The new Acura CDX crossover has been unveiled at the 2016 Beijing auto show, and is the first model from the brand to be designed with China in mind.

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Believed to be based on the Honda HR-V, the new CDX slots in underneath the Pilot-based MDX and the CR-V-based RDX. The CDX is the first all new Acura model to come out after the Precision Concept, which debuted the brand's new styling direction.

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Like the MDX update unveiled at the 2016 New York auto show, the CDX features the marque's new pentagonal grille. Behind the unmissable grille is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The company has yet to provide power, torque, performance and fuel economy figures for the CDX. When used in the new tenth-generation Honda Civic, the 1.5-litre turbo EarthDreams engine develops 127kW of power and 220Nm of torque.

That's a step up from the 105kW/172Nm rating of the 1.8-litre mill used in Australia-bound versions of the HR-V, not to mention the naturally aspirated 1.5-litre i-DSi engine available overseas.

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The Acura CDX is said to be a China-only model for now, and will be produced by the company's joint venture Guangqi Honda. Sales begin in China from July.