Saturday, February 21st 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

Earlier this month, Honda executive vice president John Mendel suggested that Acura is considering its own version of the small HR-V crossover, which would slot beneath the RDX. However, Mendel didn’t exactly confirm the HR-V-based model is actually underway. Now, Auto Guide reports that Honda has filed a trademark for the CDX name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under “automobiles and their structural parts” category. Given the name has a common structure with the brand’s SUV nomenclature, the most likely candidate to assume it’s for is an Acura-badged crossover. With an HR-V-based Acura already in the rumor mill, it’s safe to assume Honda’s luxury brand is indeed working on a mini SUV.

Further backing this scenario is the fact that the compact crossover market is arguably the hottest in the auto industry right now, with more and more automakers going for a piece of the action. I don’t expect to find the Acura CDX in showrooms by the end of the year, but it could arrive sometime in 2016. For now, the brand is probably still studying the feasibility of selling a smaller crossover, while also trying to figure out whether the HR-V needs a more powerful drivetrain to go with the trademark Acura beak.

Note: 2016 Acura RDX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Honda’s new CDX nameplate.

Honda Trademarks "CDX" Name originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 21 February 2015 23:00 EST.

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