• Oct 21st 2008 at 11:29AM
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There is no doubt that Honda moves to the beat of its own percussionist, especially compared to its Japanese competitors. Of late, however, the Acura side of the house seems to be making some very odd decisions. There is the most obvious front and center example – the new shield grille, which one dealer has taken it upon himself to fix. Then the other day came news that Honda CEO Takeo Fukui has confirmed the next-gen top-of-the-line Acura sedan will use the company's first V8 engine. This comes at the same time other manufacturers are abandoning new V8 engine programs due to falling sales and high fuel prices. No doubt Honda's answer to the V8 question will be something at least slightly different than what we've seen from Infiniti and Lexus.
The latest head scratcher may well be the biggest of all. Since it's debut, the BMW X6 has had many of us pondering why it exists. Apparently the team at Acura understands, since they have created a "sport activity coupe"/crossover thingy of their own. The X6 hasn't exactly been flying off dealer lots in the U.S. since it went on sale six months ago, so the obvious question is why make another? We certainly don't know the answer, but judging by this prototype with an Acura shield grille visible under the camo that was spotted recently at the Nürburgring, Honda does. Thanks to Luke for the tip!

[Source: GlobalMotors.com]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm torn because although I know that I fundamentally dislike everything the X6 is, I can almost see a reason for it. Part of me likes the raked bold styling and tall yet sporty stance, like its not just crossing terrain but devouring it. The main drawback is that its too big, but for someone that only requires the practicality of a coupe but needs or prefers the capability to cross terrain, it does in fact make sense. Its one of those love/hate things...
      • 6 Years Ago
      No! Bad Acura! Gotta wonder how that decision was made.

      Acura Exec 1: "Hey you see that new BMW car/mommywagon thingy that has no clear purpose or reason to exist?"
      Acura Exec 2: "Yeah we should make one!"
      Acura Exec 1: "But we already have 2 mommywagons about that size"
      Acura Exec 2: "People buy our rebadged Civics so why not this too?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        WOW, this dumb-ass comment system cut off my post for drawing a heart with a less than sighn and a 3 :'(

        This is why I LOVE Autoblog.com!!!

        BTW... that $50,000 AWD Accord is a bargain as well ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      If that really is a wagon/avant trim under there I could see a point in a luxury Outback/Allroad/XC70 kind of way.

      The X6 would have made sense if it were Avant-esque like a raised M5 touring.

      But a tall sedan? Like these guys said, I don't expect them to fly off dealer lots.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I love all the words tossed around to avoid calling a station wagon a station wagon. Like the Ford Flex. Slap wood panels on it and its 1965 all over again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who needs an SUV that has less space than Toyota iQ?

      ps!I think the correct source is: GlobalMotors. NET

      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not a bimmer fan, but I love the new X6. If fact it is the only BMW I like. It's unique and cool. Too bad I could never afford one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This Acura is gonna look like Crap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So how is that different from any of their other cars?

        Infiniti is the only Japanese luxury make with an appealing and consistent design language.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes little sense. As do most large SUVs which don't have much room, or true off-road utility. High gas prices were finally making the general car-buying public think twice about what they drive, we'll see if the trend continues now that prices have dropped.

      As for Acura, I can't imagine what they were thinking, except that perhaps they need something in a segment that doesn't directly compete with Lexus/Infiniti as those areas are saturated, and Acura has not been as competitive recently as they have been in the past.

      It's time for Acura to get serious and start developing their own platforms along with larger engines and RWD if they want to stay in the luxury game.
      • 6 Years Ago
      X6 = SAV = fat hatchback?

      I'm not a fan of jacked up wagons, but at least this thing will have some utility, unlike the X6.
      • 6 Years Ago
      is it possible that they are already redesigning the RDX?
      • 6 Years Ago
      All of you are misinformed on this one. The vehicle pictured is a test mule for the next NSX. :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      How do the X5 and X6 differ besides for the external design? They seem about the same size to me, so what are the major differences?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The X5 is still useful as a wagon, it's just taller than it needs to be for 99% of its buyers. It's a tall AWD version of the 5 Touring, basically... (yes I know it's more distinct from the 5 Touring than that, the 5 Touring is much more attractively proportioned, but work with me here...)

        The X6 is just... weird. The rake of the hatch makes it mostly useless for cargo (even with the rear seats folded) and it looks WRONG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Um the X6 50i has a turbocharged V-8. That would be a big big difference. The X6 also had a surprisingly good first month of sales and then it all went downhill.
          • 6 Years Ago
          @ Dave, the reason the X6 had strong first month sales and then dropped is simple:

          The few people who the abomination actually appealed to went out and bought it first month. No one else really wants it, so it'll just sit there. It makes true BMWphiles cry.

          It truly is pointless. BMW is getting WAY too many models. Following Mercedes lineup model is NOT a good idea. Way too confusing to your average buyer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        hey dave, check the comment on the acura post you left me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Must be hard, running Acura and the McCain campaign at the same time.
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