This 2019 Acura RDX Prototype Is Almost Production-Ready

2019 Acura RDX. Credit: Newspress USA

Acura’s scene-stealing 2019 RDX prototype is certainly a vision in red and even better, it’s nearly ready to hit the road.

The automaker debuted the nearly-production ready SUV at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.  It’s the RDX’s most extensive redesign in more than a decade and one that’s bound to get you noticed going down the road.

Stylistically, it wholeheartedly embraces the Acura Precision Concept we’ve seen at prior auto shows. It’s more athletic-looking, wider and longer with dramatic angles and a shorter overhang. The brand’s signature next-gen diamond pentagon grille is the front end focal point flanked by next-generation of Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights.

New Platform and Powertrain

The third-generation head-turner rides on a new, lighter, stiffer platform. Acura calls it “exclusive” and if that’s true, it would mean it no longer shares one with the Honda CR-V. Meanwhile, it does drop its V6 in favor of a new powertrain it shares with the Honda Accord. The 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, also shared by the Accord and the Odyssey.  No RDX horsepower or fuel economy numbers yet.

Updated Super-Handling All Wheel Drive is also returning to the RDX. A newly developed rear differential offers a 150 percent increase in maximum torque capacity relative to the outgoing RDX. An available NSX-inspired Adaptive Damper System features Sport, Sport+, Comfort and Snow modes.

Roomier Interior, Panoramic Sunroof, and Panasonic Sound

The new platform gives the RDX more room on the inside, where there is no lack of luxury. Acura outfitted the interior with posh materials including Napa leather, brushed aluminum, and Olive Ash wood. Also look for newly designed 16-way power sport seats with a matching sports steering wheel.

There is more technology as well, with a floating center console inspired by the Acura Precision Cockpit concept. An ultra-wide panoramic sunroof that comes standard.  The prototype also features an optional 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D system developed by Panasonic.

True Touchpad Interface

The 2019 Acura RDX Prototype also debuts a new, Acura True Touchpad Interface infotainment system that uses a touchpad. Drivers can use a light touch to move a cursor around the touchpad or press firmly to make a selection. The Android-based OS can connect to the RDX’s head-up display. A wide, large 10.2-inch display touchscreen sits high above the center console.

A-Spec Trim

The new RDX will also be the first Acura SUV to offer the sporty A-Spec trim when it arrives. More new A-Spec trims are to come on Acura’s core models.

AcuraWatch Safety Technology

All 2019 RDX models will come with the AuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Other available features include the 4G AcuraLink LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot,  a Surround-View Camera System, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Blind Spot Monitoring.

The new RDX is due out in mid-2018 with pricing still to be announced.

Related Review:

2017 Acura RDX Test Drive

Photo Credit: Acura, Newspress USA



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