Acura confirms debut of all-new 2019 RDX luxury utility at 2018 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on March 14, 2018

After lifting the veil off the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese luxury carmaker is getting ready to take the wraps off the final production version of the third-generation sports utility vehicle at the upcoming 2018 New York Auto Show at the end of this month.

According to Acura, the actual reveal of the production version of the 2019 Acura RDX is set for March 28, 2018. Along with the regular SUV, the Japanese premium carmaker will also be unveiling the all-new 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, a sporty looking variant of the utility. Acura will commence sales of the next generation of the RDX in mid-2018.

The third-generation 2019 RDX represents the first time that an all-new Acura model employs the brand’s latest design language, which will also influence the carmaker’s new generation vehicles. The 2019 iteration of the SUV will be powered by a new 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine, which sends power to the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system through a segment-first 10-speed transmission. These elements are complemented by the NSX-inspired Integrated Dynamics System,

Acura has already provided a glimpse of the all-new 2019 RDX through the Acura RDX Prototype, as unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January. Interestingly, while the SUV revealed in Detroit is tagged as a Prototype, it is highly expected that its appearance is very close to the final production version.

After all, both Honda and Acura are known for revealing prototypes that are very similar to their final production versions in almost all aspects. If this holds true for the Acura RDX Prototype, then the all-new completely redesigned RDX will be remaining faithful to the proven formula that allowed this premium SUV to become a best-seller, while injecting more power, space and luxury.

As unveiled, the new Acura RDX Prototype takes a lot of cues from Acura Precision Concept, including the new exterior design language that makes use of the brand’s signature diamond pentagon grille, sharply sculpted body, dynamic character lines and the next-gen Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights. Its dimensions also allow the third-gen RDX to continue leading its class in terms of cabin space, rear legroom and rear cargo room.

The RDX is also the first Acura model to employ the new interior design and technology shown in the Acura Precision Cockpit. It features a floating center console, power sport seats, a matching sports steering wheel, as well as a new ultra-wide panoramic sliding moonroof. It also features Acura's new, True Touchpad Interface with a 10.2-inch full-HD display and an available interactive head-up display (HUD).

Press Release

Turbocharged, Tech-Forward and Torque Vectoring: All-New 2019 Acura RDX to Debut in New York

Acura will hold the world debut of the all-new 2019 Acura RDX and RDX A-Spec, in production form, at the 2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and via live-stream on March 28 at 12:15 p.m. ET. The third-generation RDX, launching mid-2018, is the first in a new generation of Acura products featuring the brand’s new design language, Precision Cockpit inspired premium cabin and groundbreaking True Touchpad Interface™.

The reveal will feature the 2019 Acura RDX along with the new RDX A-Spec, the first application of the sport appearance variant to an Acura SUV. This third-generation Acura RDX marks the return of Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) to the RDX lineup, and pairs it with a powerful new 2.0L VTEC® Turbo engine, segment-first 10-speed transmission and NSX-inspired Integrated Dynamics System, making it the quickest and best-handling RDX ever.

The 2019 Acura RDX was designed and developed in America for the first time, styled by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California and developed by engineers in Raymond, Ohio. The new RDX will be produced at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio plant, while its new VTEC Turbo engine will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio[1]. The Acura RDX has sold more than 50,000 units each year since 2015[2], maintaining its position in the premium-entry SUV segment as a perennial top-seller.

Source: Acura

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