We're not saying Acura should off their Concept SUV-X for sale as-is, we're just saying we'd like to see Acuras that are interesting to look at on the outside, rather than just being packed full of technology on the inside. Revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Concept SUV-X joins other compact high-rollers like the MG CS concept as an entrant for China's compact SUV segment.

But this won't be a concept forever. Acura says that the SUV-X is the precursor to a production offering from the brand in China that will come "in about three years." A presser below sheds a little more light on this and the Chinese version of the RLX that will go on sale in a few months, and there's a short video detailing some of the concept's finer points, as well.

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Acura Exhibits World Premiere of the "Acura Concept SUV-X" at Auto Shanghai 2013

SHANGHAI, China, April 20, 2013 – Acura today exhibited the world premiere of a design concept model, the Acura Concept SUV-X, at Auto Shanghai 2013 (the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, press day: April 20, public days: April 23 - 29).

Acura Concept SUV-X
The Acura Concept SUV-X is a global concept vehicle for a small SUV developing primarily for the Chinese market. This is the first time for Acura to introduce the world premiere of a concept model outside of North America. Emotional and sharp styling and driving performance, together with the environmental performance of a small vehicle and excellent utility of an SUV are all fused together at a high level in this vehicle. Acura is planning to begin local production and sales in China of a mass-production model based on this concept vehicle for its market in about next three years.

Introducing Acura RLX to go on sale in June 2013
Acura announced the Chinese version of the Acura RLX, a luxury flagship sedan which will go on sale in China in June 2013. Excellent maneuverability and comfort are pursued through the adoption of a number of advanced technologies including a newly-developed 3.5L direct-injection SOHC i-VTEC® V6 engine and Precision All-Wheel Steer™, the world's first technology that achieved both outstanding turning performance and vehicle stability.

At Auto Shanghai 2013, Acura also exhibits the NSX Concept, the next-generation super sports model which was exhibited at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January.

Comment by Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
"We are planning to produce the mass-production model of the Acura Concept SUV-X locally in China. With the hope that our Chinese customers will more closely feel the values offered from Acura, we will begin preparing for the start of the local production. In China, where dynamic growth continues, both Acura and Honda will keep up our efforts to enhance products and technologies that will offer new joys of mobility to our customers."

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      So at what point will they realize they're not doing it right? What is it going to take? Is it just a room full of yes men or do they actually like these designs? No one here seems to like it (posts over negative posts on various of Acuras bad designs), so is it just us? Somewhere the link is broken. Hopefully the RLX sales will wake them up.
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      Hideous mess. I've seen it all before.
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      Honda/Acura should fire their entire design group and start over. For over 10 years they've produced hit and mostly miss designs. All the more disappointing considering the nice designs they turned out back in the 20th century. I was hopeful the tide had turned with the recent Accord and RDX designs but if this hideous mess is the future direction they're still lost.
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      Oh Honda... how far you have fallen.
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      Mazda tried this years ago, they moved on to greener pastures. Of course Acura will show up to the party late, drunk, and wearing someone else's dirty clothes. Looks like this company needs to hire some new people to design it's cars. The current staff hasn't just dropped the ball, they cut their own hands off! #fail!
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      what the hell is this POS??? Are these japanese totally losing their common sense and any design abilities? Horrible looking!
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        I hate to say it, but I believe most, if not all of Acura's recent plague of hideous designs have come out of their Torrance, California design studio. Nevertheless, Honda and Acura are indeed Japanese, and the final approval of their designs no doubt comes from their HQ in Japan.
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      No it's not where the brand should be going. Over styled, fussy, grotesque, little presence.
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      Looks like the ill-received Nagare design by Mazda a few years back. That was so unsuccessful and I cannot imagine Acura wants to go that way too..not a good idea.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks great. I've come to the conclusion that no matter what Acura does, the arm chair car designers of Autoblog will not be satisfied.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The beak lives! Nooo!
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