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Is Acura Considering Bringing the Small CDX Crossover to the U.S.?

Subcompact Lux SUV Would Fight Buick Encore, Audi Q3, Infiniti QX30

Apr 28, 2017
Years ago, the thought of a luxury automaker not named Land Rover building an SUV was almost heresy, but now, even Rolls Royce is getting in on the game. Thanks to the proliferation of luxury SUVs of all shapes and sizes, Acura is reportedly considering bringing the subcompact CDX crossover to the U.S.
Photo 2/6   |   Acura CDX Rear Three Quarter
WardsAuto reports that Honda’s luxury division is evaluating the CDX’s potential in our market. Citing remarks made by Acura Vice President Jon Ikeda, WardsAuto claims the company’s research and development teams are investigating what it would take to import the Chinese-market CDX to our shores. Different regional demands and regulations likely would require some changes to the CDX currently built in Guangzhou City, China.
However, the powertrain in the Chinese CDX, a 1.5L turbocharged I-4 mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, is almost certainly comprised of the same pieces already found in North American vehicles. Coaxing the Honda Civic’s turbocharged engine to play nicely with the Acura TLX’s dual-clutch gearbox (while meeting U.S. emissions and fuel economy regulations) shouldn’t be too difficult for American Honda engineers.
Photo 3/6   |   Acura CDX Front Three Quarter 02
Sized below the compact RDX and midsize MDX, the CDX likely takes its architectural cues from the plebian Honda HR-V (which also means it’s related to the Fit economy car). It would likely do battle with the Buick Encore and Infiniti QX30, though we’re sure some BMW X1 and Audi Q3 buyers could be swayed if the CDX is aggressively priced.
It wears Acura’s most recent styling language, which means knife-blade headlamps, a pentagonal grille with diamond accents, and bold body surfacing. It’d be fair to expect a tech-heavy interior on a U.S.-market CDX, with a thick veneer of luxury to hide the CDX’s Honda roots. If it gets the green light, we don't expect to see the CDX before the 2019 model year.
Source: WardsAuto

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