Honda's luxury division, Acura, is going through some interesting times. 

While the ILX is "meh" at best and the TLX doing OK, its sport-utility vehicles are really running the show for the Japanese auto manufacturer. The RDX and MDX are the kings of the castle, essentially.

So, now what?

Well, it turns out that Acura is considering shipping the U.S. market the CDX, which debuted at Auto China 2016. It's a compact SUV that would square up against the likes of the Lexus NX, BMW X1, Audi Q3, Infiniti QX30, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, etc. Sounds like a good idea, but you have to remember there's still room at the top of the product portfolio for a big daddy, seven seat SUV. 

If you a part of the suits making this type of decision for the American market, what would YOU do? Go with a compact SUV or wade into Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX territory?

What say you, Spies?

...Ikeda says bringing the CDX to the U.S. “is not as simple as just shipping it over here” due to different regulatory requirements for new vehicles in the U.S. and China. But “it’s on the table…it’s in discussion...

...Since the discontinuation of the ZDX coupe-like CUV in ’13, Acura has had just two CUV models in the U.S., the RDX and larger MDX, so Ikeda says the brand is exploring derivatives of existing models to grow its presence in the sector. A large CUV with a more spacious third row than that of the MDX is an example of one possible model, but he says the brand needs to be mindful of its performance and luxury direction...

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If YOU Were An Acura Executive, Would You Ship The U.S. Market A COMPACT SUV Or A LARGE 7-Seat SUV?

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