China’s status as one of the major destinations of the annual auto show circuit is no longer in question, with a number of significant international and regional debuts taking place there. Honda showed two concepts in the coastal city of Shanghai that ostensibly for the Chinese domestic market, but could preview changes or all-new models for the rest of the world.
Mechanical details on both the Acura Concept SUV-X and Honda Concept M were practically non-existent, so we can only speculate. Outwardly, the Acura Concept SUV-X looks like a swoopier, more dramatic version of the RDX, with more surface sculpting, and a more dramatic front-end. Naturally, as seems to be the case with new Acura models, LEDs figure prominently in the exterior lighting, utilized in both the headlights and running/directional lights. The only hint at production intent is that Acura is planning on bringing local production (read: China) of a model based on the SUV-X to the market in about three years.
The Honda Concept M appears at first glance to be a highly-stylized Odyssey, although its actual dimensions are probably significantly smaller than those of its North American big brother. The only sense of scale we get of this concept are a few photos of Honda executives standing next to it. The Concept M is nebulously described as a “new-value vehicle” with the attributes of a passenger car with comfortable and spacious cabin space.
The large, prominent grille is a major departure from the current Odyssey or other current Honda models, sharing some resemblance with the new Accord plug-in Hybrid. Naturally, the concept gets LED headlights. We’re not sure if the Concept M previews the next Odyssey or not, but if it does, it would bring some much-needed attitude to the staid segment.