For its part, Honda delivered on that promise with the angry-looking 2013 Concept M MPV. Meanwhile, Acura unveiled its own concept, the SUV-X, and just like Honda’s Concept M, this one should have a future production model.
And by future, we mean “right now.”
The concept itself was designed to highlight the Japanese automaker’s emotional and sharp styling with driving performance, all while adhering to an environmental approach. The result is the SUV-X Concept, which combines all of that and wraps them all up in a body that looks downright stunning.
Acura has never had a reputation for building cars with cutting edge designs. But its recent offerings like the new 2013 NSX Concept and this one does paint a clear picture that the Japanese automaker is entering a new phase in its design philosophy.
Hopefully, the SUV-X Concept is one of the first in a long line of future models that adheres to this new edginess.
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While no information was given about the SUV-X Concept, it’s worth noting that the concept looks pretty incredible, relative to what the automaker has produced in the past. The SUV-X even has design touches of Acura’s other concept, the NSX, particularly the horizontally arranged, slit-like LED headlight configuration. It’s also positioned a little higher than usual, almost too high, really. A swooping contoured design just below the lights does its job of creating a visual illusion of making the headlights look bigger so it all falls into place. The front bumper also houses what looks to be enormous air intakes with fog lights and wrapped in chrome details.
The rear end of the SUV-X Concept isn’t as ostentatious looking as the front, but you can tell that its design is also wide right (or left) of what Acura has become accustomed to.
The interior of the SUV-X Concept wasn’t shown nor did it have any information on what we can expect. Having said that, the concept’s overall characterization as an SUV probably has a lot to do with what the interior of the concept is going to look like.
Expect at least a five-seat configuration with plenty of leather and maybe even some touches of Alcantara. An infotainment system is also likely to be part of the package.
Acura didn’t release any details about the SUV-X, including the kind of powertrain it will carry. We can speculate that something along the lines of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces a shade below 300 horsepower is well suited for the concept model. If Acura goes the route of giving the SUV-X this engine, you can also expect it to be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and be capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph.
No word on pricing and until Acura gives us the production model of the SUV-X, our guess on a price is as good as yours.
If the Acura SUV-X does have a production future as a Chinese market model, we expect it to be a competitive option in what is becoming a highly competitive market, one that could include the likes of the Honda Urban SUV Concept in the coming future.
Gallery Honda Urban SUV Concept
It would’ve been really nice if Acura revealed more details about the SUV-X Concept. But given what we saw, we love the look of this prototype model so much we’re bummed out that any future model will only be sold in China.
- Awesome exterior styling, particularly the front
- A step out of Acura’s typical design shell
- Just a concept
- If released, it will only see time in China
- Why so secretive about potential drivetrains?
Gallery Acura Concept SUV-X
The Acura Concept SUV-X is a global concept vehicle for a small SUV developing primarily for the Chinese market. This is the first time for Acura to introduce the world premiere of a concept model outside of North America. Emotional and sharp styling and driving performance, together with the environmental performance of a small vehicle and excellent utility of an SUV are all fused together at a high level in this vehicle. Acura is planning to begin local production and sales in China of a mass-production model based on this concept vehicle for its market in about next three years.