The full production-spec of the RDX was launched at last month’s Chicago Auto Show but already, the 2013 Acura RDX is set to arrive in dealerships very soon. In fact, it will start selling next month, with a starting price of $35,305 (which includes destination costs). Acura revealed that production of the new model has begun this week.
The second generation model will be rolled out together with the Honda Crosstour and CR-V crossovers from the East Liberty, Ohio plant. Production was moved there from the Marysville, Ohio plant, which built the first generation Acura RDX compact utility vehicle beside the Acura TL and Honda Accord.
Acura announced that most of the new car will use U.S.-made components such as engines built in nearby Anna, Ohio, and transmissions that come from Russells Point, Ohio. Honda is about halfway through an expansion and retooling of the East Liberty plant that has a total cost of about $166 million.
Honda aims to cope with the rising demand for the CR-V while this also makes the plant more efficient. Honda is hopeful that the demand for the Acura RDX will also improve as consumers look at the redesigned model.
The RDX was designed to be simpler. The company removed the previous model’s intricate and costly turbocharged four-cylinder engine and torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Instead, the vehicle gets a far less complicated but more potent 3.5-liter V-6 (which also offers better fuel economy) as well as a simplified all-wheel drive setup.