Consumers seem to always want more SUVs, but they’re not the only ones – auto dealers too. Even if manufacturers answer the call in many cases, it is not enough for some.
According to the site Automotive News, the Honda Dealer Advisory Council in the United States is starting to push for the Japanese automaker to add a full-size SUV to the lineup that would come above the Pilot.
The latter, whose current generation dates from 2016, will be renewed soon. And it’s been two years since Honda gave it a “little” brother, the sporty Passport.
Although the Pilot is one of the most spacious mid-size SUVs in its class, the American dealer group would like another model that can directly compete with the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe of this world.
In addition, they are asking for the addition of an all-wheel-drive sedan, because this type of car is on the increase at the moment. The Subaru Legacy, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Kia K5 and Mazda3 offer such a system now, but the Honda Accord and the Civic do not. If only for the northern United States (and Canada), many drivers would be happy too.
Same story with Acura
Honda’s luxury division, whose two SUVs alone account for just over 70% of sales, should follow suit as well. The Acura Dealer Advisory Council in the United States is advocating for a subcompact SUV positioned below the popular RDX as well as a full-size SUV that is more spacious than the MDX.
The second, remember, has just been completely redesigned for 2022 and is starting to arrive today in showrooms across the country.
An “RDX baby” would certainly be a good way for Acura to increase sales by attracting new customers soon after launch. On the other hand, a large luxury SUV Acura that would battle with the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS might have more difficulty winning.
On the sidelines of the launch of the new TLX 2021 last spring, the brand director in Canada, Emile Korkor, explained to us that Acura must prioritize and above all consolidate its fundamental elements – cars and compact and mid-size utility vehicles as well as performance models – before exploring new segments.
In short, we must probably put aside additions to the Acura range in the near future, but in the longer term, that could change. Moreover, among the two electric SUVs that GM will manufacture for Honda from the end of 2023, one is likely to be sold under the Acura banner.