Although the upcoming 2010 Acura ZDX concept coupe-crossover SUV was presented to the American customers half a year ago at the New York Auto Show’2009, only today the BMW X6-inspired car will be officially presented as a 2010 MY production model.
It is known that the 2010 Acura ZDX will be based on the current Acura MDX seven-seater crossover SUV, but will seat only five passengers offering more trunk space.
As usual, the Japanese brand features styling that reminds me a bit Seiko’s premium-priced ‘Ananta’ line that, as simple looking as it is, successfully competes with Swiss watchmakers known for their elaborated designs and painstaking approach to decor.
Still, while as unique as katana is different from a European broad sword, the design looks a bit too plain and eclectic with form of some of its elements not really following their function.
As the front fog lamp niches (they also are either styled or actually serve as front air inlets) are nicely matched by the same elements in the rear bumper (the latter seem to host exhaust tips and rear fog lights), their shape doesn’t look particularly natural.
Same goes to exaggerated rear wheel arches and the roof profile that seems to be designed not to provide as much comfort to passengers on the rear bench, but rather is supposed to somehow make the car look more like a direct threat to the last year’s BMW X6. However, while the German performance coupe makes an impression like it was designed from scratch and with a lot of love put into it (although I, too, don’t find the car especially comfortable, even for its pilot), the roof line of this new Acura ZDX looks almost like an afterthought. It look like that of a car that was initially designed as a station wagon and then, at a point very close to revealing the production vehicle to the board of directors, somebody decided to make it fight for the brand new niche of oversized sport utility coupes.
Clearly, not the best idea.
Being 192.6 inches long, 78.5 inches wide and 61.8 inches tall, the Japanese vehicle is 0.5 inches longer and 0.4 inches wider than its main competitor — the German 2009 BMW X6 crossover. The Japanese car, however, is 4.7 inches lower and its wheelbase of 108.5 inches is 7 inches shorter than that of its German rival.
The base Acura ZDX will be powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine, which is mated to Honda’s own Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system and is capable of producing up to 300hp, so hp-wise it will be on par with the X6. However, with its promised curb weight of only 4431 lbs (2010 kg), the Japanese vehicle will be 463 lbs (210 kg) lighter than the X6 so there is good chance that the ZDX will feature better acceleration and will be better at fast cornering.
The Japanese premium brand plans to sell the 2010 Acura ZDX at a starting price of $40,000 to $45,000, which is $10,000 to $15,000 lower than X6’s MSRP on the U.S. market.
See also: Hamann body kit for the 2008 BMW X6