Acura unveils 2024 ZDX: Electric car starting at $60K, reaching $70K for sporty Type S

Acura introduced its first electric vehicle, the 2024 ZDX, just before the start of the 2023 Monterey Car Week in California. Expected to be available for delivery in early 2024, Acura has stated that the base A-Spec model will be priced around $60,000, while the higher-performance Type S variant is anticipated to start at approximately $70,000.

The ZDX model utilizes General Motors’ Ultium platform and advanced battery technology, resulting in distinct resemblances with the Ultium-based Cadillac Lyriq. These resemblances encompass shared characteristics in proportions, design elements, and greenhouse pillar arrangement. Notably, both the ZDX and Lyriq will be produced at GM’s facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

In terms of specifications, the ZDX A-Spec version comes equipped with a standard rear single motor, with an option to upgrade to a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup. In both configurations, the peak power output reaches 340 hp. The estimated range for the rear-wheel-drive option is approximately 325 miles, whereas the dual-motor version is projected to cover about 315 miles.

Upon its release, the ZDX will offer the ZDX Type S variant, featuring dual-motor all-wheel drive as a standard feature, delivering 500 hp and an approximate range of 288 miles. Performance upgrades for the Type S include 6-piston Brembo calipers, 15.6-inch front rotors, adjustable air suspension, adaptive dampers, and 22-inch wheels. Both variants are equipped with a shared 102-kWh battery that supports rapid charging up to 190 kW through a DC fast charger.

Taking cues from the Precision EV concept revealed the prior year, the ZDX’s design maintains the distinctive Acura aesthetic while introducing fresh elements, including the exclusive color option, Double Apex Blue Pearl. The Type S iteration offers the Tiger Eye Pearl burnt orange hue, in alignment with other Type S models in Acura’s lineup.

With dimensions measuring 197.7 inches in length, the ZDX features a two-row, five-seat layout. The interior showcases digital screens for both the instrument cluster (11.0 inches) and the infotainment center (11.3 inches). Acura has confirmed the integration of Google apps and services, Bang & Olufsen audio, and a hands-free driver-assist feature referred to as Hands-Free Cruise.

Similar to GM’s Super Cruise, this technology enables hands-free driving over extended stretches of roads in the U.S. and Canada, contingent on continuous driver supervision.

Acura intends to initiate the ZDX reservation process later in the year, exclusively offering the vehicle for online purchase. This reflects a strategic shift toward online sales for Acura’s upcoming EVs, aligned with the broader industry trend, even as certain automakers choose to adapt existing dealer networks for EV sales.

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