Acura has unveiled the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show), and as expected, the precursor to the luxury brand’s next generation of the premium compact sports utility vehicle didn’t fail to impress. It seems like Acura is sticking to the formula that allowed the RDX to become a best-seller, while adding more space, power and luxury.
Although the Acura RDX unleashed at the Detroit Auto Show is labeled as a Prototype, it is seen as very close to the final production version. Both Honda and Acura are famous for revealing prototypes that are very similar to their final production versions. Thus, the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype could simply be a production-ready example of the newest generation of the premium compact SUV.
The new Acura RDX Prototype embodies the most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade. Completely redesigned from top to bottom, the RDX Prototype is the first Acura model to fully employ the brand’s new exterior design language that made its debut in the Acura Precision Concept. It is also the first Acura model to feature the new interior design and technology shown in the Acura Precision Cockpit. As penned, the new Acura RDX Prototype features a design that starts from the luxury brand’s signature diamond pentagon grille, and continues through its sharply sculpted body, dynamic character lines. The Acura RDX Prototype features all-LED exterior lighting that makes use of the next-generation Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights.
Essentially, the new RDX Prototype adapted the low, wide and sleek presence of the Acura Precision Concept. The result is a new RDX Prototype that offers – compared to the current generation of the RDX – a shorter front overhang, longer wheelbase (plus 2.5 inches) and a wider track (plus 1.2 inches). This means that the third-gen RDX will continue to lead its class in terms of cabin space, rear legroom and rear cargo room.
The new RDX offers a larger passenger cabin providing first-class comfort for up to five passengers. The interior features a floating center console that takes inspiration from the Acura Precision Cockpit as well as power sport seats with a matching sports steering wheel. The RDX Prototype extensively employs high-grade materials like Nappa leather, brushed aluminum and open-pore Olive Ash wood. The production version of the all-new RDX will sport a new ultra-wide panoramic sliding moonroof, which Acura says is the largest in its class.
The cabin of the new RDX Prototype marks the debut of Acura's new, True Touchpad Interface that features a 10.2-inch full-HD display on top of the center console and an available interactive head-up display (HUD). A new natural language voice recognition system also makes its debut on the next-gen RDX. In addition, the cabin features four ultra-thin, ceiling-mounted speakers as part of 16-channel, 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D system developed by Panasonic and tuned by Elliott Scheiner.
The third generation RDX is underpinned by a new, Acura-exclusive platform that features a sophisticated new chassis and a lighter yet stiffened body. Although Acura hasn’t revealed the power figures, its new 2.0-liter DOHC VTEC Turbo engine – as paired to a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission – is more powerful, generating 40 percent more low-end torque than the V6 engine in the outgoing RDX. The 2019 RDX will also make use of the most advanced version of Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive. These elements, as well as other essential systems, allow the new 2019 RDX to offer a powerful and crisp acceleration and precise handling.
All 2019 Acura RDX models will feature the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. A number of connected-car and driver-assistive features are also available like the next-gen AcuraLink with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Surround-View Camera System, Hill Start Assist, Blind Spot Information system, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and front and rear parking sensors.