• The Acura Precision EV Concept gives a glimpse into the styling of future Acura models.
  • It’s an evolution of the 2016 Precision Concept design language with a focus on electrification.
  • The dual-mode cockpit is designed for both performance and autonomous driving.

    If the Acura is original The concept of accuracy debuting in 2016, it provided a visual roadmap for every future model. Fulfilling that promise has led to today’s tight-knit lineup. Now, that established aesthetic takes on a bright glow in the form of Acura’s Precision EV concept. Much of the style seen here will soon debut on Acura’s all-electric SUVit’s slated to use GM’s Ultium battery platform, which is due to go into production as a 2024 model year.

    The overall design goal of the Precision EV Concept is to demonstrate the flexibility of the future electric vehicle by reimagining Acura’s current styling cues, rather than outright reinventing them. Nowhere is this more evident than the front fascia, where a dazzling light show plays across an illuminated version of the familiar pentagon-shaped grille. While the previous Precision concept was a sedan, the new SUV’s shape is also a nod to changing consumer tastes, though Acura insists future styling cues will translate easily to other body styles.

    Acura designers are said to have taken inspiration from the sculpted contours of luxury motorboats when developing this theme. We especially like the sweeping character line that resembles the V-shaped hull. It looks best from a three-quarter angle from the front, as it curves gracefully from the rear of the body to the A-pillar, merging into a powerful crease along the hood. Less visually attractive is the unfixed chrome strip on the glass, the presence of which seems unexpected.

    Going below the nose, you can see a set of light clusters on either end of the car. They create a chaotic menagerie of shapes, the pattern of which is also reflected on the spokes of the 23-inch wheels. Acura calls the theme “Particle Glitch,” which conjures up images of circuits gone awry. We think the name is a quirky but surprising choice for such a technology-driven concept. Seeing as how these lower parts elements will be submerged below the waterline of the motorboat, perhaps this is a subversively clever way for Acura to continue the nautical theme.

    Inside the cabin, Acura’s next-generation technology is represented by a curved transparent touchscreen atop the dash, accompanied by a smaller transparent display in front of the driver. The yoke-style steering wheel features a cluster of knobs and dials along the hubs.

    As the future of electrification holds both increased performance and the promise of autonomous driving, Acura has created two distinct cabin experiences to suit each end of the spectrum, respectively. “Instinctive Drive” brings out your inner F1 champion by enveloping the space in a cacophony of red lighting and spicy engine sounds. In the Spiritual Lounge, the steering wheel and pedals retract, both displays become fully transparent, and the seats recline. As passengers are transported to their destination, soothing aromas and sounds waft through the cabin, while dreamy images of the ocean are projected onto the surface. What is the opposite of sensory deprivation tank?

    When developing this split personality, lead designer Gypsy Modina talked about creating an environment that could immerse all five senses, although we wonder how taste factors into the equation. It could be the use of 100 percent biomass leather on the seats, which admittedly looked quite appetizing. In addition to an extreme exploration, the interior is also an exploration of sustainable materials that still convey a premium feel. Recycled aluminum and plastic are used extensively throughout the cabin.

    While it’s unlikely that many of the interior elements will go into production anytime soon, the exterior design of the Precision EV Concept strongly hints at a road-going model in the near future.

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