The first ZDX was unveiled at the 2009 New York Auto Show and was the brand’s first vehicle to be designed by Acura’s Southern California design studio. The Precision EV concept (in the title photo) was also drawn in Los Angeles, but Honda probably hopes that the electric ZDX will be more successful than its gasoline counterpart.
The fact is that at one time the coupe-like crossover failed in sales – the car was positioned as a competitor to the BMW X6, but a little less than 7.2 copies were produced in three years. Amid low demand, ZDX production in Ontario, Canada was discontinued as early as 2013.
The new crossover is being developed jointly with GM and will be built on the same Ultium platform as the Cadillac Lyriq and Hummer H1T (Acura’s difference will be in its unique design, fine tuning of the suspension and steering, as well as a proprietary set of electronic assistants). The closest relative of the model in the Honda family will be the Honda Prologue, which has so far been shown only in sketches.
Even as part of the premiere of the concept, it was announced that many solutions would eventually migrate to production cars. For example, transparent displays of the dashboard and multimedia system, low seating position and environmentally friendly interior trim materials may well be received by the serial ZDX.
Coupe-shaped crossover Acura ZDX
It is also known that the electric crossover will be available in the Type S version. Acura has been releasing “sporty” crossovers since the end of last year. The first was the MDX, which is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 turbo instead of the less powerful naturally aspirated 3.5 V6 and is Acura’s first car with air suspension. Apparently, the ZDX Type S will differ from the base model with a programmatically increased output of electric motors and a reconfigured chassis.
The Acura ZDX production electric crossover will enter the US market in 2024, shortly after the debut of the more affordable Honda Prologue. And in 2026, Acura will have more compact models on the e:N Architecture W electric platform.