Earlier this year, we saw the Acura RDX Prototype in Detroit. And as it was very impressive, we hoped that the production version would be similar. That’s why it delighted us when the 2019 Acura RDX finally made its debut in New York and it appeared just like the prototype, inside and out.
Starting off with its dimensions, the 2019 model year rides on a new platform that stretches its wheelbase by 2.6 inches (6.6 centimeters), giving more space for both passengers and their things. The cabin still fits five people but it now has a fully flat rear floor due to certain revisions.
Acura’s structure has been made stronger, thanks to the high strength steel. It now features a five-link independent rear suspension at the back, electric power steering, and adaptive dampers - all these are supposed to sharpen the handling of SUVs.
2019 Acura will only be available in a one-engine option, and that is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder that carries out 272 horsepower (203 kilowatts) and 280 pound feet (380 Newton metres) of torque. This is actually the same powertrain that we saw from before. It may seem as if peak horsepower is a bit less, but torque is quite a bit higher. Power goes through a 10 speed automatic that can be used manually too.
RDX’s sporty nature had been emphasized, thanks to the A Spec variant. Mechanically, the upgrade does not add anything, but the visual package makes the crossover look sharper with black accents, larger wheels, and a red/black two tone interior.
The 2019 model year visually looks like the prototype, with the Diamond Pentagon grille like that in the RLX. The face still gets the same Jewel Eye headlights, as well as the sharp body lines that extend to the rear.
As for the interior, it comes with several leather and quality materials that are combined with traditional analogue gauges as well as a 10.2 inch center display. Alongside these is a new touchpad interface that is used to interact with the display, so users will not have to find a cursor on the screen. The touchpad itself is actually concave to make it easier for the driver to see the screen too.
Some other features that the 2019 RDX boasts include a panoramic roof that come as standard throughout the lineup. There’s also the 710-watt, 16 channel audio system that provides the tunes, as well as Apple CarPlay compatibility and available 4G LTE in-car WiFi that’s included in the AcuraLink Connected Services. Of course, it comes with safety features from AcuraWatch like auto braking, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and low speed follow with lane keep assist.
We can expect to see this model in dealerships by summer this year.