Acura's Precision EV Concept Previewed at Monterey Car Week

Acura unveiled a design study of what its future electric vehicles might look like in Monterey.
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
unveiled its Precision EV Concept at Monterey Car Week as a sneak peek of its next-generation EV design language, per a
press release
issued by the automaker.

A 'design study'

This concept model, created by Acura's Los Angeles design studio, is meant to push the boundaries of Acura design and tech and showcase the automaker's future vision of
electrified vehicles
—including the potential for manual and automated driving experiences.
Of course, what we get probably won't be what we see here. A new all-electric Acura SUV will hit dealer lots in 2024.
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Italian-inspired exterior

Acura Precision EV Concept
expresses the automaker's focus on performance with a wide, athletic stance, expressive silhouette, and sharp character lines dressed in Double Apex Blue with a matte finish. 
The concept was inspired by the elegance, artistry, and harmony of form and function of Italian power boats.

Sustainable race car-inspired interior

The performance-focused interior of the Acura Precision EV Concept displays Acura's idea of an immersive driving experience that stimulates the driver's senses.
The hyper-modern interior features two experiences: an exhilarating Instinctive Drive mode that heightens the performance experience and a calming Spiritual Lounge mode during hands-free autonomous operation. 
It was inspired by the cockpit of a Formula 1 race car with a low driving position, high-performance driver sightlines, and a yoke-style steering wheel.
The interior is built using environmentally friendly and sustainable materials such as marbled recycled plastic trim and 100% biomass leather. 
The aluminum and acrylic were also made from recycled materials, while milled MSC-certified wood was harvested from responsibly managed forests.

A history of design concepts

The Acura Precision EV concept is the third such concept from Acura since 2016.
“The Acura Precision EV Concept gives a sneak peek of our future Dual Experience interior design philosophy,” said Simon Yu, Acura's senior interior designer, in the press release. 
“We want to provide exhilarating performance driving control with a sophisticated and invigorating lounge environment that immerses the driver’s senses.”

Monterey Car Week

Precision EV concept premiered at a private reception during Monterey Car Week on Aug. 18 before being publicly revealed the next day—but it's not the only vehicle that made its debut that week.
Monterey Car Week kicked off Aug. 17 with the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca and concluded with the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Aug. 21.
Vehicles unveiled at the exclusive event include the DeLorean Alpha5, an electrified model inspired by the original DeLorean DMC-12 featured prominently in the Back to the Future series.
Another blast from the past revealed at Monterey includes the Meyers Manx 2.0 Electric. The original Meyers Manx is probably one of the most widely recognized dune buggies in history—and it's getting new life as an all-electric recreational vehicle for 2023.
In more conventional vehicle news, Cadillac unveiled its Cadillac Celestiq, an electric wagon featuring a 55-inch touchscreen display.
MORE: What Cars Have Been Debuting At Monterey Car Week?

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