Detroit, Michigan – Acura has unveiled three new models at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit: concept models of the new ILX luxury compact sedan, 2013 RDX crossover, and the NSX next-generation supercar.
Acura also announced that the next-generation NSX will feature Acura’s new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling-All-Wheel Drive) technology and that it will be developed by Honda R&D Americas and manufactured in Ohio.
“Over the next three years, the Acura brand will launch a series of new models that will remake our product lineup and shake up the luxury market,” said Alexandre Roger, assistant vice-president of Acura in Canada. “Acura will once again defy conventional wisdom to become one of the top luxury brands by developing luxury vehicles based on our own unique values to be a leader in the Canadian segment.”
The ILX will be positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand and will feature three different powertrains, including Acura’s first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid. The lineup will include an entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, a high-performance 2.4-litre four-cylinder with six-speed manual transmission, and a 1.5-litre gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.
Shown as a prototype version, the 2013 RDX will be the second generation of Acura’s five-passenger crossover SUV and will use a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 273 horsepower, 33 more than the outgoing model. It will also be available in front-wheel drive or with a new, lighter all-wheel system that provides required performance with increased efficiency.
The NSX Concept gives an indication of the brand’s next high-performance vehicle, using lightweight materials, a mid-mounted V6 engine, and Acura’s new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD hybrid system that uses a two electric motor drive unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system. It will use a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor to create supercar acceleration with outstanding efficiency.
The new Acura supercar is expected to debut in the next three years.