17 March 2009

Honda's X6?

Well, Acura actually. Japanese luxury brand muscles in on BMW’s giant-4x4-coupe game

Acura crossover concept

Anyone else noticing a hell of a lot of X6s on the road? BMW’s massive Sports Activity Coupe Lifestyle Utility Vehicle Thing (or however the hell they designate it) may have been the answer to a question no one asked, but it’s shifting a few units.

And it seems other manufacturers want in on the big coupe-niche pie. Acura – Honda’s luxury brand (think Nissan’s Infiniti or Toyota’s Lexus) has just shown off this shadowy teaser image of its upcoming crossover concept, and it looks damn similar to the X6, with a swoopy, coupe-style roofline, narrow glasshouse and, from what we can see, fat ol’ wheel arches.

The concept is expected to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show later this year, with the production version hitting the streets next year.
 
Not British streets, mind – Honda has never brought its luxury marque to our shores. It could, hypothetically, find its way over here wearing a Honda badge, but that's unlikely. Do we really need another giant 4x4 coupe? Do we need any at all?

In the meantime, own up. Who’s buying all the damn X6s? We know you’re out there somewhere…

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