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Old 07-15-2019, 12:38 PM
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I was going more by the space between the back of the wheel-opening and the front door, but, then again, here is some front-overhang that appears to be FWD.

Past Acura Legends (1990s) have had a longer front and more steering-wheel to axle ratio for the engine was longitudinal/north-south, like Audi models in it's front-drive setup. Later generations (RL and RLX) received the more common transverse/east-west setup. Same with a Honda Prelude from the 1990s, which has a long-hood and far steering-wheel to axle ratio, as that may have also had a north-south engine/FWD setup.

Then again, the latest Volvo sedan and wagon models (S90 V90, S60 & V60) have proportions that appear RWD, with a long hood and longer steering-wheel to axle ratios and shorter front overhangs, and these are FWD-bias transverse setups, although most are AWD.
The new Mazda 6 and even 3 do their best to make this impersonation as well and they look great.

I wonder why the Legend and Prelude used a Fwd North-South arrangement. Almost jokingly, was this honda's irresolution with developing a mass market Rwd setup?
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:33 PM
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...I wonder why the Legend and Prelude used a Fwd North-South arrangement....
Prelude was transverse.
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The 5th-generation Honda Prelude (1996-2001) looked like it had a longitudinal engine arrangement, for the nose was long and it had a sizable dash to axle ratio.

Yes, the most current Mazda sedans, the Mazda6 and Mazda3 are worked with elegant proportions for a transverse-engine/FWD setup. Mazda is developing a new, larger RWD platform with an in-line six for more upmarket models, recent reports have indicated.

Also, two generations of the Chrysler LH platform are FWD with a longitudinal engine setup, but these had a cab-forward design-theme, which ended when the RWD LX began.

Now, with all these BEV vehicles coming from many manufacturers, it seems like anything goes, design-wise. Regarding the Acura model(s), we'll know within a month!
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It's a good thing all that effort towards stretched RWD proportions is resulting in higher sales for Mazda...

Wait...

That said, I think the seemingly lengthened wheelbase here looks nice (still some front over hang). I think under sized wheels and cheap rims are a much bigger problem at Acura that the normal buyer actually notices. This looks marginally improved over the current TLX which looks like it rides on stilts outside of the A spec trim.
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I was going to say that for all of Mazda's effort, its a shame better sales aren't realized.
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Mazda's sales are down 15%.
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Mazda, the next company to do a Suzuki/Isuzu in the US marketplace.
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Or a niche player like Subaru
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:31 PM
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Or a niche player like Subaru
There probably isn't time, but Mazda could have been so good for FCA. Reskin their crossovers as Dodges or Chryslers and the magic could still happen. Marchionne was a moron and so is Manley.
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Mazda, the next company to do a Suzuki/Isuzu in the US marketplace.
I have a hard time believing they're that close to the brink, even with sales down. Suzuki and Isuzu were no shock with they left because they had a nearly non-existent lineup, in both cases. Same can't be said for Mazda, especially since they've just partnered with Toyota on a new crossover, which will be built here in the US: https://www.carscoops.com/2019/07/to...ge-engineered/
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