Acura has revealed a prototype of the high-riding ZDX four door coupe at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The ZDX represents a new market segment for Acura, one that has great possibilities.
"The ZDX is truly a luxury performance coupe - plus," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "The emotional coupe styling coupled with a luxurious and dramatic interior and surprising versatility, allows the ZDX to define its own segment and attract an entirely new customer."
The ZDX's sportiness is emphasised by the flowing lines, the sharp roofline, concealed rear door handles and daring fender flares. While the boot is roomy with space for plenty of luggage, its all-glass make is a continuation of the uniqueness of the concept car. Signing off the exterior are 9-spoke 20-inch wheels and dual chrome tailpipes.
Size-wise the ZDX concept is 192.4 inches (4.89m) long, 78.5 inches (1.99m) wide and has a wheelbase of 108.2 inches (2.75m). On the other hand the BMW X6, the closest competitor to the ZDX measures 192 inches (4.88m) in length, is 77.9 inches (1.98m) wide and its wheelbase is 115.5 inches (2.93m).
Premium leather upholstery features on the seats and the hand-stitched leather dashboard adds to the vehicle's design flair. Although not as obvious as in the X6, the Acura's rear seats also accommodate only two. A third person may take the middle area but not very comfortably.
Comfort and safety technologies include the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, a blind-spot information system and a rear camera.
The engine is an all-aluminium VTEC V6 coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The production ZDX goes onto dealership floors this fall/ autumn in the US.