While we’ve heard several rumors before that Acura is reconsidering getting into smaller cars, a new report by Automotive News is the most credible yet. According to AN, Jeff Conrad, the VP of Acura confirmed at a recent dealer meeting that the brand is looking at expanding its lineup with a new vehicle that would slot in underneath the TSX. While there’s some speculation that Acura would bring the Canadian CSX (essentially a rebadged and gussied-up Civic) to the U.S., the report says this new model would compete against the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Volvo C30. It would also help Acura meet increasingly strict CAFE regulations.
That being said a small hatchback or coupe is likely and so our immediate guess is that Acura could revive the much-loved RSX badge – perhaps even using the CR-Z as a base. After all, if the goal is to create a fuel-efficient model and Acura has made known its plan to expand into hybrids in the near future, an Acura branded CR-Z might work – although it would have to have a more powerful engine, something that has been rumored in a CR-Z Type R.
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]