The “Z” in “ZDX” is understood to refer to “zero-emissions”, so it aligns with Acura’s “DX” naming convention for its SUVs. “When we imagined this car, we didn’t expect it to be a continuation of a model line,” Emile Korkor, Acura’s assistant vice president of sales, said in an interview. “The fact that it starts with a ‘Z’ is a perfection.”
The original ZDX was sold from 2009 to 2013, and its styling wasn’t for everyone, though it was one of the original crossover coupes — a body style that’s all the rage right now. The new ZDX will also be a highly stylized vehicle, Korkor said, with a design language previewed in the Acura Precision EV concept unveiled during Monterey Car Week on Thursday.
When the ZDX goes on sale in 2024, it will use the same EV architecture as the upcoming Honda Prologue, which was co-developed with GM. The ZDX will use GM’s Ultium battery technology and should be between the RDX and MDX crossovers in size.
The ZDX is the first major step in Acura’s electrification plan. In 2026, the company will launch vehicles based on its own EV architecture, with the goal of becoming a fully electric automaker by 2040.