What is happening
Acura has confirmed that the first EV to hit the market in 2024 will be called the ZDX. A higher performance ZDX Type S is also coming.
Why it matters
The ZDX will ride on the same electric architecture as the Honda Prologue, which is being developed in conjunction with General Motors.
Acura will launch cars with its own EV architecture from 2026, aiming to be a fully electric carmaker by 2040.
Acura will launch its first all-electric car in 2024, and when it arrives, it will carry a familiar name: the ZDX. Acura on Thursday confirmed it will resurrect the name of thefor this brand new EV, and the company said a higher-performance ZDX Type S variant is also on the cards.
The “Z” in “ZDX” stands for “zero emissions,” so it works with the -DX naming convention that Acura uses for its SUVs. “When we envisioned this vehicle, we didn’t think of it as a continuation of one model line into the next,” Emil Korkor, Acura’s assistant vice president of sales, told me in an interview. “The fact that it starts with a ‘Z’ is just perfect.”
The original ZDX was on sale from 2009 to 2013 and was frankly a bit ahead of its time. No, the style wasn’t for everyone (I liked it!), but it was one of the original crossover coupes — a body style that’s all the rage these days. Korkor said the new ZDX will also be a highly styled vehicle and its design language is previewed bywhich also debuted during Monterey Auto Week on Thursday.
When it goes on sale in 2024, the ZDX will ride on the same electric vehicle architecture as the upcomingwhich is being . ZDX will use and should sit between the RDX and MDX crossovers in terms of size.
The ZDX is the first big step in Acura’s electrification plans. In 2026, the company will launch cars based on its own EV architecture, aiming to become a fully electric automaker by 2040.