The RDX is Acura’s base crossover and even though the car is not perfect, it is one of the better selling vehicles in its class. They managed to achieve this by offering a really comfortable cabin, a great set of handling characteristics as well as a good engine. However, the car is not nearly as perfect as it should. It still lacks some core features and it feels older than its rivals mostly due to the really dull steering system. It looks like this is finally going to change with the upcoming 2019 Acura RDX. So far the manufacturer only released a couple of renders of the car but it looks like they are about to reveal the new model at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. As expected, this is going to be an entirely new car which is going to have little to nothing in common with its predecessor.
2019 Acura RDX Review
Just like before, the new model of the RDX is still going to use the CR-V’s platform. Luckily though, this doesn’t have much in common with its predecessor either.
The new platform should give the RDX an extra couple of inches of wheelbase and it should allow the car to be even more comfortable than before. As the new platform will mostly use high strength steel, the structural rigidity will also increase which means the crash protection will be better too. With the new platform, we also expect some weight losses.
Sadly we still don’t know how much loss to expect but considering the CR-V, the new version of the RDX should lose right around 150 to 200 pounds.
Even though the RDX has never been the best looking model in its class, there have been many people loving the way it looks. Luckily it looks like the manufacturer is well aware of this.
From the released renders, we can clearly see the upcoming 2019 Acura RDX will get a far more aggressive styling than ever before. The roof-line is more arched towards the back, there is a larger roof spoiler while the window-line is taller too.
The hood seems lower while in the back the car seems to boast similar tail lights to those found on cars like the NSX. The end result does look impressive and we only hope Acura is going to be able to back those looks with performance.
This was likely one of the worst things about the current car. While the RDX has always been comfortable, its ergonomics were average at best.
The dual-screen infotainment system is finally going to be gone, there should be a new instrument cluster in place while the dashboard will ditch the unusually vertical look. Instead, the new 2019 Acura RDX should have quite a bit more in common with a sedan rather than its predecessor.
The amount of available space is likely not going to change much but the rear passengers may benefit from more legroom.
Engine and Specs
While the first generation of the car boasted a turbocharged inline-four engine, the second model only used a V6. Well, it finally looks like things are about to change. Even though this has yet to be confirmed by Acura, it looks like the new RDX may get Honda’s all new 2.0 liter turbocharged mill.
|2018 Acura RDX FWD||Short Specs|
|Engine||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Gas Mileage||20/28 mpg City/Hwy|
This is currently in use on the Type R or the Accord where it is known to make in excess of 260 horsepower. The one powering the RDX should be right around the Type R. Especially since the car will be heavier than the Accord. Most rumors seem to suggest an output of around 270 to 280 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
This would give the car a great advantage over its rivals and it should make things quite interesting. The only gearbox of choice is likely going to be Honda’s all new 8 speed dual-clutch gearbox. Which will drive the front or all four wheels.
Release and Price
As previously stated, the upcoming 2019 Acura RDX is going to hit the showroom’s floor in Detroit. However, the car is likely not going to hit the market up until the mid of 2018.
Its price should not change all that much over its predecessor. The base model should cost around $37,000 which is well within the price of its rivals.
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