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2010 Acura ZDX

2010 Acura ZDX

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•    What is it? Acura’s take on the BMW X6
•    The basics: V-6 power, AWD, and plenty of luxury as standard
•    On sale: This winter
•    Price: Between $40,000 and $46,000 (est.)

MORE: 2010 Acura ZDX photos, specifications, pricing and related news

Toyota's Venza is fresh on the market, and BMW is rapidly spooling up production of the 2010 5-series GT, but the 2010 Acura ZDX may end up beating the German to market with today's announcement of sales to start this winter.

Back in April, we brought you the unveiling of the ZDX Prototype at the 2009 New York Auto Show, though even then it was known to be a thinly-veiled production model.

Now production of the ZDX has a fairly solid timeline and a three-tiered set of trims. The most luxurious is called the ZDX with Advance Package, and promises 'ultra premium' features and accommodations. The middle model is the ZDX with Technology Package, and the standard ZDX rounds the range out. All ZDX variants will come with a hgh level of standard equipment, however, including Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, iPod integration and a panoramic glass roof.

The Technology Package adds several key features including a navigation system with voice recognition, a premium audio system and a reversing camera. The Advance Package, meanwhile, boasts additional goodies such as a blind spot information system, a collision mitigating braking system, and adaptive cruise control.

Powering the ZDX is the same 3.7-liter V-6 found in the 2010 Acura RL sedan, rated at 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed paddle-shifted automatic gearbox and routed through Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system for better handling and all-weather capability.

As for the dynamic capabilities of the ZDX, the new model comes with an Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which tailors the fully independent suspension's Active Damper System and speed-sensitive steering together to suit either ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’ settings.

Pricing and further details are yet to be released, but Acura says the ZDX will slot between the MDX and RL when it goes on sale in a few months, putting it in the $40,000-$46,000 price range. Mileage is EPA estimated at 16/22 mpg for the city/highway cycles and the ZDX can hold up to 21 gallons of fuel.

We're driving the 2010 Acura ZDX for the first time today in New York City: watch this space for updates via CoverItLive, or follow us on Twitter @carconnection #acurazdx:

 
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