MONTEREY, Calif. — They say you have to crawl before you walk, but Acura's first step toward its all-electric future is a full-on sprint.
The ZDX, Acura's first electric vehicle, unveiled here Thursday, is a critical milestone for Acura and "signals [the brand's] transition to a zero-emissions future," said Emile Korkor, assistant vice president of Acura national sales.
Though the ZDX is built in collaboration with General Motors and shares a platform with the Cadillac Lyriq, its looks are distinctly Acura with an EV twist that designers say is representative of what to expect as the brand starts converting its lineup from gasoline to electric.
Dave Marek, Acura's executive creative director — whose team in Torrance, Calif., was responsible for setting the design direction and final execution of the ZDX — said the U.S. design group will continue to "take full advantage of the increased styling and packaging freedom EVs offer."
Marek described the ZDX as "Acura's new modern expression of performance."