Exploring future design themes for its sedans, the Acura Precision concept, which was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, takes an aggressive approach, with sharply defined character lines contrasted by organic sculpting of the body panels. The result is a functional 4-door sedan infused with the sporty looks of Acura’s latest supercar, the NSX.
“The Acura Precision concept is more than simply a concept vehicle; it is a design study model that literally will shape the direction of all future Acura products around our Precision Crafted Performance DNA,” said Dave Marek, Acura’s global creative director. “The Acura Precision concept is the leading edge of a renewed commitment to delivering Precision Crafted Performance in every facet of the product experience and creating a powerful and very exciting direction for the next generation of Acura models.”
Low, Wide Stance
The Acura Precision concept projects its high-performance potential through a low and wide stance coupled with the muscular shape of the body, which has powerful wheel arches covering huge 22-inch wheels and tires. The large pointed grille opening is a new shape called a “Diamond Pentagon” by the designers. It’s flanked by thin headlamp slits filled with LED lights, a styling cue from the current production lineup. The sharp creases in the front carry through the rounded side panels’ lower sills, while the roofline has the sleek profile seen on similar so-called 4-door coupes. Adding to that sleekness is a glass area that has no B-pillar, making the Acura Precision concept a true hardtop.
The concept also integrates both interior and exterior design by using the high-mounted rear stoplight, which is used as an architectural element that pierces the rear glass and flows inside to form the structure of the rear-seat headrests. Other interior design cues include the use of cantilevered surfaces for the armrests and console, a dual-level instrument panel and ultra-thin seats that appear to be floating in the cabin. Among the new approaches include using wood trim for audio speaker grilles.
Primarily a Design Study
The Acura Precision concept was developed as a design study, and as a result there’s no detail on a potential drivetrain. However, the dimensions were released and include a 122-in wheelbase, 204 inches in overall length, a width of 84 inches and a height of 52 inches, which suggests a full-size flagship similar to the 2016 Acura RLX.
The concept was created by Acura’s California Design Studio, with the exterior design team led by Michelle Christensen, the principal exterior designer, and the interior design team directed by John Norman, principal interior designer. Both Christensen and Norman also played a key role in the creation of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar.
So will it become a reality? Only time will tell.
Following the lead of several other luxury brands in recent years, Acura is trying to create a sportier, more exciting brand image. Concept cars such as the Precision concept are a good start, but it’s crucial that more high-performance models — including the new NSX — actually see production if Acura really wants to change minds and opinions. That’s especially true when you consider that Lexus has just rolled out another breathtaking new high-performance coupe, the LC, across the North American International Auto Show floor.