2024 Acura ZDX EV SUV Unveiled: 500 hp 325-Mile Range
If you remember the Acura Precision, the concept from last year out of its Torrence, California design studio, then you’ll recognize this SUV. It’s the 2024 Acura ZDX EV, the first all-electric stab from Acura. The Japanese automaker has done a respectable job of disguising that underneath it’s all GM. Still, there are many similarities to its 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV sibling.
It’s unfortunate Acura chose to revive the ZDX name, as it’s associated with the previous coupe-y monstrosity from years back. Still, this new ZDX will hopefully erase the image of those mostly forgotten SUVs. Since the new ZDX is mostly Chevrolet Blazer, which uses the GM BEV3 Ultium platform, its specs mirror that. This means a 102kWh battery and 190 kW fast charging. The range is also identical, at around 325 miles, but with the optional all-wheel drive, that number gets slightly lower.
What trims does the 2024 Acura ZDX have?
Acura will offer the ZDX in two trims, the A-Spec with rear-wheel drive, and the Type S with all-wheel drive. Besides this difference, the Type S gets 22-inch alloy wheels to the A-Spec’s 20-inch. The Type S also loses some fascia trim but gains a light-up grille surround and some extra paint options. To that point, realize you’re looking at a three-tone paint scheme, something we really haven’t seen since the 1950s.
Inside, you’ll see the Blazer EV steering wheel and controls. There are two screens, with one for the driver with digital gauges, and a separate 11-inch infotainment screen bonked into the middle of the dash, for a total of 22 inches. The layout is similar for both EVs, but the ZDX wins for better design with a cleaner, more sophisticated, and also more integrated look, eliminating some of the clunkiness of the Blazer EV.
What technology will the Acura ZDX have?
Acura is adding Google connectivity which includes Google Maps and Google Play. A Bang & Olufsen audio system and AcuraWatch 360+, its driver assist and safety technology. It comes with, among other features, Hands-Free Cruise and Automatic Parking Assist.
The S Type suspension gets some tweaks from the standard A-Spec multi-link sprung suspension. It features an air spring suspension that has an adjustable height system, along with adaptable shocks. The Brembo brakes are better too, with six-piston calipers grabbing the three-inch larger brake rotors, at 15.6 inches. And those are riding inside the 22-inch wheels versus the A-Spec 20s.
How much, and when will it be available?
Acura will make it easier for ZDX owners to navigate the requisite home charging market. It will have its Acura Home Electrification website, with pre-vetted installers local to the buyer listed, to simplify that part of EV ownership. It is also offering charging network options to help find fast charging at reasonable costs.
Pre-orders won’t begin until late in 2023. Deliveries start sometime in the first part of 2024. Pricing has not been announced, but Acura says the base price should fall around $60,000, moving into the $70,000+ range for a ZDX Type S laden with options.