2017 acura precision concept – DOC660088
Acura is set to begin taking sales orders for the 2017 Acura NSX early next year, but before it does, it will release its Precision Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. So far we know next to nothing about the Precision Concept, but Acura has blessed us with a teaser image that gives us a little glimpse of what we’ll see come January 12th when we get to see it in the metal.
Dave Marek, Acura’s Global Creative Director, said, “The Acura Precision Concept will signal the stronger and sharper focus of Acura styling on our core DNA we call ’precision crafted performance.’” He went on to say, “It is our intention to more strongly express performance through design and the Acura Precision Concept will serve as the inspiration for the styling and proportion of the next-generation of Acura vehicles, especially for our sedans. ”
So with all that said, let’s take a look at the teaser image and see if we can predict what is to come a month from now. Considering the concept is supposed to showcase Acura’s vision of vehicles to come, this concept should be quite the show stopper.
As most teaser images go, we can’t make out too much of the concept. What we can see is that the front end is rather long, with the passenger cabin located far to the rear. The cabin is far enough back that front passengers would be in the center of the car. As this point, and defining door or window lines have been kept top secret, but we do know the car is supposed to be a sedan. That said, those four doors would be quite large, given the apparent length of the passenger compartment.
There are some muscular design queues on the wheel arches and fenders
There are some muscular design queues on the wheel arches and fenders, but as is the case with most concepts, these heavy lines will clearly be toned down if this design is carried over into any type of production model. It’s hard to say for sure, but I suspect we’ll be seeing a variation of Acura’s “Jewel Eye” headlight design. That center body line, the one that resembles a NIKE swoosh, adds a nice touch to the silhouette. I like the way it travels all the way to the rear, kind of defining the length of the car.
Given the design queues we see in the teaser image; the car likely has a very small deck lid in the rear. It could be possible, however, that Acura has actually designed the car with a rear hatch. I don’t know how likely that is, but with the way the car looks, It could be a possibility. We’ll have to wait until next year to find out for sure, though.
In all honesty, it seems way too early to speculate on what the interior looks like. I am an Acura fan, however, and I particularly love to speculate. I see the interior sharing a lot of design queues from the current RLX sedan. If that is the case, expect to see sewn leather interior, including door and dash panels. I suspect the car will also have a rather simplistic instrument cluster, but as opposed to the previous needle gauge units, I could see Acura following suit with manufacturers like Mercedes . That would mean a purely digital instrument cluster with digital gauges. In the center stack, I expect to see two different display screens. One will be a touch screen panel to control the infotainment system, and the other will be a display for current vehicle information or navigation screens. Chances are these screens will also be used to control any autonomous capability of the car. I could be all wrong, but I really like the interior of the RLX, and it doesn’t seem that far-fetched.
Here we are with another mystery to solve. Nobody outside of Acura’s design headquarters knows what is hidden under that massively long hood. Acura has made it clear that it wants to focus on performance with upcoming models, so I don’t suspect we’ll see a four-banger under the hood. We could see the 3.5-liter engine and hybrid system from the RLX Sport Hybrid. That would give the car 377 horsepower and all-wheel drive, as the engine sits in the current RLX. I think those numbers would probably increase a bit, however, considering Acura’s focus on performance.
Acura has made it clear that it wants to focus on performance with upcoming models
Another option would be a tuned-down variation of the drivetrain used in the new 2016 Acura NSX. As that sits, that drivetrain pumps out 572 horses between the engine and three electric motors. If this drivetrain were selected, I would expect it to be tuned down to somewhere in the 435 horsepower range.
Since I really like to speculate about things like this, I’m going to throw in another unlikely scenario. What if the design we see in that teaser image is actually a Sedan with a rear engine configuration? It’s a bit outlandish I know, but given how long the front end is, and how short the rear is, wouldn’t it make sense for cargo space to be located in the front? I think it would. It would be an interesting design, especially if Acura intends to use this design to influence feature models, but stranger things have happened.
Acura Precision Concept
And, here I am at the end – set to draw up some conclusion out of the pure madness of a not-so-revealing teaser image. In all honesty, the teaser leaves me with more questions than anything, but I suppose that really is the purpose – at least Acura knows we’ll all be watching when this concept lands center stage at 8 a.m. EST on January 12th. And, I guess, that really is the point. Some of the things I’ve said here – like a rear engine configuration, for instance – is sure to draw criticism from purist across the globe. But, some of the idea’s I’ve proposed are the types of ideas that bring change to the auto industry.
Acura has been more than successful lately, as it is about to post its fourth consecutive year of growth in the U.S. That means Acura knows what it is doing, and I’m sure this concept will be a pleasure to see in the metal. I will be attending the Detroit Auto Show, and this will be one of the concepts I visit first. I’m excited to see what Acura is about to unveil. What do you draw from this teaser image? What are your ideas? Hit us up on our Facebook page, or leave your thoughts below. We would love to hear your feedback.
- Sporty design
- Strong body lines
- Rearward sitting cabin
- Just a teaser image
Acura will unveil the Acura Precision Concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 12 at 8:00 am ET, the brand announced today. Created by the Acura Design Studio in California, the Acura Precision Concept will help set the direction for future Acura design; in particular, the next generation of performance-luxury sedans.
“The Acura Precision Concept will signal the stronger and sharper focus of Acura styling on our core DNA we call ’precision crafted performance’,” said Dave Marek, global creative director for the Acura brand. “It is our intention to more strongly express performance through design and the Acura Precision Concept will serve as the inspiration for the styling and proportion of the next-generation of Acura vehicles, especially for our sedans.”
Acura today also announced details of its launch plans for the next-generation NSX supercar, coming to market next spring. Acura is on track to post its fourth consecutive year of U.S. sales growth in 2015, and best sales since 2007, with sales up 6.9 percent through November.