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Previewed at the 2009 New York Auto Show as a prototype, the 2010 ZDX is entering the auto market as a main competitor for the BMW BMW X6. It features dramatic styling, outstanding performance and the latest in advanced technology. Sales will begin this winter and the ZDX will be offered in three distinct trim levels: the base ZDX, ZDX with the Technology Package and the top of the line ZDX with the Advanced Package. However prices have yet to be officially announced and are expected to be reveled sometime in the near future.

Acura ZDX

Under the hood, Acura will use a 3.7 Liter V6 that will put out 300 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque and will be mated to an all new 6 speed automatic transmission.

Designed to merge the emotional appeal of a sports coupe and all-season, all-surface versatility, the all-new ZDX breaks new barriers for Acura and for the luxury market. Its "Passionate Getaway" design honors the driver and passenger first, while also providing an impeccably finished luggage storage area that bests that of most luxury sedans. The rear seat area, with its abbreviated doors and door handles creatively integrated into the C-pillar, accommodates three additional passengers as required for occasional trips. But overall, the ZDX targets its mission as a 2-passenger personal escape vehicle with unmistakable Acura style.

Acura ZDX

The ZDX will be offered with a host of creature comforts and technological innovations, like: the panoramic glass roof with retractable sunshade, hand crafted leather interior, HandsFreeLink Bluetooth connectivity for cellular telephones, a power lift tailgate as well as a high powered stereo system that will play everything from CDs and iPods to AM/FM/XM radio signals, all standard.

Press release after the jump.

The Acura TL is entering the 2010 model year with new standard equipments and exterior colors, but also with the addition of a 6-speed manual transmission - the first time Acura is offering a manual gearbox on a Super Handling All-Wheel Drive model. Prices for the 2010 TL range from $35,105 and $43,385.

Acura TL

For 2010, two distinct versions of Acura’s performance luxury sedan will be offered: a luxurious 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering a total of 280 hp, front-wheel drive TL, and a powerful 3.7-liter V-6 engine with 305 hp TL paired with Acura’s exclusive SH-AWD. Each model is available with an available technology package which adds navigation, extensive electronics and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system.

Acura TL

In addition to the powertrain and technology choices, TL buyers can further customize their performance luxury sedan with tire and wheel upgrades. For 2010, the standard TL is now available with an 18-inch diameter aluminum wheels with all-season tires- giving the TL a more aggressive, sporty appearance. Additionally, the TL SH-AWD (both manual and automatic transmission models) is available with a 19x8-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheel with summer spec high performance tires to further add to the sedans performance capabilities.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

Already in its second generation model, the TSX is entering the 2010 model year with major enhancements - including an available V-6 engine. With prices ranging from $29,310 for the TSX, or $32,410 for the TSX with Technology Package, the TSX competes with vehicles such as the A4 2.0T, 328i, IS 250 and C300. The TSX V6 with a price of $34,850, or $37,950 for the TSX V-6 with Technology Package is targeting models like Audi A4 3.2, BMW 335i, and Lexus IS 350.

Acura TSX

For 2010, customers will can choose from two different engines: a 3.5L SOHC V-6 that develops 280 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque or a 2,4 liter four-cylinder engine that develops a total of 201 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The four-cylinder engine have a choice of two transmission styles as standard equipment - a 6-speed close-ratio manual or a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic, while the V6 features a sophisticated Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission that can be operated manually via steering wheel mounted racing inspired paddle shifters.

Acura TSX

The 2010 TSX features a wide and muscular body which translates into outstanding handling and performance. The wide body (72.4 inches), long wheelbase (106.4 inches) and overall length (185.6 inches) give the TSX excellent ride quality and ample interior space for passengers. The TSX uses Showa dual-mode suspension dampers, which provide superior suspension damping characteristics at both lower and higher damper speeds. The TSX employs Electric Power Steering (EPS) that delivers precise input during performance driving.

Press release after the jump.

The Acura RL luxury sedan is entering the 2010 model year with bold looks, a powerful V-6 engine and Acura’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. The car is now on sales with prices starting from $46,830 for the RL, $50,450 for the RL with Technology Package and $54,250 for the RL with Technology and CMBS / ACC Packages.

Acura RL

For 2010 the RL will be offered in three variations: RL, RL with Technology Package and RL with Technology Package Plus CMBS. All versions will be powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that develops 300 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque thanks to an innovative VTEC valvetrain system for both the intake and exhaust valves.

Acura RL

The available Technology Package includes the satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather, rear view back-up camera, Active Front Lighting System (AFS), ventilated front seats, and a simulated wood accented steering wheel and shift knob. The top RL package is the Technology Package with CMBS which adds Acura’s acclaimed Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and genuine maple wood instrument panel trim.

Full details in the press release.

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Speaking of ambitious car building efforts, when a team decides to go racing there is almost nothing that can sand in their way, not even having to build a complete race car from scratch. When Patrón Highcroft racing driver Scott Sharp totaled his Acura ARX-02a LMP1 car heading into turn 3 during a practice session for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the fun loving tequila drinking team was faced with that very task. After making sure that Sharp was still on point and stripping the wrecked Acura for whatever was still race worthy, all that the Acura racing team could do was wait.

The brand new carbon fiber tub arrived directly from Honda’s Performance Development center in California at the racetrack in Atlanta, Georgia at 9:30 AM on Friday morning and after 15 and a half hours of non stop wrenching, the ARX-02a’s 4.0 Liter V8 was fired at around 1:00 AM the next day. About six hours later the Acura took the shape of an LMP car and was on the track and race ready by 9:45 AM Saturday morning. It might have been a tall order, but remember what we said about how nothing can keep a racing team from competing.

Crash video after the jump.

Acura’s largest SUV is entering the 2010 model year with a new front and rear fascia, redesigned suspension and a new six-speed automatic transmission. The 2010 MDX will go on sale in September.

Acura MDX

The 2010 MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total output of 300 hp and 270 lbs-ft of torque. Compared to the 2009 model, the new MDX has a fuel consumption of 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, a 1 mpg improvement. The engine is mated to a new sequential shift six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2010 MDX exterior gets a fresh new look as a result of Acura’s signature design front grille, a new front fascia, revised hood, new side sills, a new rear fascia matched with rolled edge polished stainless-steel exhaust finishers, revised taillights with brighter LED lights, many new trim pieces and available 19-inch diameter 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels.

Acura MDX

Inside, the 2010 MDX benefits from the expanded use of Milano leather, a new thicker sport steering wheel with racing-inspired paddle shifters, new gauges, easier to understand button placement for center stack functions, available ventilated front seats and upgraded interior trim.

The 2010 MDX will go on sale on December 11. Prices will start at $42,230 for the MDX version and will go up to $53,755 for the MDX Advance & Entertainment Packages. There will be five different levels available in five trim packages including: the well-equipped MDX ($42,230); MDX with Technology Package ($45,905); MDX with Technology and Entertainment Packages ($47,805); MDX with Advance Package ($51,855); and MDX with Advance and Entertainment Packages ($53,755).

Press release after the jump.

First launched in 2007, the 2010 Acura RDX comes with a fresh new look, a new drivetrain choice, better fuel economy (2WD), numerous interior and convenience upgrades, as well as a significantly lower base price. The car has big competitor on the market: Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infinity EX35, Mercedes GLK350 and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Acura RDX

The 2010 RDX is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter DOHC, 16-valve, i-VTEC inline-four engine that delivers 240 hp at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. It has a fuel consumption of 19/24 mpg (2WD); 17/22 mpg (SH-AWD).

For 2010, the RDX exterior has a fresh look thanks to new 18-inch diameter aluminum wheels, bold new front and rear bumper fascias, Acura’s signature front grille, revised headlights and taillights, new exhaust tips and satin trim accents.

Acura RDX

On the interior comes with contemporary styling and high-quality materials are confident, functional and upscale. The driver-oriented cockpit includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination and a Multi-Information Display (MID) that allows access to multiple electronic functions.

Press release after the jump.

For 2009, the MDX’s power rear tailgate feature is standard equipment with the Technology and Sport packages - previously the power rear tailgate was only available on the Entertainment Package. Additionally, the AcuraLink real-time traffic system includes an additional metropolitan market (Dayton, Ohio) and the MDX is offered in two new exterior colors- Bali Blue Pearl and Mocha Metallic.

Acura MDX

The 2009 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 6,000 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Acura MDX

The price for the 2009 MDX is: MDX, $40,790; MDX with Technology Package, $44,840; MDX with Technology Package and Entertainment Package, $46,590; MDX with Sport Package, $46,940; and MDX with Sport and Entertainment Packages, $48,690.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

Acura released details about the 2009 RDX turbocharged crossover vehicle. For 2009, the RDX now comes standard with a 4-way adjustable power-activated passenger front seat along with four new exterior colors: Basque Red Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Grigio Metallic and Palladium Metallic. In addition, AcuraLink Real-time traffic system includes coverage for yet another major metropolitan area—bringing the total to 77 areas.

Acura RDX

The RDX is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve in-line four-cylinder engine that delivers 240 horsepower at 6000 rpm with 260 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. The RDX has an EPA fuel economy rating of 17/22 mpg (city/highway). The engine is mated by a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift.

Acura RDX

For 2009, a 4-way adjustable power front seat is standard for the front passenger. The 3-passenger rear seat has a 60/40 split-folding capability and, when folded flat, significantly expands the load area and increases the total cargo volume to 60.6 cubic feet.

Acura announced that the 2009 RDX will be available in two versions: the generously appointed RDX and the fully-featured RDX with Technology Package. MSRP pricing for the RDX is $33,695 and the RDX with Technology Package is $36,995.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

Acura unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show the 2009 RL, a new generation featuring bold, sleek exterior styling, an upgraded interior, advanced technologies and powerful new engine.

Acura RL

The 2009 RL will be powered by a a new, larger 3.7-liter V-6 that incorporates the first ever SOHC use of VTEC valvetrain actuation for both the intake and exhaust valves. The engine develops 300 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a new version of the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission.

The RL will be offered in three different trim levels including RL, RL with Technology Package and RL with Technology Package Plus CMBS™. All RL’s receive a potent new 3.7-liter V-6 engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, a Bose Surround Sound audio system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity and a GPS-based solar-sensing climate control system.

Acura RL

The 2009 RL’s new exterior styling is not only more aggressive, but delivers excellent aerodynamics and reduced rear lift at higher speeds. The RL’s more athletic style foreshadows the power concealed by the new power plenum front grille and blow-formed aluminum hood. The RL’s shape is taut and athletic, and its acceleration and cornering performance allow it to challenge the most capable German and Japanese sports sedans.

Press release after the jump.


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