The Acura ZDX name will return in 2024 as the moniker for the brand’s first EV. The company will also offer it as a sporty Type S variant.
According to Acura, ZDX shares a stylish theme with Precision EV Concept, which was one of the big debuts during this year’s Monterey Car Week. We don’t yet know which aspects of the concept might carry over to the version on sale as the designers are still finalizing the look at the design studio in Los Angeles.
ZDX will use the General Motors Ultium platform. Powertrain specifications and battery details are not yet available for the Acura. GM points out this foundation can support batteries ranging from 50 to 200 kilowatt-hours.
The Precision EV concept (above) kicks off Acura’s design language for its future EVs. The company says that the shape is supposed to evoke a speedboat that cuts through the water.
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Acura also showed interior renderings of the Precision EV concept. The cabin has a yoke-shaped steering wheel and a simple little digital screen on top. The appearance looks inspired by the cockpit of a racing car. There is also an infotainment screen with an angle that points towards the driver.
This concept has an interesting driving arrangement. In Instinctive Mode, the entire cabin glows red, and the steering wheel moves toward the driver. Alternatively, Spiritual Lounge mode activates autonomous driving, causing the wheels to be pulled back onto the dashboard and activating a blue underwater lighting motif.
Rumor has it that in 2021, GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee plant may be building the ZDX. This is the same site that built the Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover.
Honda will also have an EV on the Ultium platform. The Prologue will go on sale in early 2024, before the arrival of ZDX in showrooms. Like Acura, it will have a new design language.
In the ZDX announcement, Acura gave the first confirmation of the brand launching an EV in Platform e:Honda’s own architecture in 2026. The Honda badge model arrived that same year. So far, no technical details are available on these basics.
For an extended tour of the Precision EV Concept, check out our one-on-one video with it: