Crossover will launch and be sold in China.
The Acura Precision concept shown at the 2016 Detroit auto show is a preview of the brands future design. And according to the automaker, the first Acura model to get Precision-influenced styling will be the upcoming compact crossover slated to launch in China later this year.
In an interview with journalists at the Detroit auto show Acura’s global creative director Dave Marek said the new crossover will make an appearance at this year’s Beijing Motor Show this April with “some of the styling cues” from the Precision concept. “I want to roll this theme out as soon as we can,” Marek said.
Acura last hinted at a compact crossover at the 2013 Shanghai auto show when it showed off the Concept SUV-X (pictured above), saying that a production version would be ready by 2016 The automaker says the new crossover will only be built and sold in China. That said, Acura could eventually bring it stateside to compete with the growing segment that currently includes the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, and upcoming Infiniti QX30.
Not much else is known about the new crossover. Previous rumors suggested it will be based on the Honda HR-V ‘s platform and would slot below the RDX.
Marek didn’t specify which of the Precision’s styling elements would trickle down to future products. One of the concept’s notable features is its grille, which is somewhat of a big departure from Acura’s signature shield (also referred to as the “beak”) grille. Other styling elements included “constellation” accent lighting in the headlights and an interior with numerous infotainment screens.
Despite the Precision concept’s long dash-to-axle ratio, Acura didn’t specify any powertrains or drive layout. “I was really careful to not overpromise rear-wheel drive,” Marek said. For now, the Precision is only a design study meant to preview Acura’s future styling language.