2012 Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Acura RDX unveiled with a ‘prototype’ flavor

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 9, 2012

Acura revealed today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show the prototype version of the 2013 RDX, the second generation five-passenger crossover SUV. Set to make its debut in Spring 2012 along with the Acura ILX, the 2013 RDX will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 273 horsepower (33 more than the outgoing model) and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter.

Although it is not yet official, Acura expects the new RDX to deliver a fuel consumption of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. These numbers will make the front-wheel-drive models of the 2013 RDX the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered luxury SUV in its class.

Regarding the design, the 2013 Acura RDX exterior was updated and features a more aerodynamically efficient body with a longer hood and styling that is more elegant and sophisticated to match the Acura philosophy of timeless, beautiful design.

The chassis was also updated and features a longer wheelbase and wider track as well as the all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system.

The interior features new sweeping shapes, matte surface trim, and generous use of leather. Abundant use of sound deadening materials and Active Sound Control team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin.

2013 Acura RDX comes with plenty of features such as Abundant use of sound deadening materials and Active Sound Control team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin.

An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather with radar image maps.

The 2013MY RDX will feature a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity – including 15 gigabytes that can be allocated for music storage. Production of the 2013 Acura RDX will move to the East Liberty, Ohio plant of Honda of America.

New 2013 RDX from Acura, like the ILX, will be fitted with a number of new technologies. It has for example a smart entry keyless access system and a pushbutton start. It even has a SMS text message feature and Pandora internet radio interface.

It comes with three view cameras in the rear. There will be a Technology Package offered which will have the full range of pertinent technologies. It will have the AcuraLink Real-Time Weather feature that comes with radar image maps and the AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting. Offered as well are the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition and the AcuraLink Satellite Communication System.

Aside from being an advanced navigation system, it will come with a hard disk drive that offers storage capacity of 60 gigabytes. Of this, 15 gigabytes can be set aside for music files. Aside from the technologies equipped, the design brings with it a luxurious feel with an upscale look, a feature that customers will always expect from the brand.

This is due to the abundant use of leather on the interior plus the matte surface trim, and the sweeping shapes. To make sure that the noise that gets to the occupants is reduced, Active Sound Control is fitted in addition to using sound deadening materials. Other improvements that are bound to attract the attention of customers are the cargo volume being increased, additional room for passengers, and door openings made larger.

Helping this model have an interior that is flexible and even more accommodating is the power rear tailgate. The first version of the RDX was manufactured at Acura’s facility located in Marysville, Ohio. This facility’s two assembly lines have received the Initial Quality Study award. However for the new RDX, it will be built at Honda of America Mfg., Inc.’s plant in East Liberty, Ohio.

This is one of four assembly lines located in North America to be given the 2011 IQS award by J.D. Power and Associates. Prior to release, the brand expects that this model will receive ratings in crash safety testing under the IIHS and the NHTSA.

Press Release

Acura RDX

Shown as a prototype version of the 2013 RDX, the second generation of Acura's five-passenger crossover SUV will up the ante with a new approach to achieving both advanced performance and fuel efficiency via a new engine, transmission and all-wheel drive system.

The 2013 RDX, scheduled to launch in Spring 2012, will have as standard equipment a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower— 33 more than the outgoing model. For even higher performance and improved fuel economy, the RDX makes use of a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. The RDX also gets a new, lighter all-wheel-drive system that provides the required performance and safety with increased efficiency.

With anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, front-wheel-drive models of the 2013 RDX are expected to offer the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered luxury SUV in its class.

The RDX exterior incorporates a sleek, more aerodynamically efficient body, evolving RDX from a sporty, compact SUV to a more formal look with a longer, sculpted hood and styling that is more elegant and sophisticated to match the Acura philosophy of timeless, beautiful design. Chassis updates include a longer wheelbase and wider track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system.

Inside the 2013 RDX, new sweeping shapes, matte surface trim, and generous use of leather combine to give the RDX interior an upscale look and luxury feel that Acura customers have come to expect. Abundant use of sound deadening materials and Active Sound Control team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin. Additional interior features, such as larger door openings, more passenger room, increased cargo volume and a power rear tailgate make the RDX interior even more accommodating and flexible.

As with the ILX, the 2013 RDX will receive a host of new technologies including Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a smart entry keyless access system, pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera. An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. New for 2013, the even more advanced navigation system utilizes a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity – including 15 gigabytes that can be allocated for music storage.

Acura anticipates that the RDX will achieve top ratings in both NHTSA and IIHS crash safety testing.

Production of the new RDX will move to the East Liberty, Ohio plant of Honda of America Mfg., Inc.— home to one of the four top assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The first generation RDX has been built at the Marysville, Ohio auto plant, an IQS award winner for both of its assembly lines.

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