2016 Acura CDX Beijing leak 1

We already know that the Acura CDX will make its debut at this year’s Beijing Auto Show. Less than a week before that takes place, live product and brochure images of the CDX have been leaked by Auto163 and Autohome, giving us a clearer view of the upcoming crossover.

The CDX will be positioned under the larger RDX and MDX in Acura’s SUV line-up. Based on the images, it appears that the crossover does indeed draw inspiration from the Acura Concept SUV-X that was shown at Auto Shanghai 2013.

While the concept had a more dramatic face, the CDX seen here falls in line with the rest of its SUV siblings, adopting the diamond-shaped grille as seen on the Acura Precision Concept (like the MDX). The sculpted lower apron has also been toned down from the concept, making room for angular-looking fog lamp enclosures. Sharper Jewel Eye full-LED headlamps, conventional side mirrors and 18-inch alloys are also fitted here.

Moving on, the concept’s rear shares very little in common with the production CDX seen here. A more defined tailgate, carved-out rear fog lamps and a twin exhaust pipe setup are just some of the highlights here. The tail lamps are also new, linked by a black trim piece just below the rear window. When placed alongside a standard HR-V, only the CDX’s roofline appears to bear some resemblance to the Honda crossover.

According to the Chinese publication, the CDX measures 4,495 mm in length, 1,840 mm in width, 1,600 mm in height, with a 2,660 mm wheelbase, which does cast a bit of doubt on its HR-V roots. Breaking out the measuring tape on the HR-V, the crossover measures 4,294 mm long, 1,772 mm wide, 1,605 mm high, and has a 2,610 mm wheelbase.

On the mechanical front, Auto163 claims that the CDX will be powered by a 1.5 litre L15B9 turbocharged engine rated at 182 hp and 240 Nm (5 hp and 14 Nm more than the Civic’s L15B8). The mill is mated to a new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, which comes with a torque converter. Apparently, two- and four-wheel drive versions of the powertrain will be offered.

Nonetheless, we’ll have to wait for the official debut of the Acura CDX in Beijing for complete information on the crossover, and whether it is indeed based on the Honda HR-V.

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