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Acura Tries to Find Itself With 2019 RDX Prototype

Acura Tries to Find Itself With 2019 RDX Prototype

Acura has revealed an all-new take on one of the brand’s best-sellers. The 2019 Acura RDX Prototype is a preview of the new RDX launching later this year, which is a clean-sheet redesign over today’s RDX. The clean-sheet approach is atop a new Acura-exclusive platform as the brand attempts to find itself and differentiate from the Honda mothership.

The all-new platform has grown the dimensions of the RDX by a bit, including a wider track that benefits both handling and design. From a design perspective, the RDX looks more athletic since there is more surfacing to work with and proportions are more visually appealing that the stubby looking RDX of today. Much like other recent Acura products, such as the larger MDX, the new RDX is simply cleaner and more luxurious looking that previous Acura models.

Inside, Acura has been inspired by its own Precision Cockpit Concept the brand revealed over a year ago. This inspiration has led to an interior design that incorporates a floating center stack and sports steering wheel design for more visual appeal. The new RDX also brings Acura’s all-new, True Touchpad Interface, which features an Android-based operating system projected onto a dual-zone, 10.2-inch full-HD display mounted high atop the center console close to the driver’s natural line of sight, and an available interactive head-up display (HUD).

RDX also features a new 16-channel, 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D system was developed by Panasonic and tuned by Grammy-winning music producer and longtime Acura partner, Elliott Scheiner. It even has speakers mounted on the ceiling.

All 2019 RDX models will come equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Additional available connected-car and driver-assistive features include next-generation AcuraLink with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Hill Start Assist, Surround-View Camera System, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Blind Spot Information system.

For now the 2019 RDX will be powered exclusively by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to Honda’s new 10-speed automatic. For now Acura has not disclosed specifications of the engine, but there is speculation that a higher-output V-6 offering could find its way to the RDX sometime in the future.

Given the popularity of 5-passenger luxury crossovers, it comes as little surprise Acura is using the RDX to effectively relaunch its brand to consumers. With an Acura-exclusive platform and attractive design, this vehicle may ultimately usher Honda’s luxury line back into the spotlight.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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