2011 Acura ZDX Photo Gallery: What's New For 2011

Courtesy of the ManufacturerDec 21, 2010
Read the full overviews from the press release on the fallowing page to learn about what's new on the 2011 Acura ZDX!
Read the full press release overviews below:
2011 Acura ZDX Overviews
Body
In its ongoing relationship with its clients, the Acura Division noticed that some of them own both a sports coupe and an SUV -- the former for its performance and highly personal driving character, and the latter for its utility and practicality for hauling personal gear as well as for going places where the road conditions are difficult. This basic premise (combining a personalized "coupe" driving experience with versatile functionality) drove the body and chassis design of the Acura ZDX. As such, the ZDX has a distinctive design flair unmistakable with any competitor, and the all-season wherewithal to go almost anywhere in comfort, safety and style.
Early in the design process, Acura committed to several key elements for the ZDX that would define it -- but would also to be its most challenging design aspects.
These include:
• "2+Freedom" package concept that puts the driver and passenger first, followed by the luxurious and generous rear storage capacity, followed by rear-seating capacity
• The "Keen Edge" body design, which required special dies for stamping the dramatic deep-draw rear quarter panels
• The Acura-first panoramic glass roof with unique twin sun screens
• Upscale interior including leather instrument panel with sweeping curves and use of concave surfaces
• An available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) that interacts with the steering as well as the (ADS) Active Damper System suspension
• An available blind spot information system (BSI) that uses radar sensors to alert the driver of another vehicle that is detected in close proximity of the ZDX
• The first use of 19-inch diameter wheels and tires as standard equipment on an Acura, with 20-inch diameter wheels and tires available
• Supreme attention paid to reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in the passenger compartment with features such as acoustic front windshield glass, 5mm thick front door side glass, special design side pillar separators, specialized insulation (such as a multi-layer undercover) and even textile-covered inner fender wells
Powertrain
To deliver a seamless blend of power, refinement and efficiency, the ZDX features the latest-generation Acura 3.7-liter VTEC(R) V-6 engine. The all-aluminum powerplant has single overhead camshaft (SOHC) cylinder heads and 24 valves, with the intake valves actuated by Acura's acclaimed Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control(R) (VTEC(R)) system. The compact and efficient 3.7L engine produces 300 horsepower and 270 lbs-ft of torque, with special emphasis on mid-range torque output for outstanding overall driving character.
The ZDX's evolved 3.7L V-6 uses a more rigid cylinder block, high-strength crankshaft, heavy-duty connecting rods, high compression-ratio pistons, cylinder heads with improved cooling, exclusive camshaft specs, a 2-rocker arm design VTEC(R) valvetrain system, heavy-duty intake valve springs, a unique EGR system, special long-reach spark plugs, a large throttle body among other features.
The ZDX achieves an EPA rated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 16/23/19 mpg* -- which give it an excellent combination of fuel economy and power. For all its performance, the ZDX's V-6 is also very clean as it meets EPA TIER 2 -- BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emission standards, and it has close-coupled catalytic converters to ensure efficient cold-start emissions control.
The 3.7L V-6 is coupled with a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission along with a special multi-clutch lock-up torque converter. With comparatively "short" gearing in the first five forward gears, acceleration is enhanced -- while fuel economy and quiet cruising are optimized with a relaxed Sixth gear ratio. The transmission offers two automatic shift modes, or can be operated manually via racing-inspired steering wheel paddle shifters. Grade Logic Control, Shift Hold Control and Cornering G Shift Control help make the 6-speed the most advanced automatic transmission ever offered by Acura.
The 2011 ZDX features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(R)), Acura's advanced drivetrain system that delivers quick, precise all-wheel-drive response. SH-AWD(R) distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. The system's unique "torque vectoring" direct yaw control feature helps make the ZDX exceptionally neutral handling under power, for greater vehicle control. Along with its dry-pavement handling advantages, the ZDX's SH-AWD(R) system also offers excellent all-season capability and requires no driver intervention to operate.
Chassis
From the beginning, with the ZDX concept Acura designers committed to meeting and surpassing the vehicle dynamics and driving feel of its primary competitors -- the BMW X6 and Infiniti FX35. The essential engineering targets included steering, suspension, braking and overall dynamic performance. In addition, superior control of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) was paramount, as was the choice of dedicated Comfort and Sport modes made possible by an available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS).
To achieve a combination of ride comfort and a fun-to-drive character in most weather conditions, Acura used the famed Nuerburgring Noerdschleife circuit in Germany as an essential development tool. This 12.9-mile course contains more than 170 corners and is considered the toughest natural road course in the world. Engineers used the Nuerburgring as a "weakness finder" because it clearly exposes problems with a vehicle's dynamics, making them easier to identify and fix. Engineers took the ZDX to the Nuerburgring on two separate occasions-- once during pre-prototype testing to develop what would become the production suspension systems, and a second time with a prototype.
With its standard 19x8.5-inch wheels and available Active Damper System, the ZDX offers an excellent blend of all-season handling capability. Focusing on a passionate European driving experience, while also providing sophisticated control of NVH, the ZDX is a supremely comfortable long-distance machine and an exhilarating partner on back roads.
Interior
The ZDX represents a completely new departure for Acura and demanded a fresh and creative interior that met the needs and desires of its target customers. Combining premium materials with a new standard of attention-to-detail and hand-craftsmanship, the ZDX's interior takes its place as the ultimate expression of Acura interior design.
Right from its foundation, the ZDX's interior package is aimed at a select demographic that has unique priorities and needs. ZDX customers want the style and excitement of a sports coupe, coupled with a good measure of cargo utility and all-season capability. Although a low priority, buyers don't want to give up a comfortable sedan-like back seat for occasional use to accommodate passengers. In order of importance, the ZDX's interior priorities are: front-seat passengers, rear cargo area and second-row passenger seating.
In terms of packaging, the ZDX design team developed a theme called "2+Freedom." That approach put the emphasis on the needs of the people in the two front seats, while giving them the loading freedom to easily accommodate a weekend golfing trip, or a piece of bulky cargo. For occasional use, they'd need a back seat that could comfortably accommodate two adults, or even three passengers for short rides. The rear cargo area offers 26.3 cubic feet of storage easily accessible via a power rear tailgate. For even greater room, the split rear seatbacks fold nearly flat to afford 55.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
An underlying theme throughout the design of the ZDX interior is its emphasis on the experiential aspect of driving. Features like the ZDX's standard panoramic glass roof put passengers in touch with the environment they're traveling through. Inside the ZDX, the materials set a new standard for Acura, and in some instances for the entire automotive industry. Details like the graceful sculpted leather panels on the instrument panel and console use new manufacturing processes and handcrafted wrapping techniques that allow fine leather to precisely follow complex, flowing interior shapes. Top grade leather is used in the ZDX and many of the leather surfaces (such as on the instrument panel, center console and door panels) feature an exceptionally smooth top leather surface. LED interior lighting and a striking center instrument panel that blacks out when not in use give the ZDX a clean, technical feel. In the rear cargo area, the level of fit and finish sets a new industry standard with tightly tailored loop-type carpeting throughout, three separated hidden storage compartments and handsome satin alloy compartment latches that operate with tactile precision.
Standard equipment is comprehensive, with amenities like leather seating surfaces and a dual-zone, dual-mode, automatic climate control system that includes automatic humidity control and rear seat vents to help keep the entire passenger cabin comfortable. A supportive 10-way adjustable power driver seat and an 8-way adjustable power passenger seat are standard, as is the panoramic glass roof and a power tailgate.
Naturally, there is a long list of advanced technologies that are standard, including a powerful 8-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM(R) Radio with Note function and Bluetooth(R) Audio. Also standard is USB port connectivity (for iPod(R), iPhone(R), or removable USB mass storage devices) and AUX jack interface (for portable MP3 music players). The standard Bluetooth(R) HandsFreeLink(R) wireless telephone interface makes it easy to send and receive telephone calls on a compatible cellular phone without the driver needing to take his or her hands off the wheel or look away from the road. The rearview mirror includes an integrated rear view camera display.
The available Technology Package adds a range of advanced features designed to offer drivers increased connectivity to the world around them and added driving enjoyment. A Keyless Access System with pushbutton start lets the owner enter and drive the ZDX without handling a remote-control fob or keys. Inside, luxurious full-grain perforated Milano premium leather covers the seating surfaces.
The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM) system uses an 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display positioned high up in the center of the instrument panel where it is close to the driver's line of sight while remaining shrouded from glare. With navigation data stored on a built-in hard disk drive (HDD) media storage device, the Navigation system boots up and operates with impressive speed. The navigation system includes AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting(TM) along with the AcuraLink Real-Time Weather(TM) including weather radar image maps. For the ultimate in connectivity, AcuraLink(R) Satellite Communication System allows direct communication between the ZDX and Acura, including the ability to make automated appointments for vehicle service.
Acura's renowned Acura/ELS Surround(R) premium audio system is part of the Technology Package. The system features a 435-watt Digital Sound Processor amplifier, a 10-speaker surround sound array and 15-gigabytes of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage space that allows the ZDX owner to download and store about 3,500 songs* for later playback. The Acura/ELS Surround(R) premium audio system offers DVD-Audio, DTS(TM), CD, AM/FM radio, XM(R) Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth(R) Audio along with USB port and AUX jack connectivity.
The available Advance Package includes everything in the Technology Package, and adds an upgraded premium brushed tricot headliner material, heated and ventilated front seats, a sport steering wheel and LED ambient lighting in each interior door handle pocket. The Advance Package also includes controls and displays for the Collision Mitigating Braking System(TM) (CMBS(TM)), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Active Damper System and blind spot information system (BSI).
*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.2 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate
Safety
The 2011 ZDX continues Acura's tradition of advancing passive safety feature content to achieve a high level of crash worthiness as well as is targeted to receive top safety ratings in its class. The story begins with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure, a technology designed to manage and disperse frontal collision forces to better protect the passenger cabin and improve car-to-car collision safety. Inside, standard passive-safety features include front seat belts with automatic tensioning system with load limiters, dual-stage, multiple-threshold airbags, front-seat side airbags, active front head restraints, knee bolsters for the driver and front passenger, and side curtain airbags for front and outboard rear passengers. The Acura ZDX with Advance Package also gets Acura's innovative Collision Mitigating Braking System(TM) (CMBS(TM)).
Source: Acura

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