It's been a long time coming, but Acura has finally broken out of its shell at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS).

You see, we've been making it known for a long time that Acura's styling and product(s) have gone in the wrong direction. Some accused us of harboring hostility and others said we were haters. The reality is we just want to see great products from great companies. What we've been seeing from the "A" brand is anything but.

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It seems like someone at Acura finally heard though. Maybe because the whole industry was making a deafening stink about the company's latest efforts.

At the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Acura debuted an all-new vehicle dubbed the Precision Concept. And for the first time in a long time we're seeing what Acura is capable of when it thinks outside of the box. The beak is gone and now we're presented with a wide-mouth front grille and some seriously sharp lines — literally sharp, that is. Though it's a four-door sedan this vehicle looks shockingly sporty.

Inside, the vehicle's interior is super simplified but it's clear that the infotainment display finds a new centrally mounted home at the top of the dashboard. Hopefully the wretched two-screen infotainment display commonly used in Honda products doesn't reappear if this makes it to production lines.

Read up on the concept below and check out the latest images. Check back later as we'll be happy to provide you with the best real-life shots!

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Acura's press release follows:

Acura Precision Concept Points to Bold Future for Acura Design

The Acura Precision Concept model made its world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show today, pointing toward a bolder, more distinctive future for Acura vehicle design. The Acura Precision Concept was developed by the Acura Design Studio in California to express the Acura brand DNA of "Precision Crafted Performance."      

"There is no more clear promise for the Acura brand than Precision Crafted Performance," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. "We're committed to infusing this core Acura promise into every facet of our products and every aspect of our relationship with the customer."

With an emphasis on high-contrast details and the intersection of modern, sheer surfaces and muscular, organic sculpting, the Acura Precision Concept communicates Acura's focus on performance and prestige through its ultra-low and wide stance, long dash-to-axle ratio, deeply sculpted surfaces and the debut of a new Diamond Pentagon grille.

"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 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."

The Acura Precision Concept's crouched and athletic stance is further emphasized by its deeply sculpted side surfaces pouring over swelling rear wheel arches covering 22-inch wheels and tires. The forward-looking concept also features signature lighting designs – in front with its Jewel Constellation LED headlights composed of organically arranged fractal elements, and in back with floating LED taillights.

A key design theme, dubbed "quantum continuum," is seen in the seamless transition of materials and structure from the exterior to the interior of the vehicle, which is further highlighted by the absence of a b-pillar. The large door rocker panel flows into the interior side sill, transitioning into a cantilever for the floating rear seats. The rear center high-mounted stoplight becomes an architecture element piercing the rear glass and then flowing down to help form the structure for the metal airfoil shape of the rear headrests.

The elegant and powerful exterior is matched by its dramatic interior design, where cantilevered surfaces meet with striking tones, expressive surfacing and modern detailing. Of particular note are the double-layered instrument panel, the high-contrast front seat surfaces, the ultra-thin "floating" rear seats, evoking the look of modern lounge furniture, and the hand-crafted audio speaker grilles made of exotic wood.

The driver's space is highlighted by a compact, race-inspired, sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) controls, a floating center meter, a driver's head-up display, a cantilevered center stack and an ultra-wide, thin and curved center display screen.

New Acura HMI Concept
The Acura Precision Concept also explores a new approach for Acura's digital human-machine interface (HMI), enabling a more intuitive, advanced and seamless connection between man and machine. The ultra-wide and curved center screen is operated by a floating touch pad suspended on the cantilevered center stack. Upon entry, the system scans each occupant and selects personalized features and functions, including maps, audio and customized vehicle performance settings.

Acura Precision Concept dimensions:

Width 84 inches
Length 204 inches
Height 52 inches
Wheelbase 122 inches
Wheel/Tire - 5-spoke machined wheels
- 22-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport Summer Tire

About the Acura Precision Concept

The Acura Precision Concept was created to explore new and challenging ideas for future Acura design, particularly Acura sedans. The concept was created by Acura's California Design Studio under the direction of Acura global creative director, Dave Marek. The exterior design was led by Michelle Christensen, principal exterior designer, with the interior design created under the leadership of John Norman, principal interior designer.  Both Christensen and Norman also played a key role in the creation of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar.

#NAIAS: The Acura Precision Concept Does What We've Been Waiting For — It's Gotten Rid Of THE BEAK And Brings Forward All-New Styling

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