Acura started its brand transformation with the launch of the second-generation NSX. Now, it looks to continues that momentum, and built on its refocusing on performance, with the launch of the entirely new RDX crossover.
While the RDX unveiled at this month’s Detroit Auto Show is technically a prototype, it is very close to the production version that will arrive later this spring. It boasts styling cues previewed in Acura’s Precision Concept with sharp lines along with a low and wide athletic stance.
Replacing the current models V6 will be a 2.0-liter DOHC VTEC Turbo engine a class exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. Acura is also brining its torque-vectoring super-handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) system back to the RDX. Adaptive dampers are available and the driver will be able to select from a range of driving models, including Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Snow.
Perhaps the biggest story is the new RDX’s interior. For starters, it boasts a wider track and longer wheelbase which lends a more spacious interior. An ultra-wide panoramic sunroof is standard, adding an airy feel to the cabin. Plus, 16-way power seats, Napa leather, brushed aluminum, and open-pore Olive Ash wood, all add to the RDX’s comfortable and posh surroundings.
Technology is also a big focus in the new RDX. It features a completely new touchpad interface that’s powered by Android, is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and features a 10.2-inch full HD display. A 16-speaker, 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D sound system by Panasonic is also available and includes thin speakers mounted in the ceiling to provide more immersive sound.
The new Acura RDX hits showrooms by mid-2018 and should start around $40,000. Additional specs and pricing will be released closer to launch.