UPDATE: You can now read our first review of the 2019 Acura RDX

Introduced as a thinly disguised version of the eventual production model, the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The vehicle previews the upcoming third generation of Acura’s compact crossover SUV. The 2-row, 5-passenger RDX will boast a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

This latest RDX is based on a new Acura exclusive platform that promises a stiffer structure and improved dynamics thanks to an all-new chassis setup. The 2019 Acura RDX will also mark the return of Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) to the model range, a system that incorporates torque vectoring to all four corners. Also new is the Acura True Touchpad Interface, a clean slate design that the division says incorporates the best elements of a touchscreen with a remote interface.

“The all-new RDX delivers a powerful statement about who we are and where we are headed as a brand,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “For our customers, the new RDX is a quantum leap forward in design, style and performance, with luxury features and technology that will elevate their ownership experience.”

All-new look

The exterior design embodies the flowing body lines first seen in the Acura Precision Concept. The RDX sports an all-new 3D grille like the one introduced on the recently redesigned TLX. It’s flanked by LED headlamps which along with a large lower intake gives the front end an aggressive stance. Curved character lines in the hood and along the rocker panels contribute to the muscular contours of the body on this compact crossover. The RDX rides on a wheelbase that’s 2.5 inches longer than its predecessor and it has a 1.2-inch wider track. Interior room is maximized by having shorter front and rear overhangs.

Inside, the redesigned interior on the prototype is fitted with Nappa leather, brushed aluminum and Olive Ash wood accents and features a large 10.2-inch center-mounted touchscreen that dominates the dash. The rotary control and secondary switches along with the shift buttons for the automatic transmission are nestled at the head of the center console.

While Acura didn’t provide specific output figures for the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, it promises that the engine will deliver 40 percent more torque, which will enable it to take advantage of the 10-speed automatic transmission to provide better performance and fuel economy. The 2019 Acura RDX will also offer a sporty A Spec variant for the first time when it is introduced later this year. Pricing and the on-sale date will be announced later.

2018 Acura RDX Prototype Exterior and Interior Pics


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