Acura unveiled the 2019 Acura RDX prototype at the North American Auto Show in Detroit and as far as I could see it is as close to production as any prototype I have seen in the past.
New from the ground up the RDX is the first model to embody Acura’s new design language first seen in the Precision Concept vehicle
The bold front end is accentuated by Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille with dynamic character lines that are complimented by are Acura’s new ‘Jewel Eye’ LED headlights.
To strengthen the RDX’s athletic stance the wheelbase has been lengthened by 63.5 mm with the front overhang being reduced. The track has been widened by 30.5 mm and all four wheels have been pushed out to the corners.
This third generation RDX has been built on a new platform featuring a lighter and dramatically stiffened body, a sophisticated new chassis, and an all-new powertrain.
The new 2.0-litre DOHC VTEC Turbo engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The RDX will see the reintroduction of Acura’s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.
There is also an available Adaptive Damper System tied into the Integrated Dynamics system with four drive modes; Sport, Sport+, Comfort and Snow
The RDX will now feature a completely 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).
Unlike existing remote interfaces that operate like a computer mouse, every spot on the RDX’s touchpad is mapped precisely – one-to-one – with the corresponding action on the center display.
Also available in the RDX is a natural voice recognition system that will improve the ease and intuitiveness of voice commands.
The interior features newly designed 16-way power adjustable sports seats with a matching steering wheel.
The longer wheelbase has expanded the passenger space within the cabin making a comfortable space for five passengers with class-leading cabin space, rear legroom and rear cargo space.
The cabin is finished off using authentic, high-grade materials throughout, including Napa leather, brushed aluminum and open-pore Olive Ash wood.
The RDX should be available as a production model later in 2018.