Some recent patent drawing awarded to Acura by the United States shows what looks like the 2018 Acura CDX, which is only sold in China.
Anytime something is sold in another country that’s not the United States, there’s a tiny outcry from some American buyers that they should get it too. In the case of the China market only Acura CDX, some Americans might get their chance to put their money where their mouth is. According to The Truth About Cars on their exclusive report on this subcompact SUV they posted earlier this week (Dec. 13, 2017) Acura might seriously be considering making their SUV lineup one bigger by bringing over this Honda HR-V in a tuxedo to American shores. Check out the patent drawings for yourself below!
— Bozi Tatarevic (@hoonable) December 12, 2017
Acura’s CDX is built and sold by Acura of China for China. Whereas Acura has struggled in the United States with their best selling model being the slightly larger Acura RDX, Acura has found some success overseas in Asian markets. Behind the United States and Canada, China is Acura’s third largest market.
According to Auto News, Acura managed to push just 10,000 units of their CDX, RDX, MDX including TLX and NSX last year. If they could push the CDX in China, why not in the United States? Back in April of this year, Acura’s VP John Ikeda already stated they’d think about bringing the CDX into America.
“It’s a model that interests a lot of our people, so we have our R&D guys looking into the possibility,” Jon Ikeda, group vice president-Acura U.S., tells WardsAuto here during an ’18 TLX media event.
The truth of the matter is that small crossovers are hot and show no signs of slowing in popularity all thanks to cheap oil and Americans preference for larger vehicles.
TTAC was also astute to point out that Lexus is on the warpath with its own small premium crossover SUV dubbed the UX concept.
Right now, the CDX is powered by Honda’s L15B9 which also finds its home in America’s best selling mid-sized car, the 10th generation Honda Civic (Joking! but no, really) In the CDX, they’ve bumped the power slightly to 179 HP and 177 lb-ft. Power is routed through an 8-speed automatic.
The CDX is a handsome little CUV and honestly should sell well in the United States. It would behoove Acura to get this thing in line with our countries regulations and onto dealer lots as soon as possible.