Acura ZDX Prototype Makes Debut at New York International Auto Show



    Provocative Four-Door Sports Coupe to Be Built in Canada

    NEW YORK, April 8 /CNW/ - A prototype of the provocative Acura ZDX luxury
four-door sports coupe made its world debut today at the New York
International Auto Show. The new ZDX features stunning coupe-like styling with
the added benefit of a commanding presence and flexible utility. The
production version of the dramatically styled prototype will be built at the
Honda of Canada Mfg. vehicle assembly facility in Alliston, Ontario. The 2010
Acura ZDX will go on sale this fall.
    "The new Acura ZDX is designed to be a luxury performance coupe, plus,"
said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc. "The dynamic
coupe styling combined with a luxurious and dramatic interior and surprising
versatility, will allow the ZDX to define its own segment and attract a new
customer to the Acura brand."
    The ZDX is designed to break new ground for Acura in the areas of
provocative styling, contemporary luxury and meticulous refinement. With its
sensuous curves, sharply raked roofline and bold fender flares, the ZDX
deliberately blurs the distinction between coupe, sedan and sport utility
vehicle. Clean, flowing lines start from the headlights and run the length of
the vehicle, accentuating its presence and grace.
    In keeping with the coupe-inspired styling, the rear door handles are
cleverly concealed in the C-pillar. The all-glass tailgate opens wide to
reveal a highly functional cargo space with integrated under-floor storage.
The prototype is finished off with stylish dual chrome exhaust outlets and 
9-spoke machined wheels fitted with 20-inch performance-rated Michelin tires.
    "From the very first sketch of the ZDX, I wanted to create an emotional
vehicle that challenged conventional thinking of what a sports coupe should
be," said Michelle Christensen, ZDX exterior designer. "My goal was to create
a strikingly beautiful exterior, and use that attraction to help draw you into
the rich interior."
    Inside, the ZDX exudes modern luxury while focusing on pampering the
front passengers. The cabin is enveloped in leather, which gives the interior
a luxurious and inviting feel. The hand-stitched leather dash and instrument
panel sweep down to form a dual cockpit layout, creating a personal and
intimate experience for the front seat occupants.
    Premium leather seats are highly bolstered to support the passengers
during sporty driving and at the same time provide comfort during a long
getaway. A black monochromatic centre stack leads to the textured metallic
centre console, which complements the black and pearl white leather trim.
    The thick leather-wrapped steering wheel provides ample grip and is
framed by paddle shifters for enhanced driver control. The cabin is enclosed
by a panoramic glass roof which runs the entire length of the vehicle,
providing occupants with a view of the world around them.
    The Canadian-built production ZDX will bring a new level of prestige and
sophistication when it arrives at Acura dealerships in the fall, offering the
latest advancements in performance, technology and safety. The ZDX is designed
to deliver sports sedan performance on the road with its powerful V-6 engine
mated to an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission. The potent powertrain will
be coupled with Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM)
(SH-AWD(R)) system, providing the ZDX with outstanding handling and cornering
capabilities in all weather and road conditions.
    The new ZDX will be available with the latest in customer-enhancing
technologies and advanced safety features, including a new multi-view rear
camera that makes parking even easier with the added enhancement of both a
wide angle and top-down view. Acura signature technologies such as Acura
Navigation System with Bilingual Voice Recognition(TM), Acura/ELS Surround(R)
premium audio system, and Bluetooth(R) connectivity will also be available on
the all-new model.
    Acura ZDX represents the next step for Acura in its advancement to
becoming one of the top luxury brands in North America. It is intended to make
a clear statement toward the future of the brand.

    
    ZDX Prototype Dimensions:
    -------------------------

    Length:         4887 mm (192.4")

    Width:          1994 mm (78.5")

    Height:         1570 mm (61.8")

    Wheelbase:      2748 mm (108.2")

    Wheel/tire:     9-spoke custom alloy wheels with Michelin Latitude HP
                    275/40ZR20 tires

    Engine:         All-aluminum VTEC(R) V-6

    Transmission:   All-new 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential
                    SportShift and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM)
                    (SH-AWD(R))

    Seating:        5
    

    Additional details about the new Acura ZDX will be available later this
summer. Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. Six
distinct vehicles (CSX, TSX, RDX, TL, RL and MDX) are marketed under the Acura
brand. Both the Acura CSX and MDX are produced at the Honda of Canada Mfg.
facility in Alliston, Ontario.

    
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