For the Chinese market, Honda and Acura have prepared a series of new production and concept cars, such as a people mover, a sedan, and two crossovers. Their stands at Auto Shanghai 2013 will also display two new concepts. From the teasers, it’s obvious that the Honda concept is longer than the Acura, implying that this may be a seven-seater.
The tall daylight opening of the crossover arrives at a point right in front of the slanting D-pillar and trunklid with wraparound taillight and lengthened deck spoiler, similar to the 2014 Infiniti QX60. The Acura concept has the same measurements as a compact crossover, making it appear a lot like a CR-V or RDX for the future.
It also gets a trapezoidal daylight opening (evocative of the MDX) and LED taillights that could extend as far up as the rear hatch. It’s not easy to guess what the introduction of these cars mean exactly. The order books are already open for the Odyssey minivan (Chinese buyers get the Japanese-market one) and RDX/CR-V crossovers, which likely rules them out.
However, it’s possible that these concepts offer a preview of the next-generation versions of any of these models. Honda is also expected to display a near-production model based on the Concept C and Concept S cars seen last year.
The Concept C offered us a glimpse of a “middle-class sedan,” while the Concept S is a preview of “a new-value mover,” which is likely to be a popular model that is positioned below the Odyssey in price and/or size. Chinese dealerships will be getting the final production cars this year. Acura’s lineup for China has also been expanded. It will show off the MDX, RDX, ILX, TL, and TSX at Auto Shanghai 2013 but it will also be displaying the latest NSX concept car as well as the RLX (which will be making its Chinese debut).