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).