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2011 Acura ZDX Overview

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2010 Acura ZDX

The 2011 Acura ZDX is a personal sports coupe that defies categorization.  With the stunning good looks of a performance coupe and the four-door convenience and comfort of a sedan, the Acura ZDX is an enticing study in contrasts.   Flexible cargo utility and multi-surface, all-season capability further broaden the ZDX’s appeal.  With its sensuous curves, sharply raked roofline and bold fender flares, the segment-bending ZDX transcends the traditional distinctions between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle.

Visually and functionally, the Acura ZDX luxury 4-door sports coupe’s inventive “Passionate Getaway” concept defines this Acura as a completely different type of personal luxury vehicle.  As the term suggests, the Acura ZDX is designed primarily to provide a means of freedom and escape for two adults and their cargo— whether cargo is luggage for a weekend, sporting equipment or newfound antiques.  As such, the Acura ZDX is the perfect enabler of a “passionate getaway” that is simultaneously renewing and rewarding.

Powering this getaway vehicle is a responsive, efficient and clean 300-hp VTEC® V-6 engine teamed with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) that establishes the ZDX as one of the most innovative luxury vehicles on the market.  The Acura ZDX offers a highly personal sports coupe driving experience combined with off-road capability—along with the refinement and quality that Acura customers expect.

As the first start-to-finish design to come from the new Acura Design Studio in Southern California, the Acura ZDX reflects the desires of luxury buyers who want to experience life to the fullest.  Developed first and foremost as a driver’s vehicle, the Acura ZDX offers an available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) that provides a choice between Comfort and Sport suspension settings along with variable steering assist that allows the Acura ZDX to effortlessly morph from a supremely comfortable highway cruiser to a formidable back-road dance partner.  Developed and tuned using Germany’s famed Nürburgring road course, the Acura ZDX chassis is more than capable of handling challenging road conditions— while still retaining off-highway capability.

From the signature Acura front grille to the artful use of strong character lines and the industry’s longest continuous glass roof, the Acura ZDX adds a new dimension to the luxury market and sets a new standard for personal expression.  This personalized style carries over to the 5-passenger interior, where premium features include a leather-accented instrument panels, sport-oriented leather front seats with heating and available ventilation, available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather™, and an available 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System.  Unique features include a multi-view rearview camera system, Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a blind spot information system (BSI).

The Acura ZDX advances the definition of personal style, luxury and performance to the highest level in Acura Division history.  Developed by Acura engineers in Ohio and manufactured in Alliston, Ontario, Canada, the Acura ZDX is a significant contributor to North American productivity and jobs.  And with its low-impact manufacturing, factory waste recycling programs and a significant reduction in the use of harmful materials, the Acura ZDX is more environmentally friendly.

Engine and Powertrain

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The 2011 Acura ZDX uses a 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 engine that continues Acura’s longstanding mission to provide V-8 level horsepower and torque while retaining the size and fuel efficiency of a V-6.  The Acura ZDX’s 3.7L engine develops 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque along with providing immediate acceleration response, outstanding low- and mid-range torque and exciting high-rpm power.

To widen the powerband while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency, the 3.7-liter engine has a 2-rocker arm design VTEC®(Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system applied to the intake valves, a computer controlled dual-stage intake manifold and an electronic Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system.

EPA estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 16/23/19 mpg and a large 21-gallon fuel capacity mean the ZDX has a long cruising range.  The Acura ZDX complies with the latest EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards.  Performance and fuel economy benefit from the ZDX’s 6-speed automatic transmission, and the transmission’s quick-response Sequential SportShift function is designed to satisfy the most discerning enthusiast drivers.

Originally tuned on the famed Nürburgring circuit in Germany, the ZDX’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system provides handling precision that sets a benchmark for SUVs.  SH-AWD® uses torque vectoring to actively vary the distribution of power between the front and rear axles (as well as between the left and right rear wheels) to provide maximum power delivery under all driving circumstances.  In addition to the torque vectoring, SH-AWD® overdrives the outside rear wheel up to 1.7 percent faster than the front wheels to create a “yaw moment” that helps the Acura ZDX to better rotate around a corner— thus minimizing understeer.

*Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates.  Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Body and Chassis

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Designed to merge the emotional appeal of a sports coupe and all-season, all-surface versatility, the Acura ZDX breaks new barriers for Acura and for the luxury market.  Its “Passionate Getaway” design honors the driver and passenger first, while also providing an impeccably finished luggage storage area that bests that of most luxury sedans.  The rear seat area, with its abbreviated doors and door handles creatively integrated into the C-pillar, accommodates three additional passengers as required for occasional trips.  But overall, the Acura ZDX targets its mission as a 2-passenger personal escape vehicle with unmistakable Acura style.

The design of the wide rear fenders and narrow rear cabin give the Acura ZDX a decisive and powerful appearance, but such design also created a significant engineering challenge to put into production.  After experimenting with numerous manufacturing processes, a unique stamping process was developed, allowing the Acura ZDX prototype’s extremely deep-draw rear quarter panels to become reality.  The “Keen Edge” body character lines are also the sharpest in Acura history, further defining and individualizing the Acura ZDX from any other vehicle.

In front, the Acura ZDX adopts Acura’s signature “floating” grille, which is surrounded by a honeycomb-design air opening and is finished in an elegant satin metallic.  Windswept high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, aggressive cooling inlets and careful attention to radiator airflow boost cooling efficiency as well as fuel economy.  The bodyside is equally inspiring, with strong character lines sweeping rearward, promoting a sense of motion and tension.  The dramatically sloping rear body fully delivers on the ZDX’s sports coupe inspiration, with large, confident fender flares, a center character line continuing rearward from the hood to the back hatch, and an effective rear lip spoiler that helps air separate cleanly from the vehicle.  Located on the roof is a combination AM/FM/XM® Radio fin-type antenna that is a world first for the automotive industry.

Besides the dramatic deep-draw rear quarter panels, the Acura ZDX’s signature design element is its panoramic glass roof that provides occupants with a breathtaking view of the world around them.  Sliding externally above the roof to maximize interior headroom, the UV-light absorbing glass panel is the largest moonroof ever used on an Acura vehicle.  A fixed glass panel above the rear seat further brightens the interior.  Altogether, the panoramic glass roof, aerodynamically raked windshield, and unique upper and lower glass panels in the rear hatch give the Acura ZDX an almost uninterrupted glass surface from the front of the windshield to the rear of the vehicle.  During assembly, the panoramic glass roof structure is attached to the Acura ZDX from above (instead of inside, as is usually the case) and features flush mounted seals for a supremely low-noise cruising environment.

To help reduce vehicle mass and improve structural rigidity that is important for ride, handling and safety, 48-percent of the Acura ZDX body is constructed of high-strength steel, with an additional 5-percent of the body constructed of key aluminum components (such as the hood and instrument-panel support).  The Acura ZDX utilizes MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension design, with additional rear-suspension subframe connectors for maximum isolation from road noise, vibration and harshness.  A choice of wheels includes standard 19×8.5-inch aluminum units—another first for Acura—and available 20×9-inch aluminum wheels. Both wheels carry ZDX-specific Michelin Latitude M+S tires for excellent all-weather performance.

With its Active Damper System suspension, the ZDX’s available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) offers dramatically different driving personalities thanks to separate Comfort and Sport settings.  A luxuriously comfortable touring vehicle, the ZDX can turn into a tiger on mountain roads at the quick turn of a switch to change suspension damping modes along with steering feel.

The Active Damper System uses sophisticated Magneto-Rheological design dampers and specific computer algorithms to quickly and continuously adapt to road conditions.  The IDS system incorporates the vehicle’s speed-sensing power steering as well, giving the driver a satisfyingly different steering feel in each damper mode (Comfort versus Sport).

All Acura ZDX models come with a rear view camera.  The standard Acura ZDX displays the rearview image within the rearview mirror, while the Technology Package and Advance Package displays multi-view camera information on the instrument panel-mounted full VGA color Navigation screen.  When equipped with the Advance Package, the Acura ZDX also includes a blind spot information system (BSI) that can detect other vehicles when they are in the blind spot of the ZDX driver.

The Acura ZDX has a 1,500-pound tow rating and can be fitted with a Class I hitch, as well as over a dozen other items available from Acura Genuine Accessories.

Interior

2010 Acura ZDX

The ZDX’s innovative “2+Freedom” design motive—Acura’s term for the ZDX providing two adults with the freedom of escape—extends into the interior, which prioritizes the comfort and convenience of the driver and front passenger.  Wide-opening front doors, flowing interior shapes, and niceties such as leather accents throughout the cabin define the ZDX as nothing short of the most dramatic Acura yet.  A hand-stitched leather dashboard and center console gracefully sweeps across and down to form the dual cockpit interior design that creates a personal and intimate experience for front seat passengers.  Together with a panoramic glass roof, striking LED-illuminated center console, 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat and 8-way adjustable power front passenger’s seat with seat heaters, the Acura ZDX cuts no corners on comfort or luxury.

The list of standard electronic features is impressive, including LED backlit gauges, a high-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID), XM® Radio, Bluetooth® Audio and USB port connectivity for the 8-speaker audio system, a Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface and rearview camera.

Two special packages further define the Acura ZDX.  The Technology Package adds a host of premium features such as Perforated Milano leather seating surfaces, a Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, an 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display, a multi-view rearview camera, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather, a superb Acura/ELS Surround® premium 10-speaker audio system with DVD-Audio, Song By Voice™ (SBV), Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition) among other features.  The Advance Package adds valuable driving aids including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), blind spot information system (BSI), ventilated front seats and more.

Safety and Convenience

The Acura ZDX reaches the next level of safety with its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features. Its ACE™ body structure more evenly distributes collision forces throughout the vehicle and helps maintain the integrity of the passenger cabin in the event of a severe frontal collision.  Moreover, with ACE™, the ZDX employs a special frame member located below the front bumper that is designed to help engage the front bumper of smaller vehicles.

Numerous standard “active safety” features that help the Acura ZDX driver avoid collisions include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).  Additional active safety features included in the available Advance Package include: Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), which helps reduce the likelihood of a collision by alerting the driver to potential collision situations and activating the brakes if the system determines a collision likely is unavoidable; and a blind spot information system (BSI) that can help alert the driver to another vehicle that is nearby.

Passive safety features include a dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), 2-chamber front-side airbags with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) for the front passenger, front seats with active head restraints, front knee bolsters, and front seatbelts with an automatic tensioning system with load limiters.  Side curtain airbags with integrated rollover sensor deploy in a sufficient side-impact to help protect occupants of the front and rear outboard seats.  To help with the installation of child car seats, Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) are standard in the rear outboard seats.

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Manufacturing and Environment

The Acura ZDX is assembled at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.  Acura’s commitment to preserving the environment continues with the ZDX via further reduction of the use of metals such as chromium and lead, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polyvinyl chlorides (PVC).  In addition, the Acura ZDX is the first Acura vehicle to use a mercury-free Navigation system display screen.  In the manufacturing facility, a dedicated line separates different manufacturing scrap materials for recycling.

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