Electrifying the Future: Acura ZDX and ZDX Type S Poised to Revolutionize Performance SUVs


In a momentous announcement, Acura revealed its first full-electric SUV set to arrive in 2024: the Acura ZDX. This revolutionary model emerges from a robust collaboration with GM, utilizing the highly flexible global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries. As part of Acura's continued commitment to electrification and digitalization, the ZDX will pioneer an entire lineup of EV models, the first of which are expected in 2026 based on the company's proprietary global e:Architecture.

The new ZDX is a tribute to the namesake predecessor, the original ZDX - the first vehicle completely designed in the Los Angeles-based Acura Design Studio. The latest rendition of this model is also being conceived in the same studio, emphasizing Acura's commitment to continuity and innovation.

Highlighting the brand's continued emphasis on performance, the ZDX Type S variant is also set to launch. This move represents Acura's dedication to maintaining driver-centric experiences at the heart of their electric vehicle lineup. "Acura will remain focused on performance in the electrified era and Type S will continue to represent the pinnacle of this direction,” noted Emile Korkor, Assistant Vice President of Acura National Sales.

The 2024 ZDX will be the first Acura to integrate Google built-in for advanced on-the-go connectivity across all trims. Google Maps for EV offers optimized route planning, including the location of charging stations, charging time estimates, and initiation of EV battery preconditioning at DC Fast charging stations. The Google Assistant feature allows for voice-controlled calling, texting, reminders, navigation, and more. Google Play also offers download capabilities for various third-party music, podcast, and audiobook apps. The ZDX will include a digital driver instrumentation display, a large center touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Acura's first pocket-type wireless smartphone charger, and secure Over the Air software updates for key vehicle modules as standard equipment.

This new direction was initially outlined by Honda global CEO Toshihiro Mibe in April 2021. He unveiled a strategy for Honda's future global sales to consist entirely of battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles by 2040, in an ambitious drive towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

The Acura ZDX is a monumental first step towards this goal. As the brand's first zero-emissions SUV, it is set to play a crucial role in leading American Honda into an electrified and digitalized future. According to Emile Korkor, the launch of the ZDX signifies an "accelerated path toward electrification by the end of the decade" and underlines the brand's pivotal role in achieving Honda's global aim of carbon neutrality.