Friday, 17 August, 2018

Acura RDX Prototype (Almost) Ready For The Road

2019 Acura RDX Prototype (Almost) Ready For The Road 2019 Acura RDX offers glimpse of upcoming Honda tech
Frank Williams | 16 January, 2018, 02:35

The vehicle previews the upcoming third generation of Acura's compact crossover SUV.

Acura has also announced that the new RDX will be its first SUV offered at launch in A-Spec trim, a new range that adds sporty styling inside and out and will be offered on all core Acura models. Besides moving to a new Acura-exclusive platform, for 2019 the RDX will boast several firsts. "For our customers, the new RDX is a quantum leap forward in design, style and performance, with luxury features and technology that will elevate their ownership experience".

Taking cues from the NSX sports auto and the Acura Precision Concept, the 2019 RDX gets a driver-centric dash layout and new True Touchpad Interface along with a 10.2-inch high-definition infotainment display. Indeed, the new look, which borrows heavily from the Precision Concept first shown in Detroit two years ago, is a dramatic shift in direction that could breathe some much-needed life into a brand that many luxury buyers routinely overlook.

While Acura didn't provide specific output figures for the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, it promises that the engine will deliver 40 percent more torque, which will enable it to take advantage of the 10-speed automatic transmission to provide better performance and fuel economy.

Before the 2018 NAIAS opens to the public from January 20 to January 28 at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, automakers show off new models and make world debuts in scheduled press conferences. And that includes a switch back to a torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SHAWD) system for 2019.

2019 Acura RDX prototype
Enlarge Image The 2019 RDX's cabin is all-new including infotainment. Acura

While nowhere near as extreme as the Acura Precision Cockpit, the cabin of the RDX Prototype is more sophisticated and, as Acura puts it, more "tech-savvy".

Other standout features include a 16-channel, 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D system that includes four ceiling-mounted speakers. The five-seater now features Nappa leather and open pore woods, with heated and ventilated 16-way power front seats. Android-based, it uses a 10.2-inch Full HD display mounted on top of the center console, comfortably within the driver's line-of-sight.

Acura claims the RDX's moonroof, standard on all grades, is the largest in its class. The new model comes equipped with a touchpad-controlled infotainment system with a 10.2in screen. Acura's senior engineer of user interface research, Ross Miller, stated that "absolute positioning transforms the touchpad experience, making it personal, intuitive and particularly well-suited for premium, driver-centric, performance machines".

An active suspension will be available, giving the driver the ability to choose among four driving modes: Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Snow. "It's also created to be adopted quickly and easily, as drivers become acclimated and comfortable in minutes". The auto also has a range of connected-car and driver-assistive features including Hill Start Assist, Surround-View Camera System, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Blind Spot Information system.

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