Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Acura RDX Prototype accurately previews production model arriving this year

Acura RDX Prototype accurately previews production model arriving this year

The 2019 RDX Prototype is a near production version of the 2019 RDX, which will go on sale later this year. We'll find out more once the production-ready 2019 Acura RDX is revealed later this year before it hits dealerships in the summer.

It's the first Acura SUV to come optional with the brand's sporty A-Spec trim, to be offered from here on in on all core Acura models.

The 2019 Acura RDX returns to its sporty roots with a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

To ensure the engine and transmission are used to their fullest potential, Honda's Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system has also been implemented. The screen is now operated via a touchpad, that is hopefully better than other similar systems, like in the Lexus NX. "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".

The exterior design embodies the flowing body lines first seen in the Acura Precision Concept.

The third-gen RDX gets a new front end that emphasizes Acura's signature pentagon grille filled with a honeycomb mesh. The direct-injection engine-which generates 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque in the Type R and 252 hp and 273 lb-ft in the Accord-has 40 percent more low-end grunt than that of the outgoing RDX and is mapped to deliver more low-end thrust than the revvy Type R. We also expect a hybrid variant in the future. The RDX also has a new performance-tuned chassis.

"This new RDX is the most extensive Acrua re-design in more than a decade", said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president and CEO of Honda, in a press conference at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. Cargo and back-seat space are said to be best-in-class; the second row is plenty roomy, in terms of head- and legroom, for adults to sit comfortably.

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Looks like: The RDX found the keys to the gym; it's more muscular and appears more substantial all-around, calling to mind the Mazda CX-5.

In years past, Acura might have wanted to use the bigger and more expensive MDX model to usher in a major shift in direction for the brand, but the RDX slots into a compact segment that is drawing a flood of new buyers - along with an onslaught of new competitors.

The system is created to combine the advantages of both conventional touchscreen and remote-based approaches. According to Acura, this is a new interactive heads-up display, which is atop the center console and is close to the driver's natural line of sight. For instance, a tap on the top left corner of the touchpad corresponds precisely with the action on the top left of the center display. Now of course a remote interface does solve this, but Acura says the interaction between a remote and display is often clumsy, but that's not the case with this new Acura True Touchpad Interface.

Likely to start in the mid-$30,000 range, the RDX comes with standard driver-assist and safety systems like collision mitigation, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Acura's senior engineer of user interface research, Ross Miller, stated that "absolute positioning transforms the touchpad experience, making it personal, intuitive and particularly well-suited for premium, driver-centric, performance machines".

Other improvements in the cabin include a 16-channel, 710 watt Acura ELS Studio 3D audio system.

All 2019 RDX models will come equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Acura will also make available its AcuraLink subscription services with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a surround-view camera system, ultrasonic front and rear parking sensors, and a blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert system.

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