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Old 03-07-2019, 02:30 PM
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The 2016 Precision concept will be the basis for a new production-ready Acura sedan concept, C/D has learned.

  • Acura will reveal a production-ready concept at Pebble Beach this summer that previews a slinky four-door flagship inspired by the Precision concept.
  • Next-gen versions of the TLX sedan and MDX crossover are both coming soon.
  • A second-generation ZDX crossover "coupe" could be in the pipeline, too.


Three years after tantalizing us with the Precision concept, Acura has yet to apply its sinewy design to its entire sextet of sedans, crossovers, and a supercar. The 2019 RDX crossover is the first full realization of the brand's Precision Crafted Performance design language, and aside from the NSX supercar, right now it's easily the best-looking new Acura. But that's about to change this summer.

Acura will reveal a production-ready concept at Pebble Beach that will strongly echo the Precision concept as a tribute to the best of Acura's past, Car and Driver has learned. Staring into the Precision's deep pool of red paint, we must wonder—as Acura is but a 34-year-old car company mostly constrained to our market—might one of its legendary nameplates return as the Legend reincarnate? It's not a ludicrous idea, although we won't hold our breath over the exact name. Signs, however, do point to a new production Acura sedan in the Precision concept's gorgeous "four-door coupe" form. This time, unlike what it did with the car that debuted at the 2016 Detroit auto show, Acura will be ready to build something like it.

All-New TLX and MDX, but What Else Is Coming?

The next-gen TLX sedan and MDX crossover are on schedule, both likely for a late 2019 or early 2020 debut. During a small preview at the Acura Design Studio on Honda's Torrance, California, campus, we saw several mockups under cover with hook-shaped, extruded taillights poking out as on the Precision concept. Up front, vertical air intakes stretched to the corners, as on the RDX, will make their way onto both of these cars. Acura is still serious about a performance-oriented TLX Type S, which by our eyes will employ a ducktail spoiler like the new Toyota Supra, only whittled down enough to fit the profile of a refined luxury sedan.




We're uncertain where that leaves the RLX, Acura's supposed flagship that sold less than 2000 units last year, but our feelers suggest one of two things: The Pebble car could be an RLX replacement with a new name, or Acura will spread its ashes into the Pacific. What is clear is that sedans aren't dead at Acura.

The crossover craze hasn't escaped Acura designers, and to that end, a next-gen ZDXcould make a return to the SUV coupe segment it helped define, albeit a few years too early, when it launched in 2009. Executives are looking at mockups and, as far as we can tell, liking what they see. With BMW and Mercedes-Benz in 4x4 coupe mode—and Infiniti and Lexus largely silent in this arena—the stage could reopen for a new ZDX since Acura discontinued it in 2013.

What's not up for debate is that Acura is becoming relevant again, particularly within its own company. Execs admit frustration over Acura's second-class treatment by Honda, which lately has reserved the newest innovations (like the Accord's 10-speed automatic transmission and infotainment, or the Civic Type R's turbo four) when the luxury division, by all logic, should be leading. But its cars are starting to look really good again. For Acura, Pebble Beach can't come soon enough.

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a2...-pebble-beach/





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boy, that sure is sporty
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What's not up for debate is that Acura is becoming relevant again, particularly within its own company. Execs admit frustration over Acura's second-class treatment by Honda, which lately has reserved the newest innovations (like the Accord's 10-speed automatic transmission and infotainment, or the Civic Type R's turbo four) when the luxury division, by all logic, should be leading. But its cars are starting to look really good again. For Acura, Pebble Beach can't come soon enough.
What's not up for debate is that, within my own family, I'm becoming relevant again.
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No next gen TL-S, no care
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What's not up for debate is that, within my own family, I'm becoming relevant again.
Continuous rebirth is the name of the game. The phoenix rising again from the ashes.
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You all should be excited about acura. If the rdx is a sign of things to come from them they are going to finally make some nice cars that have more going for them then being a sensible purchase of an “upscale” brand.
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You all should be excited about acura.
They're still using a V-6 that entered full scale production in 1996. I'm dripping with anticipation.

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at least he is GDD enough to quote the article and add pics. HTCCE just dumps a link and ghosts.
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at least he is GDD enough to quote the article and add pics. HTCCE just dumps a link and ghosts.
Sometimes, it's nice that the effort is noticed.
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They're still using a V-6 that entered full scale production in 1996. I'm dripping with anticipation.

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what does that have to do with the new ones?

thats actually the one thing I wish they’d keep instead of the 2.0t
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I do appreciate the post and had no idea Acura was even coming out with this - I just have zero excitement for the brand and cars in general at this point.
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I do appreciate the post and had no idea Acura was even coming out with this - I just have zero excitement for the brand and cars in general at this point.
thats because they are boring as **** to drive

the new rdx is not, they placed a huge emphasis on handling and the interior. It is completely transformed in both of those areas.
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thats actually the one thing I wish they’d keep instead of the 2.0t
If we ever agreed on anything, especially engines, something is fundamentally wrong.


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I do appreciate the post and had no idea Acura was even coming out with this - I just have zero excitement for the brand and cars in general at this point.
I took a survey when visiting their website. I left them a scathing comment.
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Both good points. I mean my sister has the RDX turbo (2.3) or whatever and damn that is a great car and fun to drive. I miss cars like that. The main issue is that Hondas, especially when spec'd out, are so nice that it's almost impossible to justify an Acura compared to an EX-L.
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This will be interesting.
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They're still using a V-6 that entered full scale production in 1996. I'm dripping with anticipation.

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Probably won't come with a 6MT option; no ***** given.

Only thing I like is the exterior color.
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I hope this car comes with a simulated 3 speed CVT and 190 section front tires so it understeers like a champ.
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I haven't owned an Acura for years, but I'd be all over a type R powered, DCT, AWD TSX.
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Considering the ridiculously low sales numbers for their top models... why not... let it rip and come up with a game changer kind of car. . It's not like they are risking anything...
They have Honda to make up for the disappointing Acura sales figures as they always do.
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disappointing Acura sales
I'm surprised they sell over 100 RL/RLX models a month.



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