The Official Acura Thread: Design Languages, Grilles, Future Models, etc.

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Acura Precision Concept Points to Bold Future for Acura Design

DETROIT, January 12, 2016 – The Acura Precision Concept model made its world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show today, pointing toward a bolder, more distinctive future for Acura vehicle design. The Acura Precision Concept was developed by the Acura Design Studio in California to express the Acura brand DNA of "Precision Crafted Performance."

"There is no more clear promise for the Acura brand than Precision Crafted Performance," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. "We're committed to infusing this core Acura promise into every facet of our products and every aspect of our relationship with the customer."

With an emphasis on high-contrast details and the intersection of modern, sheer surfaces and muscular, organic sculpting, the Acura Precision Concept communicates Acura's focus on performance and prestige through its ultra-low and wide stance, long dash-to-axle ratio, deeply sculpted surfaces and the debut of a new Diamond Pentagon grille.

"The Acura Precision Concept is more than simply a concept vehicle, it is a design study model that literally will shape the direction of all future Acura products around our Precision Crafted Performance DNA," said Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. "The Acura Precision Concept is the leading edge of a renewed commitment to delivering Precision Crafted Performance in every facet of the product experience and creating a powerful and very exciting direction for the next generation of Acura models."

The Acura Precision Concept's crouched and athletic stance is further emphasized by its deeply sculpted side surfaces pouring over swelling rear wheel arches covering 22-inch wheels and tires. The forward-looking concept also features signature lighting designs – in front with its Jewel Constellation LED headlights composed of organically arranged fractal elements, and in back with floating LED taillights.

A key design theme, dubbed "quantum continuum," is seen in the seamless transition of materials and structure from the exterior to the interior of the vehicle, which is further highlighted by the absence of a b-pillar. The large door rocker panel flows into the interior side sill, transitioning into a cantilever for the floating rear seats. The rear center high-mounted stoplight becomes an architecture element piercing the rear glass and then flowing down to help form the structure for the metal airfoil shape of the rear headrests.

The elegant and powerful exterior is matched by its dramatic interior design, where cantilevered surfaces meet with striking tones, expressive surfacing and modern detailing. Of particular note are the double-layered instrument panel, the high-contrast front seat surfaces, the ultra-thin "floating" rear seats, evoking the look of modern lounge furniture, and the hand-crafted audio speaker grilles made of exotic wood.

The driver's space is highlighted by a compact, race-inspired, sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) controls, a floating center meter, a driver's head-up display, a cantilevered center stack and an ultra-wide, thin and curved center display screen.

New Acura HMI Concept
The Acura Precision Concept also explores a new approach for Acura's digital human-machine interface (HMI), enabling a more intuitive, advanced and seamless connection between man and machine. The ultra-wide and curved center screen is operated by a floating touch pad suspended on the cantilevered center stack. Upon entry, the system scans each occupant and selects personalized features and functions, including maps, audio and customized vehicle performance settings. Acura Precision Concept dimensions:
Width 84 inches
Length 204 inches
Height 52 inches
Wheelbase 122 inches
Wheel/Tire 22-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport Summer Tire

About the Acura Precision Concept
The Acura Precision Concept was created to explore new and challenging ideas for future Acura design, particularly Acura sedans. The concept was created by Acura's California Design Studio under the direction of Acura global creative director, Dave Marek. The exterior design was led by Michelle Christensen, principal exterior designer, with the interior design created under the leadership of John Norman, principal interior designer. Both Christensen and Norman also played a key role in the creation of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar.










Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/01/12/acura-precision-concept-detroit-official/
 
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mikeavelli

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Precision Crafted Performance. It’s what we think, feel, love, fail, dream, shout, and lose sleep about. It’s why we build cars like the ILX, TLX, RDX, RLX, MDX, and NSX. It’s our point of view, and it’s time we shared it.
They can't be serious...
 

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Yet another hideous Acura design that leaves you perplexed whether this car is driving TOWARDS you or AWAY from you ?!?
 

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Not that it matters because this particular concept car cannot or will not make it into production without heavy modifications styling-wise.
 

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Not that it matters because this particular concept car cannot or will not make it into production without heavy modifications styling-wise.

Interior, I'll agree. Exterior, with Acura, who knows?.....you're liable to get anything. After all, look what the ZDX and last-generation TL ended up looking like. :eek:
 

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Interior, I'll agree. Exterior, with Acura, who knows?.....you're liable to get anything. After all, look what the ZDX and last-generation TL ended up looking like. :eek:
Exterior, I wasn't talking about just how ugly Acura is capable of making a car, because I agree they have proven that with ZDX, TL, etc.

Regarding exterior, I was talking about entire dainty greenhouse, door handles (lack of), bumpers, front clip, rear clip, mirrors (lack of), or in short this will never make it into production and be even be close to concept car shown.
 

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Acura bringing near-production-ready concept sedan to Pebble Beach

Could preview a range-topping Legend 'four-door coupe' to replace the RLX

Three years ago Acura turned many heads with the Precision concept. Said to be the future of Acura design language, the latest RDX crossover is the most full-bodied expression of the Precision Crafted Performance design language. The rest of the range has only gone as far as the Diamond Pentagon grille. That looks to change later this year, when Acura brings a near-production-ready four-door to Pebble Beach that's inspired by the Precision.

Car and Driver, which got a peek into Acura's Southern California design studio, says the tea leaves "point to a new production Acura sedan in the Precision concept's gorgeous 'four-door coupe' form." Believing the Pebble display will be "a tribute to the best of Acura's past" and could presage a flagship to replace the RLX, C/D wonders if the carmaker won't reach into its deep past and resurrect the Legend name. That's seems a bit much, but we have only six months to wait.

After that, the next-generation TLX sedan and MDX crossover will arrive, and are expected to wear Precision cues. Both are scheduled to make landfall at the end of this year or beginning of next year. Based on shapes bulging under taut covers, C/D says both will receive stretched front intakes and "hook-shaped, extruded taillights." A juiced TLX Type S with a ducktail spoiler appears to lurk in the near future, too.

Eventually, the second coming of the ZDX crossover might get the nod as well. Acura sold the severely rakish crossover coupe from 2009 to 2013, well before crossover coupes had established themselves. Looking at what's happened in the past 10 years, the ZDX was either ahead of its time, or consumers only want diminished rear headroom from German crossovers; no Japanese luxury maker has yet put a sloped roof on one of its crossovers. That means if a new ZDX does come, it could be just as novel the second time as it was the first.

Source: https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/08/acura-concept-sedan-pebble-beach/


Considering the market dynamics, I would personally be very surprised to see Acura even try to dabble in another flagship sedan. Revamping the TLX as a large-ish four door coupe probably makes the most sense to me.
 

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An AWD 368 hp TLX Type-S is allegedly 20 months away. This just might be it, but the regular TLX is redesigned ASAP.

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A new RLX replacement is a 2021 model at earliest, based on the 2 year old facelift.
 

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Both look good.
I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I had higher hopes for these based on rumors. Many of the Honda folks I know described these as "beautiful" and some even as "breathtaking." I guess they better implement the new diamond pentagon face, but the rest of the design leaves a lot to be desired.

The MDX looks a lot like the CX-9 and the TLX/RDX, to me, looks a natural evolution from what Acura is doing now. The interior of the sedan is also fairly derivative.

I am most excited to get information on this new turbo V6...
 

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I know door creases are currently a fad, but on those it almost looks like the cars come pre T-boned for you.
 

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Well, nothing to write home about, but better ...
 
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