Shown above is the best look yet for the 2024 Acura ZDX. The SUV isn’t completely production-ready (mainly temporary headlights), but there is absolutely no camouflage to hide the lines. The resulting vehicle is a decidedly toned-down Precision EV concept that nicely hides GM’s underpinnings.
Like the concept, it features a slanted nose and a blank version of Acura’s pentagonal grille. A long nose gave way to a heavily sloping windshield and floating roof. The roof features a unique treatment of the rear pillars and a small notch in the rear glass to create a floating look.
Of course, there are concessions to reality. The lower front fascia has a relatively unobtrusive grille, but it doesn’t detract from the rest of the vehicle. And, of course, there are large door mirrors and traditional grab handles to get in.
The ZDX is based on the GM Ultium platform and will likely be closely related to the Chevrolet Blazer given its size and expected performance. To the Acura designer’s credit, and perhaps because of his GM’s architecture, the ZDX doesn’t look like a reworked Blazer. And the difference continues beyond appearance. GM is ditching Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but Honda and Acura’s Ultium SUV versions will keep their phone-mirroring software. Unlike some petrol-powered Acura models, it has a built-in Google app and touchscreen support.
ZDX is expected to be released next year. High-performance Type-S variants like the TLX and Integra will also be available. This suggests that something like the Blazer SS’s dual-motor 557 hp powertrain will be available. I’m curious to see what the milder powertrain will be like, if everything will be dual motor or if there will be a single motor setup. And if you have a single-motor layout, whether it’s front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, the Blazer has both options available.