UPDATE: Canadian NSX pricing added (Dec. 18, 2015; 6:11 pm)
Next month’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will see Honda introduce its second-generation Ridgeline pickup, while the company’s upscale Acura brand will pull the wraps off a concept called ‘Precision’ that it says will “help set the direction for future Acura design.”
Styling details are limited to what you see in Honda’s teaser photos, but our impression is of a truck that’s gone more angular relative to the softer-looking Pilot that arrived earlier this year; these two models have shared platforms and powertrains in the past, and we expect that much will remain the same. Honda is giving little away elsewise, saying only that “Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda.” We hope we’re right in expecting it will reflect the rejuvenated Honda of recent years that has brought us excellent cars like the current Accord and all-new Civic.
On the Acura side of things, Honda’s upscale brand says it will use NAIAS as the launchpad for its future design direction, as demonstrated by the Precision concept. The shadowy image below looks to us like it could be an Audi A7-esque hatchback, or a sedan with a really short decklid. Acura creative director Dave Marek says the brand wants to “more strongly express performance through design, (and the concept) will serve as the inspiration for the styling and proportion of the next generation of Acura vehicles, especially for our sedans.”
Acura also revealed its plan for launching the NSX sports car, which, in the U.S., will retail for a starting tag of $189,900, and top out at $250,100 in fully-optioned form. (Acura’s Canadian MSRPs look wildly inflated next to the American figures of $156,000 (base) and $205,700 loaded up.) While Acura USA says it will begin taking NSX orders in February with deliveries will begin in the Spring, Acura Canada hasn’t set a date for when it will start selling the brand’s new hybrid supercar.
but the very first car will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson in January, with proceeds going to a pair of American children’s charities.