In a recent report out of Automotive News, it has been disclosed that Acura, the luxury division of Honda, is planning to embrace the electric vehicle (EV) trend by transforming some of its most popular models into EVs before 2030. The MDX, RDX, and TLX are among the vehicles that are set to undergo this significant transformation during the second half of the decade.
Acura and its parent company Honda have been relatively slow in their adoption of EV technology in North America. However, this is all about to change with the forthcoming launch of the Honda Prologue, an EV, and its more upscale counterpart, the ZDX. These vehicles represent a strategic step towards electrification. However, Automotive News indicates that Acura’s electrification ambitions do not end here.
According to the publication, Acura is considering adopting Honda’s e:Architecture platform for the next-generation MDX, RDX, and TLX models. By doing so, Acura intends to shift away from gasoline-powered options and make significant strides towards becoming a primarily electric lineup. Honda’s e:Architecture platform, a design by the company, is poised to underpin various upcoming models in the near future.
It’s important to note that neither Acura nor American Honda has officially confirmed these plans. As a result, it’s best to treat this information with caution until official announcements are made.
The MDX is rumored to transition to the e:Architecture platform in 2027, aligning with a full redesign for the vehicle. Moreover, there are intentions to introduce a battery-powered compact crossover around late 2025, which is likely to adopt the same architecture as mentioned earlier. This new model is expected to debut when the current RDX reaches the end of its lifecycle.
In addition to the MDX and RDX, the TLX will also undergo a redesign in 2026. It is expected that a similarly sized EV will replace it, although it will retain the familiar TLX name.
Before these anticipated EV models are introduced, Acura has plans to launch the all-electric ZDX and ZDX Type S. These models will be based on GM’s Ultium electric architecture and are expected to hit the market before the end of 2023. These early releases will provide Acura with an opportunity to test the waters and gauge consumer response to their electric offerings.