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Acura Announces Major Lineup Changes Ahead of Detroit Auto Show

2005 Acura NSX

As the North American International Auto Show in Detroit gets closer, automakers are releasing more details about what the public will see when the show officially starts. This morning, Acura’s parent company, Honda, announced its impending changes to the luxury brand’s product line, some of which will debut in Detroit in January. According to a press release, Acura will showcase a new sports sedan, a redesigned RDX crossover and an all-new supercar based on the bygone Acura NSX.

The Acura ILX will be an upscale small car that will launch in spring 2012 and will slot below the TSX as Acura’s entry-level offering. Honda says it will offer three different powertrains, one of which will be the first hybrid offering from the Acura brand.

A prototype of the 2013 Acura RDX will also show its face for the first time, and will represent the compact SUV’s second generation. As of now, there aren’t many details about this new SUV, but if you’re interested in finding out more information, keep your eye out for our coverage of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

The biggest news, though, will be the reinvented Acura NSX concept. Discontinued after the 2005 model year, the Acura NSX was a true sports car that enthusiasts have been grieving for ever since. “The previous NSX was Acura’s brand icon for years,” writes the Detroit Free Press. “It was the first Japanese car to challenge Porsche and Ferrari around the world.”

Again, details about the new NSX are scarce, but more information will likely surface during the Detroit Auto Show. In the meantime, Automobile Magazine estimates that the NSX may enter production in 2015. Autoblog predicts, “we do know that the NSX will take aim at the Audi R8 with a V6 hybrid powerplant mounted amidships and sending power to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.”

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