2010 Acura ZDX: Look Kidz, Another Crossover

If you like fugly-monster styling and expensive uber-niche crossovers, you'll be excited to hear the 2010 Acura ZDX has gotten details to go along with this lot of production intent images. Be afraid.

Congratulations Acura, you've built a weird looking competitor for the questionably necessary BMW X6 and will be pricing it between the $40,990 MDX and $46,830 RL. Pats on the back and huzzahs all around. The ZDX continues the use of Acura's unpleasant schnoz and pastes it on the sedan-UV body, gives it a 3.7 liter V6 good for 300 HP and mates it to a six speed automatic transmission. We were going to pretend to be neutral on this, but it's not possible, it's ghastly. If you should want to find out all the details, check the presser below.

Illustration for article titled 2010 Acura ZDX: Look Kidz, Another Crossover
Illustration for article titled 2010 Acura ZDX: Look Kidz, Another Crossover

All-New 2010 Acura ZDX Four-Door Sports Coupe Will Feature Dramatic Styling, Outstanding Performance and Advanced Technology

The all-new provocative 2010 ZDX four-door sports coupe will arrive at Acura dealerships with dramatic styling, outstanding performance and the latest in advanced technology. The segment bending ZDX features stunning coupe-like styling with the added benefit of a commanding presence and flexible utility. Staying true to the prototype model that debuted at the 2009 New York Auto Show in April, the production ZDX will feature the key design highlights of a panoramic glass roof, hidden rear door handles and bold fender flares.

Along with head-turning styling, the ZDX will boast outstanding performance from its 3.7-liter V-6 engine mated to an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission. The 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 all-aluminum engine will generate 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque for immediate acceleration response, outstanding low- and mid-range torque and superior high-rpm power. The 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters gives the ZDX excellent acceleration while also enhancing fuel economy. Standard on the ZDX is Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. The SH-AWD® system expands the ZDX's appeal by providing outstanding handling as well as superior all-season capability. Standard on the ZDX are 19-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels; the largest standard wheel in the Acura lineup.

Inside, the ZDX exhibits the highest levels of refinement and sophistication. Every ZDX interior will feature a hand-stitched leather dash, panels and sculpted center console. The rich leather appointments give the ZDX a warm and inviting feeling while creating an intimate cockpit for the driver and passenger.

The ZDX's flexible utility enables customers to have great utility coupled with sleek styling. The ZDX can seat up to five adults while maintaining a generous amount of cargo space behind the second row of seats. The cargo area can also be expanded to accommodate longer objects, such as golf bags, by removing side panels in the cargo-compartment sidewalls. As an added bonus, there is an integrated under-floor storage area.

When the ZDX goes on sale this winter, customers will have the choice of three distinct trim levels: ZDX, ZDX with Technology Package and the ultra premium, ZDX with Advance Package. Like all Acura models, the ZDX will come generously equipped from the start. The panoramic glass roof with moveable sunshades, hand-stitched leather interior, HandsFreeLink™ Bluetooth® connectivity, power tailgate, and a high powered audio system with CD player, AM/FM/XM radio and USB audio interface with iPod® integration are all standard features.

The ZDX with Technology Package adds several features including a Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, an Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system and a new multi-view rear camera. The Advance Package boasts additional customer enhancing technologies like a blind spot information system, a Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

When the ZDX goes on-sale, it will bring a new level of prestige to the Acura lineup. The ZDX will be priced and positioned between the MDX luxury SUV and the RL luxury sedan. Pricing and additional details will be released at a later date.

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Unfortunately, I bet this crap is going to sell. There are plenty of ostentatious people out there who love the awkward sculpting and gaudy bits only Acura can offer. They almost suit the ugly chrome rims some like to mount on them.

I think I've seen more ultra-low profile chrome rims on new Acuras than I've seen on anything offered by any other brand. These cars beget bad taste. That thing borrows styling elements from so many cars I don't even know where to begin.

The name ZDX is as bad as the car looks. Every since Acura dropped proper names and went with goofy lettering convention things have gone downhill.