The GM and Honda EV partnership is set to produce a wide array of electric vehicles across both lineups. We’ve spotted the Honda Prologue undergoing testing multiple times, and now GM Authority photographers have captured photos of an Acura ZDX being driven by a GM engineering group.
This Acura ZDX is being benchmarked alongside a lightly-disguised Cadillac Lyriq, which seems to be a Sport variant. The two EVs appear to share the same A-, B-, and C-pillar arrangement, with the Acura building on the overall structure with a unique design. Beneath the camouflage, we can discern a pointy front “grille” similar to that of Acura’s Precision EV Concept, but this ZDX sports a more square-jawed front fascia with a proper front bumper and completely revised air intakes. For now, lighting elements remain a mystery due to a placeholder lighting arrangement.
The side profile of the ZDX shows similarities with the concept with a few notable differences. This production version has a more conservative shape, protruding door handles (unlike the flush-mounted door handles on the Lyriq) and conventional side mirrors.
As for the Cadillac Lyriq in this testing session, the Caddy showcases a unique wheel design, and some altered lower-body effects lightly covered in camouflage. The front fascia gets revised styling, and unique ground effects are highlighted by a mesh-covered lower air intake. These features are all consistent with the specifications of a new Sport variant for the 2024 Lyriq. The Sport will get a new AWD configuration, which signals more performance. For now, it’s unknown if the testing combination of the Lyriq Sport and the Acura ZDX portrays any similarities about the battery or performance of Acura’s Ultium-based EV variant.
Additionally, the ZDX and Lyriq were accompanied by convoy of other electric vehicles, including a Honda Prologue EV, Chevy Blazer EV, GMC Hummer EV Pickup and GMC Hummer EV SUV. This, along with the fact that they were returning to GM’s Milford Proving Ground, further confirms that GM is handling the bulk of the development for the Prologue and ZDX.
Although this was clearly a GM testing process, it’s unknown if there were any Honda or Acura engineering representatives present during the procedure.