Acura, the luxury brand of Honda, has unveiled its new flagship SUVs for 2024: the ZDX and the ZDX Type S. These are not your typical family haulers. They are high-performance, hybrid-electric vehicles that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, faster than some supercars like the Ferrari 488 GTB.
The Acura ZDX and the Acura ZDX Type S are the first Acura models to feature the brand’s new e-AWD system, which combines a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine with three electric motors, one for each rear wheel and one for the front axle. The system delivers a total of 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque for the ZDX and 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque for the Acura ZDX Type S.
The e-AWD system also enhances the handling and stability of the SUVs, as it can vary the torque distribution among the four wheels depending on the driving conditions and the driver’s inputs. The system can also send up to 100% of the torque to either the front or the rear axle or to a single rear wheel, creating a torque vectoring effect that helps the SUVs corner more sharply and smoothly.
A New Design Language for Acura
The Acura ZDX and the ZDX Type S are the first Acura models to showcase the brand’s new design language, which is inspired by the NSX, the brand’s flagship sports car. The SUVs feature a sleek and muscular body with sharp lines, sculpted surfaces, and a low and wide stance. The signature diamond pentagon grille dominates the front fascia, flanked by slim LED headlights and large air intakes. The rear end features a distinctive LED light bar that spans the width of the tailgate and a dual exhaust system with chrome tips.
The 2024 Acura ZDX and the ZDX Type S also have some unique design elements that differentiate them from each other. The Acura ZDX Type S has a more aggressive and sporty look, with a blacked-out grille, a larger rear spoiler, a rear diffuser, and 21-inch alloy wheels with a dark finish. The ZDX has a more elegant and refined look, with a chrome grille, a smaller rear spoiler, and 20-inch alloy wheels with a silver finish.