It seems as though the upcoming Acura ZDX isn’t the only new model Honda’s luxury arm is planning to release in the near future. Both German auto pub Auto Motor und Sport and Japan’s Holiday Auto are both reporting that four-door coupe is in the works and that is likely to be based off the European Honda Accord/North American Acura TSX platform. Holiday Auto even included a few renderings, shown above and below.
A base version of the car would use Honda’s 200hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a front-wheel drive layout. A high-performance model would get a 260hp turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder with a double-clutch paddle-shift transmission and SH-AWD. A V6 powerplant is possible, but unlikely as manufacturers search to use lower displacement forced induction engines to improve fuel economy.
Unfortunately as it will be branded as an Acura in North America the car is likely to get the company’s hideous new front end – and not a nice Honda design like the one shown in the rendering.
The car would slot-in between the TSX and TL, competing with vehicles like the Volkswagen CC and is due out in 2010.
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport and Hliday Auto via vtec.net]