Shocking No One, Acura Considers Bringing the CDX Stateside

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

If you’re not familiar with Acura’s subcompact CDX crossover, take a gander at Honda’s HR-V and think of China. Right now, that’s the only country that gets to buy the HR-V-based utility, but things could change.

Acura is reportedly mulling a trans-Pacific journey for the little CUV as it takes stock of its meager U.S. utility lineup.

According to Wards Auto, the American public’s appetite for subcompact CUVs makes the CDX a ripe candidate for U.S. showrooms. With only the RDX and MDX available to buyers, there’s plenty of room to flesh out the brand’s utility lineup.

“It’s a model that interests a lot of our people, so we have our R&D guys looking into the possibility,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president of American Honda’s Acura division, during a recent media event.

Because the model was designed with China in mind, bringing it stateside isn’t as simple as hiring a few ships. Regulatory hurdles exist, but the company feels confident it can be approved for sale should the move get the corporate green light. The plan is “on the table … it’s in discussion,” Ikeda said.

The CDX, while obviously of Honda origin, adopts a corporate “Diamond Pentagon” grille and curvier sheet metal, as well as the Civic’s turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Power is transferred through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Were it to arrive here, there would be no shortage of competition. In the premium field, Mercedes-Benz’s GLA, BMW’s X1 and Infiniti’s QX30 wait as potential rivals.

The Honda HR-V hasn’t met with universal acclaim — TTAC’s Tim Cain called it the brand “ worst current product” in a review that exposed a myriad of gripes, not the least of which was discomfort and price. Still, Honda sold over 82,000 of the little CUVs in 2016 — a figure Acura might have a hard time ignoring.

[Image: Honda Motor Company]

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  • CKNSLS Sierra SLT Let me get this straight-It's OK for GM to make cars in China and ship them here-under a Buick name. But for the Chinese to directly do it is not OK.If the Big 3 had not a deserted sedans/low end of the market they wouldn't have anything to worry about.Yea...makes perfect sense.
  • Analoggrotto This must look great in your Tellurides
  • Dukeisduke Meanwhile in the EU, they're inviting Chinese manufacturers to build assembly plants there, especially in Italy. FIAT cut back production in Italy from one million vehicles a year, to 750,000, so the Italian government wants the Chinese plants for the jobs they'll create. They've contacted BYD about building a plant, but so far, BYD has only committed to building a plant in Hungary. A second plant in the EU will depend on demand for vehicles.
  • Dukeisduke Huh, that photo looks like a coupe.I wonder how many of the of the original Tesla Roadsters are still on the road? I haven't seen one in years.
  • Dukeisduke L. S. Swap. Do it.