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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories ZDX
Create Date October 16, 2009 14:00
Last Update November 07, 2009 18:24
Introduction

The Concept
Just what exactly is a "luxury four-door-sports-coupe"? You could pose that question to a half-dozen different automakers and you would likely receive a half-dozen different answers. Acura's answer is the ZDX - a fastback CUV with 4-doors, 300hp, all-weather ability (thanks to AWD), 50+ cubic feet of available cargo room, a "destination hotel" interior, and exterior styling that can only be described as otherworldly.

With the ZDX, the intent was to create a vehicle that not only delivers passengers to a destination, but one that becomes part of the destination. Acura envisions the ZDX as a companion for well-heeled couples in pursuit of active lifestyles.

The Design
Michelle Christensen penned the first sketches of what would become the ZDX, depicting a very sleek and muscular 4-door sport coupe/hatchback. The design follows Acura's "Keen Edge" theme and words such as "Tension", "Motion Surfacing", and "Directional" are used to describe the key styling elements. Ultimately, this means that the ZDX is designed to project a "wide, sexy, and capable" image.

A 7-passenger SUV serves as its foundation, but the ZDX has been repurposed to spoil a lucky couple. There is a second row of seats, and there's sufficient room to fit a pair of reasonably sized adults there, but you wouldn't want to make a habit of it. The 2nd row seating area is generally intended for occasional use by actual passengers - if Acura's marketing scouts got it right, these seats may spend more time folded down flat, carrying high-end luggage, sporting gear, and other spoils to or from a weekend getaway.

The Hardware
The 7-passenger SUV that serves as the ZDX's foundation is Acura's popular MDX. The overwhelming majority of the ZDX's oily bits and much of the floorpan and chassis parts have been lifted intact from the MDX, and Acura makes no bones about it. In short, that means the ZDX gets a 300hp 3.7L SOHC VTEC V6, SH-AWD, and a fully independent suspension. With a few exceptions (such as overall height), most of the ZDX's spec sheet is a simple cut and paste from the MDX. And for the most part, the same can be said for the ZDX's feature set. Despite all of this commonality, the end result is two very distinctly different vehicles and a relatively low investment in the ZDX project.

The Equipment
The ZDX will be offered in three flavors: Standard, Technology, and Advance. With a few minor exceptions, the list of features in each ZDX trim level is a very close match to those offered in the MDX's three trim levels. In short, that means the base ZDX is comprehensively equipped (panoramic roof, power tailgate, bi-xenon headlights, full leather interior, USB iPod + Bluetooth, etc...), but you'll need to spring for the Technology model if you want Acura's fantastic 435-watt ELS audio system or their excellent HDD-based VGA Navi system. To that list, the Advance package adds a few more goodies, with the key items being Acura's Integrated Dynamic System (IDS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking Sytem (CMBS), ventilated seats and a blind spot information system. What's IDS? It's basically the electronically adjustable suspension that has been offered in the MDX for the past few years, but now it ties in a nominal level of electronic control of steering assist.

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10-20-2009 09:43 Concept Looks Better!   (Score: 1, Normal) anime_man24
10-20-2009 11:06 Cory
10-29-2009 00:25 integrator
10-24-2009 17:14 i think it'll look best in white.   (Score: 1, Normal) cooperman
10-26-2009 15:00 80honda
10-19-2009 10:43 What segment are we busting?   (Score: 1, Normal) techline
10-19-2009 21:38 silverf16
10-20-2009 22:54 Mr Bigs
10-21-2009 09:54 amagbanua
10-21-2009 15:48 80honda
10-21-2009 19:05 James Robinson
10-19-2009 01:17 ZDX's craftmanship/material selection vs RL and other Acuras   (Score: 1, Normal) CivicB18
10-19-2009 09:16 Cory
10-19-2009 12:33 JeffX
10-21-2009 18:45 EX V6 SLUSHER
10-16-2009 20:57 all those 3/4 shots...   (Score: 1, Normal) Tyson
10-16-2009 21:00 Tyson
10-20-2009 12:23 jero
10-20-2009 17:56 Harvey Jr
10-16-2009 16:18 Good report!   (Score: 1, Normal) 6SPDTL
10-16-2009 16:52 JeffX
10-16-2009 17:22 6SPDTL
10-18-2009 13:27 George Knighton
10-16-2009 16:57 dampflok
10-16-2009 17:24 6SPDTL
10-16-2009 18:54 Potenza
10-16-2009 21:58 6SPDTL
10-18-2009 11:59 silvervtec96
10-18-2009 20:31 Potenza
10-19-2009 08:46 MasterOfDaDomain
10-19-2009 14:22 Potenza
10-20-2009 14:49 Chas2
10-20-2009 16:11 NickDC5
10-19-2009 11:14 variable speed A/C compressor?   (Score: 1, Normal) SpicyMikey
10-16-2009 20:44 More Power Plenum Fiascoes...   (Score: 1, Normal) TonyEX
10-16-2009 21:52 6SPDTL
10-16-2009 21:53 6SPDTL
10-16-2009 21:55 6SPDTL
10-18-2009 02:45 Igore
10-18-2009 13:30 George Knighton
10-19-2009 09:08 Cory
10-18-2009 21:53 Michelle Christensen   (Score: 1, Normal) HONDA AFVM
10-16-2009 20:20 MDX in drag?   (Score: 1, Normal) PGH
10-18-2009 00:24 JeffX
10-18-2009 11:18 CR-V9
10-16-2009 17:32 Missing one-touch closing for moon roof.. possibly software bug?   (Score: 1, Normal) aznxthuggie
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