Although Acura never built a car in China, 2016 is the tenth year anniversary ever since this manufacturer is present on mentioned market. That will no longer be the case. The new model will be built in ZengCheng Plant in Guangzhou City. So what new model we talk about? Let’s first say that every concept is built for a reason. So is the Precision Concept that was unveiled at 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The reason we’re telling you this is because new 2017 Acura CDX draws inspiration from mentioned concept. We’ll get later to that. More important thing is that Acura doesn’t have at this moment plans for the North American market as they want that CDX to be purely a Chinese Domestic Market model. But who knows, that may change in the near future.
2017 Acura CDX – New Design Language
When you look at the Precision Concept there is no doubt that new model from Acura is following the key design from it. But first, let’s start with dimensions. This is a four-door SUV, so space inside must meet the requirements of all the passengers. Length is 174.8 inches, width 73.2 inches, height 62.9 inches, while the wheelbase is 104.7 inches long. It is the closest to Honda CR-V and Audi Q3 when it comes to dimensions. And now back to design.
At the front, we have a big grille with diamond-like details, all of them pointing to a rather large Acura emblem. At both ends, you can find nicely styled LED headlights, while below there are three openings. In the middle, one is large air intake with mesh, and fog lights on the sides. Fenders are positioned high with plenty of space between the wheels. Chrome line goes over the windows and roof rails ending in a spoiler at the end of the roof structure. Around the back, designers put unique large rear lights with additional chrome accents in the rear bumper. When it comes to beauty 2017 Acura CDX is nicely styled and it should be well accepted in the Chinese market.
2017 Acura CDX – Interior Design
Although interior resembles Precision concept, forget large retracting touchscreen. On the centre console, there is much smaller touchscreen right beneath two A/C vents. More interesting is what can be seen below. 2017 Acura CDX has rotary shift knob with “Dynamic Mode” written above it. In other words, the manual transmission is out of the question. Designers complemented the seats with high-quality leather. Other than that, backseat legroom and headroom are sufficient even for people with above average height. If the fifth occupant isn’t present in the vehicle, part of the seat can be folded down forming a very large armrest. There are also two USB sockets right below the A/C vents. So to sum it up, the interior is very stylish and done with soft touch.
2017 Acura CDX – Drivetrain
New model deserves a new drivetrain. So 2017 Acura CDX will have a transversely mounted 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Although small volume engine, its output is 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. We already said that there will be no manual transmission; instead, powertrain comes with eight-speed automatic transmission. Although just one engine with one transmission, there will be two drive configurations, FWD as standard and AWD as optional. Still, there is no available information about acceleration and top speed. As far as the safety is concerned, neither one of many research centers conducted safety tests. But if we look at CDX’s brethren, RDX and MDX and their Top Safety Pick+ awards, we can take a “wild guess” that 2017 Acura CDX will have a high level of safety.
2017 Acura CDX – Pricing
New 2017 Acura CDX is already available in the Chinese market as of July this year at a base price of 250.000 Yuan. That is $37.500, while the high-end trim level is about 300.000 Yuan which converts to $45.000. We already said that this model is available for China only, but don’t think that there is no possibility of new CDX coming to other markets as well. And that is especially if Acura achieves good sales with mentioned model.