The Google system will be part of the ZDX’s equipment.
It’s too early to tell if the Google environment will be in every trim of the crossover.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard.
Things are looking up for the luxury brand. Acura is currently looking to enter the electric arena with its first-ever ZDX utility vehicle, scheduled to arrive on the market in early 2024… as a 2024 model.
Already, shots of the mock-up prototype have been shown, while the fact that the vehicle is based on the Ultium platform developed by General Motors suggests levels of power, torque, and range similar to those of the American giant’s other electric crossovers, notably the Cadillac Lyriq.
However, it seems that the brand’s very first electric vehicle will share at least one other element with GM’s electric products. Acura’s ZDX will be the brand’s first vehicle to be equipped with features from the Google empire, including applications such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and even Google Play. The wireless functions of the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems will also be integrated as standard on the new electric model.
But back to Google’s contribution, the Google Maps application has been optimized to better plan a journey according to available charging stations. The application can also estimate the recharging time needed to reach the destination and begin battery preconditioning when a DC fast-charging station is available.
Google Assistant, meanwhile, enables the user to perform tasks that would otherwise be impossible to do while driving. Small tasks such as making a call or sending a text to a friend, or changing the cabin temperature, to name but a few.
And, unsurprisingly, remote updates will be part of the formula for the 2024 Acura ZDX and its sportier variant, the 2024 ZDX Type S.