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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]
Before most automakers had any interest in the compact premium segment, Acura launched the Integra, and then the RSX. A car that was perhaps ahead of its time, the RSX is set to make a comeback.
A Motor Trend reports cites sources claiming the next-gen RSX will get the new 201-hp 2.4-liter Civic Si engine, mated to a six-speed manual and a limited slip differential. It will also get Acura’s more angular styling (none of which comes as a surprise).
A brand distinctly short on coupes, Acura is reportedly also developing a larger 2-door that will be powered by the company’s new plug-in hybrid system, but mated to a V6 rather than the 4-cylinder engine Honda has been showing off.
As many as three other coupes may also joint the lineup, with the MT report mentioning another C-Segment coupe, as well as the next-generation NSX, which is now rumored to use a 400-hp V8 engine. In addition, there are continued rumors about more potent version of the CR-Z.
[Source: Motor Trend]