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On of the largest growth areas in the auto industry is the premium compact segment. Acura had it all locked-down with the Integra and then the RSX and then made the foolish move to axe the car.
Now, the RSX is poised to return, arriving in the Spring of 2013, but as a sedan. A coupe is also planned, it won’t arrive until 2015, with the possibility of a convertible version to follow.
The RSX will be based on the current Honda Civic platform and powered by a 210-hp version of the Civic Si powerplant. Honda intends to differentiate it more significantly from the current Civic-based CSX sold in Canada, however.
This move could result in the death of the TSX, with the next-generation TL set to shrink slightly in order to fill the gap.
[Source: AutomotiveNews via CNET]
A slew of new product info and rumors have popped up, detailing big (and little) changes across Acura’s product portfolio. Updates are planned for the TL, while the there’s more news about the new sub-TSX model, as well as a new direction for Acura’s flagship RL.
Starting with the new small sedan, a source tells TempleofVtec that the design will be “edgy” yet the car will be affordable – hinting that this might just be the next generation of the Civic-based CSX (currently sold in Canada). The car will reportedly also be offered as a gasoline model and a hybrid and was described as an “aggressive IS350.”
As a RWD model is out of the question from Honda, we’re really hoping for an AWD car with the impressive 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder from the RDX. We won’t hold our breath though.
As for the RL, Acura may have finally figured out a space for the car in the marketplace, choosing not to peg it against other flagships like the S-Class, 7 Series or Lexus LS, but rather against a new line of coupe-styled luxury sedans. In other words, the next-generation Acura RL would be a Mercedes CLS rival. There’s a strong possibility Honda will debut a new full-hybrid system in this car, mated to a V6 engine an using it’s SH-AWD system.
In more down-to-earth news, the TL is slated to get a 6-speed automatic transmission that should help improve fuel economy, while the overall design will be toned down, 19-inch wheels made standard and several new technology items offered.
Acura might just be starting to get its act together. After several years of passable products, the lack of a true top-tier luxury sedan, the elimination of the RSX and cancellation of the next-generation NSX, comes word of some good products news from Honda’s luxury division.
According to a report by AutoWeek, Acura is looking to bring a coupe to market based on the front-drive TSX platform. This would be a competitor to the likes of the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Infiniti G Coupe and comes as rumors swirl that Mercedes will deliver a C-class Coupe in the coming years, and Lexus will also deliver an IS Coupe. It’s hard to believe Acura has taken so long to deliver this model and we just hope they can at least fit an AWD system to the car and if were luxury the RDX’s turbocharged 2.3-liter turbo.
In addition, Acura will also look to add a new compact sedan to its lineup. Acura currently offers a model called the CSX (formerly EL) in Canada, which is essentially a glorified Civic sedan. It has, however, been a significant sales success for Acura in Canada. With Honda set to debut a new Civic within the year, we could expect a future CSX to be based on the same platform and possibly offer a hybrid version.
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]
Rumors have surfaced that Acura is planning to get back into the entry-level luxury segment, with a possible RSX successor coming in 2012. The new model would reportedly be based on the next generation Honda Civic which is due out in 2011 and would compete with vehicles like the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Volvo C30 in the growing premium compact segment.
Making the possibility more likely are rumors that the upcoming European Lexus CT hatchback may find its way to North America after all. Then again, Honda has never been a company to follow the lead of others.
Currently Acura offers no coupes in its lineup after killing off the RSX in 2006. An entry-level four-door Acura, the CSX, is offered exclusively in Canada, however.