. All the design elements seem to match up with the spy shots we’ve seen so I would say this is the real deal. The original file dimensions suggest it’s ready to be posted on Instagram, so expect to see it officially from Acura soon.

The only other thing I can add is that so far it’s looking really good.

[Source: AcuraZine]

Rumor: Acura Considering New All-wheel Drive Strategy

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Speaking with Honda Executive Koichi Fukuo in Japan, Automotive News has reported Acura is considering a new long-term plan, one that could see all-wheel drive as a standard feature on all future models.

Fukuo specifically mentions the success of Subaru, which offers AWD standard on all its models except the BRZ Coupe. “Looking at Subaru, I felt that we have to have a strong, clear direction as a brand… What’s important is to have the technology, styling and performance to evolve all together. Otherwise, I don’t think we can increase the number of loyal customers, so-called Acurists.” Fukuo told Automotive News.

Automotive News says the AWD plan is one of many ideas to “rethink the brand” and that nothing has been finalized. While a transition to an all-AWD Acura lineup could take a few years, the idea of having an AWD option for every model isn’t far away. Currently the only Acura model without AWD as an option is the ILX.

Read the full article at – Acura takes page from Subaru.

[Source: Automotive News]

Rumor: North American Acura NSX Launching in 2015, Europe to Follow

Next Evolution Acura NSX Concept

UK website What Car? is reporting the next generation NSX is still on track for a 2015 launch, at least for North America. What Car? states the NSX will initially go on sale in North America next year in 2015, while Europe will see a delayed launch in early 2016.

What Car? also mentions the production NSX will be revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in November, but this could be a reference to a Honda badged NSX for the Japanese and European markets. There have been rumors that we could see a production Acura NSX as early as January 2014 for a debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Read the full article at – New Honda NSX on sale in 2016.

[Source: What Car?]