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2019 RDX Prototype Represents Acura's Most Complete Redesign

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The 2019 Acura RDX Concept had its world premiere at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The display gave us a glimpse of the new design, advanced technology and luxury features of the five-car SUV. spaces which is expected to launch later this year. The 2019 Acura RDX is an all-new remake from top to bottom. It will be the first Acura model that fully embodies the brand's new design language in Acura's sophisticated concept.

Lighter & Bigger

Power & Performance

Interior design

Cabin technology

Production & In Person

2019 Acura RDX Prototype Gallery

Lighter & Bigger

The third generation RDX was designed on a lighter platform with a reinforced body. The 2019 RDX will mark the return of Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) to the RDX, giving it a smooth torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. The new system offers a 40% increase in peak torque capacity over the current SH-AWD system.

“Combine that with our new powertrain, stiffer body and chassis, and improved steering, and you have: hands down, the fastest, best-handling RDX ever,” said Jon Ikeda, Vice President & General Manager of the Acura Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The RDX prototype also features a wider track (increased by 1.2 inches), a longer wheelbase (gained by 2.5 inches) and a shortened front overhang. The wheels were pushed into corners, according to Acura. In addition, the 2019 RDX will be the first Acura SUV presented in A-Spec trim for a sportier style inside and out.

Power & Performance

The RDX is driven by a new factory direct-injected 2.0-liter, 16-valve engine. The engine features a low inertia mono-scroll turbo, DOHC VTEC valve system and a Variable Timing Twin Cam (Dual VTC) system. All that alphabet soup translates to 40% more low-end torque than before. Paired with the new engine is a 10-speed automatic transmission, a first in the segment. If you opt for all-wheel drive for your RDX, you'll get the next generation of Acura's aforementioned SH-AWD, with a new rear differential and a 150 percent increase in peak torque capacity over the old RDX.

An adaptive damping system is available and is linked to the NSX-inspired Integrated Dynamics System. The IDS system offers four distinct driving modes: Sport, Sport+, Comfort and Snow. There is a drive mode selector placed high in the center console.

Photo: Honda North America.

Interior design

Speaking of the interior, it's roomier, more sophisticated and more tech-savvy than before. The center console is a floating design inspired by the Acura Precision Cockpit. The sports seats are fitted with a matching sports steering wheel. Interior details are 'contemporary' with authentic high quality materials including Nappa leather, brushed aluminum and open pore olive ash.

The passenger cabin is larger thanks to the RDX's longer wheelbase with space for five. Acura claims cabin space is best in class, as is rear legroom and cargo space. The front seats are heated and ventilated, and Acura has used softer, more durable full-grain Nappa leather. 16-way power settings for driver and front passenger are standard, and all models feature a sliding panoramic sunroof.

“Our engineers conducted thousands of hours of research to create a driver-centric approach that is first of its kind and distinctly Acura,” explained Toshiaki Mikoshiba, President & CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. This new RDX is the most comprehensive Acura redesign in over a decade and a powerful indication of things to come."

Cabin technology

Everything is controlled by Acura's new True Touchpad interface. It features an Android-based operating system projected onto a 10.2-inch dual-zone Full HD display. The True Touchpad interface combines the advantages of conventional touchscreens and remote approaches, according to Acura. A new natural language voice recognition system is also making its debut. It is said to improve the ease and intuitiveness of in-vehicle voice commands. An interactive heads-up display (HUD) is also available.

“Acura's new user interface will be a huge step forward for our customers,” noted Mikoshiba. "But that's just one aspect of a new dynamic and premium cabin experience."

And to top it off, there's a totally boss stereo system. The 2019 RDX prototype uses four ultra-thin ceiling-mounted speakers connected to a 710-watt, 16-channel Acura ELS Studio 3D system. The stereo was developed by Panasonic and tuned by Grammy-winning music producer and longtime Acura partner Elliott Scheiner.

2019 Acura RDX Prototype at the North American International Auto Show, Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan.

Production & In Person

All RDX models for the North American market will be built in East Liberty, Ohio, with engines produced in Anna, Ohio, and 10-speed automatic transmissions manufactured in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Designed, developed and built right here in America, the 2019 RDX will arrive in dealerships in mid-2018.

In the meantime, the vehicle is on display at the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center, downtown Detroit. The show officially opens to the public on Saturday 20 January.

“What you're about to see isn't just the right product for where we're taking the Acura brand; it's the right product at the right time for today's market,” said Mikoshiba.

Tony Borroz has spent his whole life racing vintage cars and sports cars. He is the author of

Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle.

2019 Acura RDX Prototype Gallery

Photos & Source: Honda North America.


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