Acura has not had success with its sedans in the last few years, but the SUVs have carried the brand. Judging by the appearance of the 2019 Acura RDX, that trend will continue.
We saw that the RDX model in January in Detroit, and the manufacturing version unveiled in the 2018 New York auto show on Wednesday is little changed from that attractive concept car.
Reduced and broader than the model it replaces, the new RDX includes the corporate five-pointed grille we first saw about the Acura Precision Concept. Also up front are standard LED headlights and larger air intakes, in addition to front air curtains that guide air across the sides of the motor automobile. Along the sides, it includes a sculpted look, with a noteworthy character line that rises from front to rear, as well as splashes of chrome which are replaced by gloss black trim on the A-Spec model. The A-Spec also gets bigger wheels than the conventional 19s.
However, it’s the engineering that summarizes the most important changes. The RDX gets its own platform that Acura claims is exclusive to your brandnew. It’s composed of more than 50-percent high-strength steel for enhanced body rigidity and ultra-high-strength steel rings the doorways to produce the structure stiffer.
The chassis features sport-tuned MacPherson struts up front, a five-link independent rear suspension, also available elastic dampers. An NSX-inspired dial allows drivers choose from Snow, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ manners.
Underneath the hood, the RDX swaps its 3.5-liter V-6 for a 2.0-liter turbo-4. With 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque on tap, this dual-overhead-cam motor has 40 percent more low-rpm torque than the V-6, based on Acura. The transmission is an brand new 10-speed automatic using a 62 percent broader selection of gear ratios compared to the present 6-speed automatic.
Acura brings its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive for its RDX. It includes torque vectoring and is the most advanced version yet. It can send up to 70 percent of the torque to the back, and all that electricity can visit the outer wheel in terns to help the RDX corner sharper.
Inside, the RDX is a mixture of further space and new technologies. Because of a wheelbase that is 2.6 inches longer, it’s 3.4 more cubic feet of rear cargo space, plus another 1.7 cubic feet beneath the ground. The extra length should improve rear seat comfort, and Acura states it even helps smooths the ride out.
Occupants will find themselves surrounded by high-quality materials. Among them are open pore Olive Ash wood, stainless steel, brushed aluminum, synthetic suede, and Milano leather. The A-Spec version is notable for its two-tone red and black upholstery. Buyers may get Acura’s next-generation game seats with high-strength metal frames and 16-way power adjustments. An panoramic sunroof is standard, and a 16-channel, 710-watt ELS 3D sound system can be obtained.
On the tech side, the infotainment system includes Acura’s True Touchpad Interface. A 10.2-inch display sits up high at the driver’s line of website, and it’s controlled by means of a touchpad on the middle console. Each position on the touchpad is redirected into a corresponding position on the screen. Simple clicks on the touchpad lock in commands.
Want to have more tech? The RDX offers a head-up screen, Apple CarPlay, plus a 4G LTE-enabled Wi-Fi hotspot. And there is tech in the safety, also. Every RDX version has forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure caution together with Road Departure Mitigation, adaptive cruise control, along with active lane control.
The 2019 Acura RDX was designed, and developed in America, and it’s going to be constructed here, also. It looks like it will have what an American audience needs as it hits the market this summer.