Acura to drop the ZDX from its portfolio after the 2013 model year

Article by Christian A., on October 11, 2012

Acura ZDX crossover had only been available in the market for less than four years but it would be dropped from the brand’s portfolio after the 2013 model year. Acura had confirmed the discontinuation of the ZDX. It also announced a few minimal modifications to the controversial crossover for the 2013 model year. The ZDX was stripped of its clunky, beak-like grille. Instead, stylists gave it a more slender shape in line with what’s used on the new ILX, RDX, and revised TL sedan.

Slight revisions were made to the front and rear bumpers. The interior also gets sports new trim finish and an optional “high-contrast” color scheme. The new ZDX has an amended price/ content structure.

The 2012 model is available in three grades and has a starting price of $47,015 (including destination). Meanwhile, the 2013 ZDX is offered in just one guise and has a base price of $51,815. It is still powered by a 3.7-liter V-6, which is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission and Acura’s signature torque-vectoring SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system.

This may be a price increase but the value has also improved. What are offered as standard equipment are items previously seen on the Technology and Advanced Packages such as perforated Milano leather seating, navigation, a Panasonic ELS surround sound audio system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning systems. The 2012 ZDX increased its sticker price to $57,565, which makes the 2013 ZDX about $6000 more affordable than a 2012 model with similar features.

In designing the exterior of the new Acura ZDX, designers aimed to combine the emotional appeal of a sports coupe, an all-season ability and good ground clearance. To lend the ZDX with bold and dynamic looks, the design team decided to give the ZDX a distinct wide fender design as well as an aerodynamic cabin, with a panoramic glass roof giving occupants a sense of freedom even while inside the vehicle.

The panoramic glass roof of the ZDX is considered as the longest in the automotive market, thanks to a unique design of the moonroof and the surrounding glass structure. This glass roof extends from leading edge of the windshield to the trailing edge of the tailgate glass, thereby providing a panoramic view of the surroundings. The moonroof – located on the front section of the glass roof – is designed to open up by tilting, then sliding up and back on the exterior portion. This opening design means that the maximum interior headroom could still be preserved while cabin greenhouse retains its "sports coupe" design.

Designers also provided a fixed glass panel over the rear cabin to make the interior brighter than usual. However, occupants could adjust the amount of sunlight entering the cabin thanks to motorized dual sunshades that could cover both front and rear glass panels. In addition, occupants now experience a quieter cabin thanks to new mesh fabric pop-up air deflector that better ward off wind noise than a conventional blade-type wind deflector.

Meanwhile, the ZDX offers a generous rear cargo room, with a total of 26.3 cubic feet of available cargo space. Rear cargo area -- lined with premium loop-style carpet – features a concealed 2.2 cubic-feet cargo bin located behind the floor. In addition, the new ZDX offers concealed storage areas in the sidewalls in the cargo compartment, just behind the removable side panels.

Press Release

2013 Acura ZDX Luxury Crossover To Get Numerous Enhancements in its Final Model Year

The innovative and stylish Acura ZDX crossover vehicle, introduced in 2009, will receive numerous styling and technology enhancements for the 2013 model year, which will be the final year on the market for ZDX as the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core products, the company announced today.

The 2013 ZDX will receive several new features, including a redesigned front grille, front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors and safety features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The 2013 Acura ZDX will go on sale October 19, 2012, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $50,920*.

"People shopping for a luxury crossover vehicle will find the Acura ZDX an even more attractive product," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. "Moving forward, we will continue to advance the Acura lineup with a focus on new core models, like the recently redesigned RDX and the upcoming all-new RLX flagship sedan, that provide the ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency that is right for each product and a driving experience that is dynamic and emotional."

The ZDX is built in the same Alliston, Ontario plant as the Acura MDX, which shares the platform with ZDX. As a result, ZDX production will be discontinued in conjunction with the transfer of the popular MDX to the company's Lincoln, Alabama plant in early 2013 (as previously announced).

For 2013, the Acura ZDX will be sold as a single, valued-added package offering clients greater value on a luxury scale. Robust features now standard on the 2013 ZDX include the 435-watt Acura/ELS Surround® 10-speaker audio system with 15 GB hard disk drive (HDD) memory, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, 8-inch high-resolution VGA display, multi-view rear view camera, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface, ventilated and heated front seats with perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces, Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition) and dual-zone automatic climate control system.

The ZDX will receive several new exterior features for 2013, such as a redesigned front grille, front and rear bumpers with integrated parking sensors, power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors and a dark accent on the wheels for a sportier finish. The interior receives a new trim finish on the center console and a high contrast interior option.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) are two new safety features for the 2013 ZDX. The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system can detect vehicles ahead of the ZDX. If the FCW system determines that a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to encourage avoidance actions. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses a camera mounted between the windshield and the rear-view mirror to detect lane lines on the road. If the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane without using the turn indicator, the system will provide the driver with visual and audible alerts.

The 2013 ZDX is equipped with an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V-6 engine that develops 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Performance is further enhanced by the ZDX's Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission that is designed to satisfy the most discerning enthusiast drivers. The 2013 ZDX EPA city/highway/combined fuel mileage is rated at 16/23/19 mpg**.

For customers seeking a great balance of utility and performance Acura will continue to offer vehicles in the luxury crossover space with the 5-passenger RDX and the TSX Sport Wagon. Acura also will continue to provide ZDX customers with a high-level of service and parts support throughout the life of their vehicles.

U.S. sales of Acura models increased 43.5 percent in September and rose nearly 30 percent to 115,773 units for the first nine-months of 2012, the Acura brand's best nine-month sales results since 2008. The Acura TL sedan, along with the MDX, RDX and TSX Sport Wagon crossover vehicles, have each posted double-digit gains for the year to date, including an 85.7-percent rise in sales of the redesigned RDX and a 25.2-percent gain for the TSX Sport Wagon. The all-new Acura ILX continues to gain momentum, posting its fifth consecutive monthly increase on September sales of 1,737 units.

Acura will debut its all-new 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan on November 28, 2012, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The new Acura flagship sedan will employ an array of new technologies unique to Acura, including the Precision All Wheel Steer™ system, the next-generation AcuraLink® Communication System, and the all-new Jewel Eye™ LED headlamps to deliver an entirely new level of performance, sophistication and comfort.

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