FrontRunners: Class Act

The Acura ZDX (www.acura.com)—the marque’s oxymoronically labeled four-door sports coupe that debuted as a crossover prototype in April—is now a production vehicle. Available for sale this winter, the ZDX will have a price between the MDX SUV’s ($41,000) and the RL luxury sedan’s ($47,000). Like the MDX, the ZDX will have a 300 hp V-6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The crossover, which was shaped by 25-year-old Michelle Christensen, is the first all-new product from Acura’s design studio in Torrance, Calif. Acura hired Christensen right out of the Art Center College of Design in nearby Pasadena four years ago, after she impressed company officials with the muscle car she had designed for her senior project.

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