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Acura ZDX returns as all-electric SUV

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Remember that weird egg-shaped vehicle from Acura that only lasted three model years because of poor sales? You know, the ZDX? Based on the Honda Crosstour? No? Well, maybe that’s for the best because Acura is bringing the nameplate back for 2024, and we hope it can get a clean slate as Acura’s first all-electric vehicle.

While details are scare – we don’t even have a teaser image – there are few things we know about the 2024 Acura ZDX, so here it goes.

It’ll get an Ultium battery

The Acura ZDX is being built in partnership with General Motors, so it’ll get the same Ultium battery we see in vehicles like the GMC Hummer EV. Acura says it will launch additional vehicles after 2026 on its own e:Architecture platform, and there is no word on whether those are also Ultium based or completely different.

Designed in LA

The original ZDX was the first vehicle designed in the Acura Design Studio, which opened in Los Angeles in 2007. This model will be designed there as well.

Type S coming

Just because Acura is going electric doesn’t mean it’s giving up on the sport performance aspects of the brand. So, the ZDX will get a Type S variant. Again, we have zero details here, but if the MDX Type S is anything to go by, it’ll get adaptive air suspension, Brembo brakes, a top-tier sound system, massaging front seats, lux-level amenities and a lot of horsepower.

Acura ZDX

Acura Precision EV Concept (Image courtesy of American Honda Motor Co.)

Precision design

Acura said ZDX will be the first model featuring many of the design themes revealed by the mesmerizing Precision EV Concept. While I don’t think the ZDX will be an exact replica, I think it’ll be fairly close on the exterior – which means no egg shape. So, I think we’ll see a similar profile and lighting signatures, but the roofline and hoodline will probably be tweaked a bit.

But if Acura stays even remotely close to the design of the concept, the ZDX is going to be a sexy beast.

The bottom line on the Acura ZDX

With the exception of the original ZDX, I’ve always been a huge fan of Acura design. And the turn the brand has taken lately is H-O-T – both inside and out. We just need to have a small conversation about the True Touchpad Interface (#nothot).

Regardless, can’t wait to see the Acura ZDX IRL.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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