2010 Acura ZDX debuts for U.S. market
Acura, Honda’s North American luxury brand, has launched the all-new 2010 Acura ZDX “four-door sports coupe,” after showing off a concept version a few months ago.
Taking a page from the BMW X6, the Japanese-American copycat will feature key design highlights such as a panoramic glass roof and hidden rear door handles.
The ZDX comes with a 3.7-litre V6 engine mated to an all-new paddle-shifted 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive, generating 300 hp and 366 Nm of torque. Standard on the ZDX are 19-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, which apparently are the largest wheels Honda has ever offered.
very ZDX interior will feature a hand-stitched leather dash, panels and sculpted center console. The ZDX can seat up to five adults with cargo space behind the second row of seats. The cargo area can also be expanded to accommodate longer objects, such as golf bags, by removing side panels in the cargo-compartment sidewalls. There is also an integrated under-floor storage area.
Like all Acura models, the ZDX will come generously equipped from the start. The panoramic glass roof with moveable sunshades, hand-stitched leather interior, Bluetooth connectivity, power tailgate, and a CD stereo with XM radio and a USB audio interface with iPod integration are all standard features.
The ZDX with Technology Package adds several features including a Navigation System with Voice Recognition, an Acura/ELS Surround premium audio system and a new multi-view rear camera. The Advance Package boasts additional customer enhancing technologies like a blind spot information system, a Collision Mitigating Braking System, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
The ZDX will go on sale in winter this year, and will be priced under the Acura RL flagship sedan in the United States. But while the RL is available in the GCC as the Honda Legend, there are no plans to offer the ZDX or any other Acura model in the UAE.
Incidentally, Honda’s new boss, Takanubo Ito, recently went on record saying that they don’t “need” V8 engines or rear-wheel-drive, and has proceeded to kill any such plans to concentrate on economical offerings. So much for Honda’s sporting heritage.