Acura is Considering a Subcompact Crossover for the US Market

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Acura CDX is a small crossover currently only sold in China, but that might change soon.

With the crossover segment continuing to grow in North America, Acura is thinking about adding the CDX to its lineup. The Acura CDX went on sale in China last year and rides on the same platform underpinning the Honda HR-V. If it does make its way to North America, it would slot below the Acura RDX and would likely be powered by the same 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Honda Civic.

“It’s a model that interests a lot of our people, so we have our R&D guys looking into the possibility,” Jon Ikeda, group vice president-Acura U.S., told WardsAuto. But bringing the CDX here isn’t as simple as just “shipping it over here,” Ikeda added. Some changes would have to be made since there are different regulatory requirements in China compared to the U.S., but it is being discussed.

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The move makes sense, considering other luxury automakers are digging into the compact and subcompact crossover segment. BMW has the X1, while Audi has the Q3 and Mercedes-Benz has the GLA. There’s also the Infiniti QX30 and Lexus is expected to bring the UX to market.

[Source: WardsAuto]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Alex Kozovski Alex Kozovski on Apr 28, 2017

    They really should. X1, Q3... they have to compete.

  • Dweller Dweller on Oct 03, 2018

    with Honda civic engine 182 donkey powers and bycicle torque ? do you really want to compite with x1, Q3 etc. . I feel bad for acura marketing department. dumb dumb.