Remember Acura ZDX? It’s a hybrid crossover that begs the question, “what if we just made a larger sports hatchback?” Now that sounds like an odd proposition and was even more out of place in 2009 when it was announced. But after killing off the controversial crossover in 2013, Acura is now bringing the ZDX name back on its first all-electric SUV.
Released in 2024, the new Acura ZDX is being co-developed by the company with GM. As such, it will use the automaker’s ultium batteries before Acura develops its own electric vehicle architecture for use on future models.
In addition, the details of the new ZDX are quite thin. Like the original car, the new model is being designed “from scratch” at Acura’s LA design studio, which opened in 2007. Original ZDX It was the first car to be completely styled in America.
Acura also says that when the car’s lid breaks, we’ll be treated with two different variants of the new ZDX. That’s because the company will market a standard version and a Type variant
Emile Korkor, assistant vice president of Acura National Sales, said in a statement: “The Acura ZDX represents the start to what will be an accelerated path toward electrification by the end of the decade and the key role the Acura brand will play in our company’s global goal to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.
“Acura will remain focused on performance in the electrified era and Type S will continue to represent the pinnacle of this direction.”
The new car, which will be Acura’s first zero-emission SUVwill launch in 2024, with more details on the new model expected to launch before that time.
Design for new model will be inspired by the Precision EV Concept which Acura announced in California earlier this week. This concept is said to provide a glimpse into the future design direction for Acura.
This follows a similar approach to Acura’s last design refresh. Back in 2016, the company launched yet another Precision Concept, with design elements of that car incorporated into the company’s current lineup.
With this new concept car, Acura is leaning heavily on a simpler, boxy design compared to the current model. The concept retains the brand’s signature grille, albeit in a new, ventless form.
It looks pretty slick, so if this is the direction things are going I’m looking forward to the future of Acura!