Rumors about the arrival of the next-generation 2019 Acura RDX hit the internet since a few months ago. Honda’s luxury car division is reportedly working hard to prepare for the upcoming RDX crossover with a number of major changes and redesigns. As you know, the second-gen Acura RDX was first introduced in 2012 during the North American International Auto Show as a 2013 model year and since then, this five-door SUV has not gotten much changes. The only change that Honda has given to the RDX is a facelift in 2016.
The facelifted Acura RDX proved quite popular in the US market with its sales reaching 52,361 units last year. The facelifted version made its first debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and brings a more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V6 engine with a peak output of 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. Now a prototype version of the redesigned 2019 RDX crossover has been caught at a gas station during its company testing. Unfortunately, this SUV is wrapped in heavy camouflage during testing, making it difficult for us to identify fresh designs of the upcoming RDX.
Redesign and Changes
According to Autoevolution, the 2019 Acura RDX is claimed as the premium brother of Honda CR-V. It’s not surprising since the next RDX crossover will be built on the latest CR-V chassis. So it will most likely be based on the same platform as the CR-V and of course we can expect many changes in terms of design style. However, the overall design of the third-generation RDX SUV looks more conventional and boxy with increased dimensions, although the mule version is covered in heavy camouflage during testing. It may aim to provide a larger cabin space compared to the previous models. Some other changes that Acura has done are redesign on its front grille.
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Not only the larger interior space but the new Acura RDX is also rumored to be adopting more advanced and upscale technology, as well as supported with modern entertainment systems with new digital screens display. Rumors and other speculations suggest that the redesign will include the use of Jewel Eye headlights, new 3D grille, more premium features and a number of driver assistance systems. Of course, the safety aspect will be the Acura focus for the upcoming RDX crossover. The current RDX model with AcuraWatch driver assistance technology has received Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Now let’s move to the rear end, the 2019 RDX crossover is equipped with dual exhaust system, as well as the taillights now appear to be mounted higher in parallel position with each other compared to the second-generation model.
In terms of specifications and performance, the all-new 2019 Acura RDX will likely be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine and will replace the current 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine. It’s been anticipated to be another major change brought by the upcoming RDX and reportedly will be one of the first Acura models to borrow a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine from the latest Honda Civic Type R. As we know that the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbo engine is claimed to deliver peak output of up to 306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 – 4,500 rpm.
Another rumor says Acura may be installing a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission borrowed from the 2018 Honda Odyssey, instead of the Type R’s 2.0-liter turbo unit. The new Odyssey V6 engine is capable of spewing at least 280 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. In addition, there are strong indications that Acura will offer a new hybrid version as well or a plug-in hybrid variant for the next-generation RDX SUV. So it’s interesting to see how the upcoming RDX will be battling its key rivals in the compact luxury crossover SUV segment.
Release Date and Pricing Info
The 2019 Acura RDX Release Date should be scheduled around next year, since Honda’s luxury car division has plans to produce a new RDX SUV by mid-2018. While the price tag is expected to compete with some of its main competitors such as Audi Q5 which is priced at $41,850-$47,350, followed by the BMW X3 with price range from $40,245 to $48,945, as well as the Mercedes GLC300 which went on sale for $40,075 – $42,075. We can expect price estimates for the 2019 RDX crossover will not be much different from the current 2018-model year which starts at $35,800 for base model (RWD) and $44,000 for RDX AWD with Advance Package. However, please look for the official pricing details close to its release date.
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