Acura CDX Hits The Patent Office As Company Denies Plan For US Launch

The Acura CDX was introduced in China nearly two years so it’s surprising the crossover recently surfaced at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Automakers file countless applications every year but this one is interesting as executives have previously hinted at the possibility of bringing the model to the United States.

Last April, Acura vice president and general manager Jon Ikeda said the CDX “interests a lot of our people.” He went on to say the company was looking at bringing the CDX to the United States but noted this isn’t a simple process as the crossover was designed for the Chinese market.

We reached out to Acura public relations manager Matt Sloustcher who said “At this time, there is no plan to bring the CDX to North America.” The news is a bit surprising given the booming compact crossover segment but Sloustcher’s statement suggests things could potentially change in the future.

The CDX debuted in 2016 and is based on the same platform that underpins the Honda HR-V. The model features a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 179 hp (133 kW) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system.

While Americans shouldn’t expect to see the CDX, the company is working on an all-new RDX which was recently previewed by a prototype at the North American International Auto Show. The production model will go on sale later this year and feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can be paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission and a Super-Handling All Wheel Drive system.

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  • PhilMcGraw

    I think the “it’s not easy to bring it here since it was designed for the Chinese market” is not the whole truth. They could easily put a different powertrain in the vehicle and make it for the US.

    What they really mean is: it doesn’t have a third row for those single women who think they need it or has a 300 hp V6 that every man thinks he needs in a car to speed up just to slow down again at the next traffic light.

    Honestly, I wish they would bring it to the US as a hybrid model. It would differentiate it from the rest of their lineup, target that market that wants a small city ute hybrid, and it wouldn’t compete with the HR-V as much because they could justify a premium.