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Electric SUV based on GM Ultium coming soon


Acura in August confirmed the revival of the name ZDX for the automaker’s upcoming electric SUV, and now the first prototype has been spotted.

The modern ZDX will be Acura’s first electric vehicle, although instead of using an in-house platform, the automaker has contracted to use General Motors’ Ultium platform and battery. GM will also build ZDX for Acura. GM has a similar agreement with Honda for The beginning of the electric SUV. Both these electric SUVs have a shelf life of 2024.

Prototypes indicate that the ZDX is a mid-size SUV that shares elements with 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, another mid-size SUV based on the Ultium. The A-, B- and C-pillar designs seem to be common on both vehicles, although the D-pillar is unique.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Acura previewed the design of the ZDX in August with the reveal of Exact EV concept during Monterey Car Week in 2022. While the concept’s design has been significantly toned down for the production model, elements such as the shark-nose grille, sculpted hood and distinct D-pillars have remained. again.

A glimpse of the interior reveals what appears to be a dashboard that integrates both the digital instrument cluster and the infotainment screen. The same design was introduced in the Precision EV concept.

Acura didn’t mention powertrain specs. While the Ultium platform supports batteries as large as 200 kWh and a full 1,000 hp electric motor, the ZDX will offer the same performance as the Lyriq, meaning a battery capacity of around 100 kWh and around 340 hp. Expect more power for the planned ZDX Type S model. Range should start around 300 miles.

Acura Precision EV Concept

Acura Precision EV Concept

Acura Precision EV Concept

Acura Precision EV Concept

Acura Precision EV Concept

Acura Precision EV Concept

Production of the ZDX is expected to take place at GM’s Spring Hill Manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where GM built the Lyriq.

Honda’s foreword, close to 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV design, is being prepared for production at GM’s plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where the Blazer EV and a smaller one are located. 2024 Chevy Equinox EV will be built.

For their future electric vehicles, Honda and Acura will rely on technology developed in-house. In April, Honda announced a wide-ranging strategy that will see the automaker invest more $60 billion for R&D over the next 10 years, with most of the funds being spent on developing electric vehicles, as well as software. The strategy will see Honda roll out 30 EVs globally by 2030 for its Honda and Acura brands, including two sports cars, one of which is said to be an NSX-engineered supercar again.

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