Acura CDX, the First Chinese-Built Model from This Brand, Launched in Beijing

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Acura has designed a compact SUV for the Chinese market, called CDX, and unveiled it at this year's Beijing Auto Show.
The new SUV from the Japanese brand is inspired by the Acura Precision Concept, and features the latest technologies and styling trends from Honda’s premium division.

The CDX comes with a brawny profile and aggressive lines. Naturally, the CDX was designed before the Precision Concept, as the latter was revealed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, and the CDX’s development was completed by then.

The two models share the company’s promise of “Precision Crafted Performance,” but the CDX wants to deliver it in the form of an SUV, while the concept was just an exhibit to showcase the broad outlines which will be shown on future models of the brand.

Acura’s CDX comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and that’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine delivers 182 HP and 240 Nm (177 lb-Ft) of torque. The new SUV is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.

The car has an attractive design, which lost the company’s signature beak. We expect future models to follow this trend, which started with the facelifted MDX.

Concerning size, the CDX has a length of 176.9 inches (4,495 mm), a width of 72.4 inches (1,840 mm), and a height of 63 inches (1,600 mm). The wheelbase of this SUV is of 104.7 inches (2,660 mm). Its size puts it between the HR-V and the CR-V from the Honda range.

The CDX is the first ever Acura to be built in China, marking two premieres at the same time. Acura is also celebrating a decade of presence on the Chinese market, so the association with their local partners was a great opportunity to launch a new model.

The local manufacturing facility for the Acura CDX is the ZengCheng Plant in Guangzhou City, and it is operated by Guangqui Honda Automobile Company. Sales of the CDX commence in July 2016.
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