Acura ZDX: Model’s first EV is a Cadillac below the pores and skin

The frenzy to affect has introduced collectively some unusual bedfellows, with the brand new Acura ZDX the primary progeny from the GM-Honda relationship.

Based mostly on GM’s BEV3 structure, the ZDX utilises the Common’s Ultium battery expertise, and might be constructed at a GM manufacturing unit alongside the Honda Prologue.

Though the platform and EV tech is all GM’s, the ZDX has a design that’s usually in step with the remainder of the model. The outside’s clear and easy traces are carried via to the inside, and are a distinction the exuberant designs from Chevrolet and Cadillac.

Forward of the motive force is an 11.0-inch instrumentation show, and within the centre of the dashboard is a 11.3-inch touchscreen operating the Android Automotive working system with built-in Google Maps. Collectively the 2 screens boast 22 inches of show area, a far cry from the 33 inches claimed by the associated Cadillac Lyriq.

In contrast to GM, which is not going to supply smartphone mirroring with its upcoming EVs, the ZDX helps Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. An 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is commonplace throughout the vary.

Measuring the 5022mm lengthy, 1956mm extensive, 1636mm tall, and using on a 3094mm wheelbase, the ZDX is across the identical dimension because the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevrolet Blazer EV. All three autos, in addition to the Honda Prologue, share the identical wheelbase.

At launch the 2 the ZDX might be obtainable in two trims: the A-Spec and the range-topping Kind S.

The bottom model of the A-Spec has a single motor on the rear axle rated at 254kW. Within the Lyriq, this motor is quoted as producing 441Nm. Outfitted with a 102kWh Ultium battery pack, the RWD A-Spec has an estimated US EPA vary of 523km.

There’s a two-motor all-wheel drive variant of the A-Spec, however Acura has but to offer any particulars about this drivetrain, besides to say it has a barely decrease 507km EPA vary.

The range-topping Kind S has a two-motor all-wheel drive system making a complete of 373kW. The identical system within the Lyriq has a torque ranking of 610Nm.

All that further efficiency means the 102kWh battery has a decrease EPA vary estimate of 463km. All ZDX fashions assist DC quick charging as much as 190kW.

Whereas the A-Spec rides on 20-inch wheels with 265/50 all-season tyres, and has multi-link suspension at each ends, the Kind S has 22-inch rims with 275/40 tyres, air suspension, adaptive dampers, and Brembo brakes.

When it comes to security, the ZDX would be the first Acura to be obtainable with rear cross visitors autonomous braking, and blind spot steering help.

The ZDX Kind S may even be obtainable with Palms Free Cruise. This appears to be a rebranded model of GM’s SuperCruise characteristic, which permits for a hands-free eyes-on-the-road driving on round 650,000km of highways throughout North America.

Whereas the unique ZDX was a crossover coupe primarily based on the Accord Crosstour that bombed as a result of it was, arguably, forward of its time, Acura is hoping the brand new, extra conventionally-styled mannequin will discover better favour available in the market.

Pricing for the ZDX A-Spec begins from round US$60,000 ($93,650), whereas the Kind S begins at US$70,000 ($109,250). For comparability, the Cadillac Lyriq begins from US$58,590 ($91,500).