Acura CDX is Honda’s premium division compact crossover initially designed for the Chinese market only. Acura debuted this model at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show but growing demand for crossover and SUV models could push Acura to increase the worldwide presence of its high-riding vehicles. With the global trend of declining sedan sales, Acura’s ILX and RLX models also experiencing lower demand while RDX and MDX utility vehicles continue to be top-selling products for the brand.
In that context, it seems that introduction of the new crossover in the US market would be the wise move for the brand as this vehicle could steal the piece of the pie in the lucrative compact segment where are also models like Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30, etc. So, the 2018 Acura CDX has been rumored for the US market but without the official confirmation.
2018 Acura CDX: Design
If the 2018 Acura CDX arrives at the US, like the Chinse model, this compact crossover will be based on the Honda HR-V platform. The dimensions of the model would be around 175 inches length, 73 inches width and 63 inches height. The wheelbase should measure around 105 inches like the Chinese spec version.
On the other hand, the styling of the CDX draws inspiration for the Acura Precision Concept. The model has brand’s new version pentagonal grille and signature headlights. The model also bears sporty shaped front bumper while dynamic character line and sculpted fenders add visual interest to its profile. The rear is also interesting thanks to attractive taillights, creased tailgate and trim inserts.
Inside, the CDX should get improved materials and equipment to meet new market demands. The latest infotainment system and comfort features like the leather upholstery, heated and power seats, automatic climate control would be standard.
On the safety front, the new compact crossover would include standard AcuraWatch safety Suite. The systems included there are forward collision warning with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and mitigation.
2018 Acura CDX: Powertrain
If the CDX reaches the US shores, the model will capable to deliver “a powerful driving experience” as Acura says. The 2018 Acura CDX would have Civic’s great 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. The power this engine delivers should be around 182 hp and torque 177 pound-feet.
The engine will work in the team with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Both front and all-wheel drive will be available.
2018 Acura CDX: Arrival, Price
The 2018 Acura CDX would be a welcomed addition to Acura’s utility vehicle portfolio for the US market. However, Acura hasn’t yet said a word about the US launch. As the reports suggesting, the model could arrive in mid-2018. As the reference, the Chinese version is available from 250, 000 yuan which is equivalent to $38k.