Honda has shown an interesting concept, called the Acura SUV-X Concept. The promotion of the mentioned concept was held in 2013 in Shanghai. It turned out that the concept served as a preparatory polygon for the future serial crossover model of the B-segment. It’s the 2018 Acura CDX, and it’s declared a luxury compact crossover. There was a lot of doubt about whether the route would go from concept to model. However, Honda registered the trademark “CDX” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Then all the dilemmas were removed.
The 2018 MY model does not bring anything new, compared to the 2017 model. Frankly, something was not even expected. The Acura CDX 2018 comes with a 1.5-liter DOHC VTEC Turbo unit. Otherwise, CDX is the first Acura model that is equipped with a factory-fitted turbocharger since the first generation Acura RDX.
The said motor is housed frontal and delivers 185 horsepower. This engine is coupled to a 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with a SportShift system. Also, the vehicle comes in versions with front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.
2018 Acura CDX Design and Specs
The production of Acura CDX crossover is entrusted to ZengCheng Plant and Guangzhou City, China. The 2018 Acura CDX has a lot of similarities with the fifth generation Honda CR-V SUV and the tenth generation Honda Civic models. Initially it was thought that the CDX would be based on the new Honda HR-V subcompact crossover, due to similar dimensions and orientation. Recall, the dimensions of the vehicle are 174.8 l/73.2 w/62.9 h inches, with a wheelbase of 104.7 inches.
The Acura CDX is the first crossover in the B-segment, this brand. Basically, this is a 4-door SUV. Also, the vehicle has a great deal of luxury. Certainly, this was the goal of the company, because the demand for such models is growing. Especially in the market of China. So it’s no surprise that the introduction and the beginning of the sale happened in this market.
In its first generation, the Acura CDX is available from July 2016. For the very beginning of the sale, the new model is available only to Chinese customers. However, even though Acura pointed out that this model will not be offered on the North American market, some rumors say quite the opposite. Namely, in the offer of this brand, there is a vacancy for such a model in the mentioned market. As such, this model would take its place under the larger Acura RDX model. It also competes with models of German car manufacturers, such as Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Although this crossover is intended primarily for Chinese customers, it is expected to expand its supply to other global markets. This development of events is conditioned by the expansion of the range of power generators. Of course, certain markets have their own requirements and a certain demand. For this reason, a diesel version (for the European market), as well as more powerful gasoline aggregates (US market), can be expected.