2025 Acura Compact SUV.
At the same time Honda was telling us about the new US version of the Civic Hybrid, Acura was announcing an all-new model for the US coming later this year. It will be a compact SUV based on the Integra platform and sold alongside the compact sedan. That probably means it will be around the same price, and slotted below the RDX.
Since 2016, Acura has been selling the small CDX crossover in China. There were rumors for years about it coming to North America, as it seemed like a no-brainer for our market. But that obviously never happened.
Now it seems Acura realized they do need something smaller, but especially cheaper than the RDX, which now starts at around $ 45,000, which leaves plenty of room slightly above the Integra.
The new model will probably be an Acura version of the Honda HR-V. Acura has done quite a good job making the Integra look quite different from the Civic, and the new SUV could be quite an improvement over the rather sad-looking HR-V.
The big question remains the powertrain. The Integra uses the Civic’s 1.5 Liter turbo, but the HR-V is only available with the basic 2.0 Liter engine. Something that will not do for an Acura.
My guess is the new model will be a hybrid-only compact SUV. It was announced at the same time as the Civic Hybrid, and I think the 1.5 Liter Turbo is slowly getting replaced. A hybrid would also really help Acura which doesn’t offer anything electrified right now. (Except of course the expensive ZDX EV). I also assume we can probably expect an Integra Hybrid in a year or two. And let’s not forget the upcoming Honda Prelude Hybrid also coming in a few months.
I nice looking upscale Hybrid Only compact crossover could end up being a big hit for Acura and a future best seller for the brand.
In other Acura news, the MDX and RDX will be getting some upgrades this year as well. This will be the second refresh for the RDX which will be 6 years old by the time the revised model comes out. Acura also mentioned the MDX will finally be getting a touch screen instead of the horrible trackpad they’ve been pushing for the past few years. While they do not mention the new touchscreen for the RDX, I guess that it could be part of an all-new interior. Something you’d expect after 6 years. While the only interior modification for the much newer MDX might be the touch screen.
This is all good news from a good brand.