Third Tease For Acura's NYC Crossover; to be named MSX?

March 19, 2009

Acura has been releasing a slow stream of teaser images - with no details - of a vehicle that appears to be a low-slung crossover along the lines of BMW's SAC (Sports Activity Coupe), the X6. This third image shows a sloping rear profile even more dramatic than the X6; from this hazy image, it appears alarmingly like the awkward Porsche Panamera sedan with touches of 2010 Toyota Prius in the aerodynamic Kammback profile.

Acura Media via Motor Authority

Acura Media via Motor Authority

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We guess the point here is organic, flowing styling; Acura's new for 2009 TL is a disjointed mess of creases, angles, and a beak-like grille that draws attention in, perhaps, not the best way. Whether this new crossover will offer better utility and storage than the X6 is not known, though we're already concerned about rear seat headroom.

Site Motor Authority reports that MSX might be the name for the new crossover. They also claim it'll be based on the MDX SUV platform, go on sale in 2011, sport an uprated version of Acura's 300 hp 3.7-liter V-6, and be positioned above the MDX with an estimated MSRP between $42,00 and $49,000.

Is seeking new sales in a tiny niche already occupied by the maligned BMW X6 a smart strategy for Acura?

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