Is the 2019 RDX going to live up to the hype?
We got our first look at the Acura RDX on the Detroit auto show last January 2018, and we liked what we saw. While the model is not scheduled to roll out at least for a few more months, the RDX has been spotted on the road apparently being tested. What these photos show is that the SUV has little camouflage and has many of the prototype’s features.
The RDX seen on the road may be similar to the prototype seen in Detroit, but this version has bigger exterior mirrors, and the rolling stock is more compact. It should be pointed this RDX production does not have the chrome window trim or the fog lamps on the prototype. But bear in mind this RDX is still being tested and may still be modified to match the prototype.
A Big Deal
There is a lot of excitement over the 2019 RDX not just among enthusiasts but also within the company. In terms of sales, the RDX is second only to the Acura MDX, and This is why the model made a big splash in the Detroit auto show.
This new version of the RDX is equipped with 4 cylinder, turbocharged engine and a revamped chassis. Acura hopes these new additions will generate more interest in the product and make it even more attractive to consumers.
Specs and Features
There are still a lot of details being kept under wraps, but there are things about the 2019 RDX that are known.
The platform will be different and made specifically for the RDX. Buyers may choose the Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system from Acura, or they can stick with the standard front wheel drive setup.
Reports also say the adaptive dampers will let you choose between snow, comfort, sport and sport+ modes. It is also being reported that the drivetrain has been upgraded and generates more torque compared to the standard RDX.
There is some speculation as to what Acura will put under the hood, but from all indications it looks like the Honda Accord turbocharged 2L inline 4 will be the one.
The RDX should also end up with 273 lb-ft of torque and 252 HP. Industry observers and analysts also believe the RDX will end up with a ten speed automatic transmission. It is also unlikely another transmission will be provided.
Driver controls have been improved and will include paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
The RDX prototype was well received during the auto show in Detroit, and the pre-production SUV has kept many of those elements. Based on the photos, it’s clear the RDX has maintained the style.
The distinct bumper design elements are present, spanning the accenting vents along the edges. The vent is low and large similar to the prototype, and it also has the pentagon shaped diamond grille common to the RDX.
The headlights are very similar to the auto show prototype, and the eye styling has been preserved. This was part of the production phase and it looks like it’s been kept. The LED accents are evident, and the body has very sharp lines that accentuate its character.
The RDX at the Detroit auto show was notable for its roofline, which slopes at the back of the B pillar. Judging from the photos it seems this styling has also been kept on the RDX being road tested.
What about the Interior?
The photos don’t show the interior of the RDX so it is open to speculation. However it is safe to assume the final product will have many of the features found on the latest Acura TLX. If that is indeed the case, expect the RDX to have an electronic shifter on a center stack, a button filled, 3 spoke steering wheel and analog gauges.
What about Performance?
This pat is hard to confirm until the RDX specs have come out and it’s been thoroughly tested. But with its torque-vectoring rear differential, 2L turbo engine and multiple driving modes, the RDX should do fine.
Acura has not said anything about how much horsepower this line will carry. But expect the increase to be around 40% from the 3.5L v6. This will produce around 279 HP and 252 lb-ft of torque. This is a marked improvement over the current model and should increase interest in the line even more.
The 2019 Acura RDX is expected to be released sometime in late 2018. the base model is expected to retail for under $40,000, while the souped-up SH-AWD model will cost around $50,000 or somewhere in that range.
The RDX is expected to compete with the Volvo XC60, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Infiniti QX50, the BMW X3 and the Buick Envision. The RDX also faces competition from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the Audi Q5.
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