Acura is considering adding an additional SUV to its U.S. lineup. As crossover and SUV sales boom in the U.S., the Japanese luxury brand is reportedly looking at ways to bring its CDX SUV to market state-side. The CDX is the brand’s sub-compact entry in the Chinese market.
Based on Honda’s global B-segment architecture, the CDX shares its underpinnings with the Honda HR-V, which is already on sale in the U.S. The CDX is also sharing Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, at least for the Chinese market model.
“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.
Ikeda went on to say that bringing the CDX to North America isn’t as easy as simply shipping it here, explaining that the regulatory environment varies between China and the U.S. It isn’t entirely clear if the CDX is engineered to be easily federalized in the U.S. market or not; a practice automakers of engage in during the development of vehicles they feel have global market potential.
Assuming the CDX could make it to the U.S., it would be competing with the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and upcoming Lexus UX. While the segment is small at the moment, sub-compact luxury crossovers are expected to grow in sales in the coming years.
Acura has soldiered on with only two crossover entries on the North American market since discontinuing the ZDX coupe-like SUV back in 2013. The CDX would be joining the larger MDX and RDX, with the latter slated for a redesign next year.