Honda Ridgeline, Acura car to debut at Detroit auto show

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Acura Precision Concept Teased, Debuts at 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Determined to once again prove that the Germans don’t have a lock on deeming their creations “precise,” Acura calls back to its caliper-waving origin with the new Precision Concept for the Detroit auto show.

Teased here before its official reveal next month, Acura claims the new car will “help set the direction for future Acura design; in particular, the next generation of performance-luxury sedans.” The supplied rendering includes no door shutlines, but given the above sentence, we’re inclined to believe the concept will be a four-door coupe of some sort. Inc. said Friday it will reveal its new 2017 Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup and the Acura Precision Concept next month at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A pronounced character line makes a big impression on the car’s bodysides, while the bodywork is flared over the wheelarches to produce an even more planted stance.

Acura vice president Jon Ikeda describes the concept as, “a road map for where our design is headed,” saying that, “We have to show performance in the way our vehicles are styled.” Though sales of Acura sedan models are up 20 percent year-over-year so far in 2014, they have been clearly overshadowed by the company’s crossovers in terms of sales importance. Fans can watch a livestream on Honda’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/Honda. “We developed this new Honda Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better-suited to the way many buyers use their truck,” Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, said in a statement. “Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda from incredible packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative, segment-first features.” The Ridgeline was designed and developed at Honda’s Torrance, California, design studios and at its new-vehicle development center in Raymond, Ohio.

Of course, the brand would also do well to create a new rear-wheel-drive-based platform and offer its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 from the NSX supercar in any car aimed at the established European luxury automakers. Introducing the sketch to media assembled in Detroit, Acura general manager Jon Ikeda called attention to the “unmistakable proportions” of the long hood. Acura design boss Dave Marek calls the company’s core DNA “precision crafted performance,” and says that the goal is to more strongly express performance through design.

Speaking to C/D later in the evening, Ikeda told us that it was important to the brand that these classic luxury-sedan proportions aren’t just an illusion. The Ridgeline, with a short pickup bed and features such as a dual-action tailgate and in-bed trunk, was produced beginning in 2005 as a 2006 model through mid-2014. What might be most interesting about the new concept is that it actually has a name, last seen on a production Acura product in the form of the late, beloved Integra.

It would seem, then, that Acura’s top executive is teeing up the same sweeping overhaul that the brand’s chief designer Dave Marek hinted at when we asked about the Integra back in 2014.

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