Sunday, 19 January 2014
Acura Concept SUV-X arrives in Shanghai
According to a recent report, Acura is considering an entry-level crossover which could be based on the Honda Fit.
Details are limited but speculation suggests the company could offer the production version of the SUV-X concept in North America. The model was designed primarily for China but Honda spokeswoman Yuka Abe told Al Ain Japan the company is considering additional markets for the vehicle.
The Japanese marque announced at the beginning of the month a new concept for the Chinese auto show and we assumed it was a crossover. We were right as the Concept SUV-X is a small SUV which was designed specifically for the local market. It represents Acura's first ever concept to be unveiled outside of North America.
It has been confirmed a production version will go on sale in China in approximately three years from now. The concept is being characterized as offering "emotional and sharp styling and driving performance" along with "environmental performance" and the utility you normally get in an SUV. Unfortunately, Acura did not release any details about what powers the Concept SUV-X but most likely some form of hybrid tech is included.
Honda Vezel powertrain chief engineer Naohisa Morishita went one step further and told the publication "There is a market for it worldwide, not just in China." He went on to say "Personally, I think Acura needs it."
It remains unclear when the model could arrive but the production version of the SUV-X concept is slated to go on sale in China in 2016.
Source: Al Ain Japan