Acura Might Bring the 2017 CDX to the United States May 11, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
If the Acura CDX doesn’t sound familiar to you, don’t feel bad. This model is currently only sold in China. It is a subcompact crossover that is based on the Honda HR-V with more sophisticated styling and features. Given the massive popularity of compact crossovers, it’s possible that Acura will introduce the CDX in the United States to expand their lineup. Here's what we know about the Chinese 2017 Acura CDX—and some funky promotional pictures.
Styling the Acura CDX
The Acura CDX shows a clear resemblance to the Precision Concept that went on display at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The front shows a great deal of detail with an expanding insert in mesh coming out of the Acura logo on the five-sided grille. The fascia has three large openings, and the fog lights further brighten this area. Take a closer look, and you will notice the automaker’s signature Jewel Eye headlights. There is also daytime running lights and full LED headlights on the CDX. The sides have hard creases for body lines with large accents for the wheel openings and double body lines running between the door bottoms and door handles. Those lines draw the eye to the rear of the CDX with its angular edges. The roof rails, rocker panels, and side window openings all have chrome trim, as does the rear bumper.
Under the Hood
The transversely mounted engine in the Acura CDX is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that gives drivers 177 pound-feet for torque and 182 horsepower that is more than enough for the small vehicle. It works with an 8-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Coming to the U.S.
New information from WardsAuto indicates that Acura is thinking of bringing the CDX to the United States. It would compete against other luxury subcompact crossovers, including the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30, and Audi Q3. From the standpoint of an automotive professional, it would be the perfect addition to the automaker’s lineup. More and more Americans are embracing subcompact models, and crossover sales are positively booming. In addition to potentially bringing the CDX to the United States, Acura is exploring other ways to expand their crossover lineup, including creating variants of existing models. The perfect example of this is the recently announced MDX with a hybrid variation. Experts also predict that Acura will soon add a large CUV that has more third room passenger space than the MDX. In fact, Acura told WardsAuto that they are looking into a three-row SUV that is oriented toward on-roading, so this is a logical extension. While you wait for the CDX to arrive, you can still check out the RDX and MDX, both of which are offered in the U.S. at the moment.