According to Acura boss Jon Ikeda, Honda’s luxury division is seriously reconsidering to offer one more crossover to the North American drivers. At the moment, the carmaker has RDX and MDX in today’s portfolio, yet they are thinking to sell the entry-level 2018 Acura CDX in the near future. Judging by the sale figures this can’t be a mistake, because the segment is growing pretty fast, and what’s more, Audi, BMW, Infiniti and Mercedes won’t be alone anymore, because Cadillac prepares its own model, while Lexus won’t miss the chance to introduce the UX in the coming years as well.
Judging by the information we have, the US-specs premium compact SUV won’t be too different from the model that’s currently selling in China. It’s largely based on the Honda HR-V but features a gorgeous and dynamic styling, which took the inspiration from the Precision Concept. In the front, the compact crossover sports really attractive grille and catchy headlights, while the “sliced” hood looks really unique. The profile is ultra-smooth, which is very popular at the moment.
The US version of the 2018 Acura CDX will most likely use the same engine as the Chinese model. It’s a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that pumps out 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. You will be able to choose between front and all-wheel drive, while an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission comes as a sole option. Some reports suggest that the carmaker might also add a plug-in hybrid powertrain under the hood of the North American model, which is very likely, yet not right away.
Since there will be no any essential difference between the Chines and US model, the 2018 Acura CDX should be introduced in the coming months, probably at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The price is unknown at the moment, but we think it will start south from $32K.