Acura is fast moving towards an electric future, and this is our first glimpse of what we can expect from the Japanese brand. Witness the Precision EV concepta preview of the design language we’ll see on future battery-powered Acura models.
The Precision EV concept is meant to show what we can expect from Acura’s first all-electric vehicle, an SUV that will debut in 2024. The new electric vehicle is prevalent for be built around GM Ultium Electrical Architectureand assembled alongside the Cadillac Lyriq.
The exterior design is striking, combining a straight beltline with evocative curves and contours. Acura says the concept car is “Iinspired by the elegance, artistry and harmony of form and function characteristic of luxury Italian powerboats”, and although I’m not sure I’m picking up a particularly nautical theme for this two-box SUV , it definitely has the sloping fore-bow of a fast sailing vessel.
“The Acura Precision EV Concept is a glimpse of our future direction and continues Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance design language with a modern expression of performance,” said Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director, in a statement. Press release.. “The Acura Precision EV concept will be our North Star as we move into an exciting electrified future, and you’ll see these design cues translate to future production models.”
Of course, it is a concept car, so it is necessary to have a decidedly futuristic interior. The Precision EV concept has the thinnest steering wheel I’ve ever seen in an automotive design, with transparent projection screens for the dash and infotainment center. The concept is described as having two drive modes – Instinctive Drive, the human-driven high-performance setting, highlighted by red interior lighting and advanced instrument readouts, and Spiritual Lounge mode, where the yoke of steering retracts and the interior is bathed in water. -themed blue lighting and, yes, soothing scents.
As Acura’s first electric vehicle, the concept is all about sustainability: the design study’s interior is constructed from recycled plastic, vegan biomass ‘leather’ and wood harvested using certified sustainable techniques.
If you’re in Northern California for Monterey Car Week, you might see the Precision EV concept at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday or on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance lawn on Sunday. If you’re not at Car Week, you’ll be able to see the production application of these design signatures at your local Acura dealership starting with the 2024 model year.