By Brendan Moore
Over the last month, Acura has released details of its ZDX coupe which will be on sale later this year. The concept was shown at the New York Auto Show in April; I saw it during a press conference there and assumed at the time that the design would get tweaked considerably before production.
Considerable changes didn’t happen.
I want to be kind and say that it is a somewhat awkward design, but really, it just begs for criticism. I look at it and see the Pontiac Aztek and the BMW X6, two vehicles that look tortured to me in terms of sheet metal.
Regardless, Acura’s plans for the vehicle are that it will be known as an attractive four-door sports coupe, a la Mercedes and BMW.
The ZDX looks similar to the upcoming Honda CrossTour, but Acura officials say that there are absolutely no shared components between the two vehicles. But, the ZDX engine is used elsewhere in the Honda line – it’s the ubiquitous 3.7 liter, 300 hp V6.
The ZDX has seating for five, a modular cargo area behind the rear seats, and, a storage well underneath the cargo area floor.
The ZDX will come in three trim packages; the ZDX, the ZDX with Technology Package and the ZDX with Advance Package. Standard equipment on every ZDX includes a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters and Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Other standard features encompass panoramic glass roof, 19-inch wheels, leather seats, leather instrument panel dashboard and door panels, Bluetooth connectivity, power tailgate and a CD player with, of course, USB port and iPod integration.
The Technology Package adds electronic options and the Advance Package adds hi-tech safety equipment.
Acura says the ZDX will occupy the space between the MDX and the RL, so an average MSRP of approximately $45,000 USD should be a good price point to use when estimating the ZDX sticker.
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