Honda has taken the necessary legal measures to register the "CDX" nameplate with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Honda has taken the necessary legal measures to register the "CDX" nameplate with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

It was filed on February 11 and covers "automobiles and their structural parts" and most likely the moniker will be used by Acura on a subcompact crossover positioned below the bigger compact RDX and the mid-size MDX. This legal move shouldn't come as a big surprise taking into account at the beginning of the month we heard American Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel saying that Acura could be getting an entry-level crossover.

It will probably be based on the 2016 Honda HR-V (US-spec) so it will likely get a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter engine with 138 bhp & 127 lb-ft channeled to the front wheels or an optional AWD through a continuously variable transmission.

It shouldn't take that long to see an Acura-badged HR-V with the CDX name competing directly with the Buick Encore.

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