First Look: 2009 Acura ZDX Concept

No longer can we call the BMW X6 unique. Acura's ZDX concept, shown at the 2009 New York auto show, also mixes sports coupe DNA with that of a sports-utility.

In Acura-speak, this particular crossover segment is called `luxury performance coupe-plus.' According to Jeff Conrad, Acura's vice president of sales, the mix of sports coupe and SUV allows the RDX to create a "new" segment.

How `new' that segment is may be up for debate, but it's certainly carte blanche for Acura itself. Its previous crossovers looked decidedly truck-like, but the ZDX resembles a TSX sedan in most areas. The sloping fastback roof is breathtaking, and its tinted glass surface is seamlessly blended into the blacked-out rear valiance panel and taillights.

Designer Michelle Christensen says she wanted the ZDX's exterior to draw you into a rich interior, and we have to say she's succeeded. The sculpted instrument panel is a typical Acura design trait, but its two-tone scheme, trimmed in stitched leather, is nothing short of sumptuous.

What lurks beneath that interior is a bit of a mystery. Acura says the ZDX concept uses an all-aluminum V-6 with VTEC, a new six-speed automatic, and the brand's trademark SH-AWD system. We imagine a similar setup will make its way into the production ZDX, which reaches dealers this fall.

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