Acura has announced it will reveal an all-new 2019 RDX crossover at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. The extensive overhaul is a nod to the fact compact luxury crossovers are hot and the RDX’s competition has dethroned it as the number-one seller in the segment.
The changes to the 2019 RDX start at ground level. For the first time, the RDX is being built atop a new Acura exclusive platform. Development of the third-generation RDX actually took place in the United States, also a first for the vehicle.
Fundamental shifts in RDX development may have something to do with the fact this is the first Acura model to be developed under Acura’s new general manager Jon Ikeda. Ikeda’s previous roles were in design, which appears to be something of a dramatic shift for this RDX.
The teaser image (above) is showing off an exterior design that is clearly a departure from today’s RDX. There’s a longer hood that’s similar to the Acura Precision Concept, as well as entirely different greenhouse design. Resting under the more-dynamic greenhouse is sheetmetal that looks more dramatic than today’s RDX.
Naturally the dramatic changes will continue on the inside of the 2019 RDX. The interior is expected to carry cues from the Precision Cockpit, which Acura showed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The radical overhaul of the RDX is likely Honda’s response to the fact it is facing increasingly stiff competition. Since the RDX was last refreshed, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar and Lexus have all entered the segment. So far for 2017 RDX sales are flat (up 0.2%).
Expect additional details on the 2019 Acura RDX next month out of Detroit.