Acuraís scene-stealing 2019 RDX prototype is certainly a vision in red and even better, itís nearly ready to hit the road.
The automaker debuted the nearly-production ready SUV at this yearís Detroit Auto Show
. Itís the RDXís most extensive redesign in more than a decade and one thatís bound to get you noticed going down the road.
Stylistically, it wholeheartedly embraces the Acura Precision Concept weíve seen at prior auto shows. Itís more athletic-looking, wider and longer with dramatic angles and a shorter overhang. The brandís 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 ďexclusiveĒ and if thatís 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.