Acura considering a compact crossover for the US market

Article by Christian A., on January 16, 2014

As you may know already, Honda will introduce the Vezel a.k.a. Fit-based utility vehicle in the United States later this year but it appears that Acura wants one too. A concept version of the upcoming vehicle was already shown in the form of the Acura SUV-X Concept.

Still, Honda said that the SUV-X is a global concept and will target the Chinese market as Acura will start local production and sales in China by 2016.

Asked if the Acura compact crossover could debut in North America, Honda spokesman Yuka Abe said that the carmaker is currently deciding what markets outside China will get it.

The new Acura SUV-X could be slotted below the RDS, which is currently company’s entry crossover and is based on the CR-V. Acura aims to take on small utility vehicles such as the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.

By releasing the Q3, Audi is showing that it will be entering a new market segment. This premium SUV has a compact-class shape and is not only athletic but also versatile and efficient. This is a car that customers will recognize is comfortable not only on the road but also off-road. No matter where you look at it, the Q3 reveals the brand’s technology.

This can be the drivetrain, the chassis, and body. The same can be said for the multi-media and assistance systems. In fact, a number of solutions implemented on the Q3 are sourced directly from the luxury class. Audi disclosed that the Q3 has been designed to be instantly recognized as the youngest member of what can be described as a large family. Its athletic quality is expressed by the coupe-like lines. Meanwhile the arched sheet metal surfaces are elegantly framed by the sharp edges. The unique lights are able to highlight the front section and the rear end.

Offered as an option are the wedge-shaped headlights which come with the xenon plus units as well as daytime running lights that use LED. There are also combined with the vehicle’s LED tail lights. The rather flat D-pillars and the low roof line that drops in an early manner help put focus on the dynamics of this new model. There are add-on parts offered in different variants.

Customers for example can decide from body color, anthracite, and black. Two exterior packages are offered as choices as well. Though it will become available at a later time, the Q3’s base version is expected to weigh around 3,186 lbs. (1,445 kg). The occupant cell is quiet, safe, and rigid. It even integrates various ultra-high-strength steels. Looking at the engine hood, it is clear that it is composed of aluminum and so is the tailgate.

As part of the Q models, the undivided tail lights have been integrated to the tailgate, which itself clearly wraps around the model’s pillars. Coefficient of drag is rather low and is measured at 0.32. Overall length is 14.40 feet (4.39 meters), with total width of 6.00 feet (1.83 meters) and a height of 5.22 feet (1.59 meters).

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