2013 Acura SUV-X Concept Ditches the Shield Grille, Thankfully

In the mid-2000's, Acura had a wonderful stable of sedans and crossovers, and was poised to take a run at Lexus for the Japanese luxury throne. Then, they went and blew it all to hell with one little grille. It started on the 2009 Acura TL, and was met with general distain from the automotive community. Rather than heed the criticism, Acura went ahead and added the repugnant design feature to most of its lineup. Finally, it appears that there is hope that we are leaving the shield-grille era for the Japanese automaker, in the form of the 2013 Acura SUV-X Concept. Debuting at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, this debut marks the first vehicle unveiling outside of North America. If you recall, many Acura models are merely Honda models in the Japanese Domestic Market, but created to sell premium vehicles in the North American market in 1986. Acura eventually spread to China in 2006, and this concept was unvieled, along with a Chinese version of the new RLX. Little information or specs were given on the SUV-X concept, but the most telling update is in the photos, where you see the shield grille that is broken up and turned into more of a "wing grille" (BoldRide wants a residual if this term becomes popular). We cannot wait to see this grille on other models, and the imminent end of the shield grille era! PHOTOS: See more of the 2013 Acura SUV-X Concept