New 2019 Acura RDX Prototype unveiled at Detroit for USA market

New 2019 Acura RDX Prototype unveiled at Detroit for USA market

Acura has unveiled the all-new third-generation 2019 Acura RDX Prototype at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

Buyers will also like the way the new RDX moves, Sloustcher said.

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. That theme - doing more than expected - is carried throughout the vehicle.

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.

The RDX Prototype also marks the debut of a new version of the brand's ELS surround sound system with four ultra-thin roof speakers to add another dimension to the listening experience.

The close-to-production RDX prototype being shown here is a look at what Acura is billing as its most extensive vehicle redesign in more than a decade. While I would stop short of calling it "beautiful", it looks taut, athletic, and is filled with expensive-looking details.

An active suspension will be available, giving the driver the ability to choose among four driving modes: Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Snow. The dial itself is unusually prominent, both in its size and location. But Acura insists its solution is more elegant: The touchpad has been mapped to the screen, so instead of dragging around, you tap the part of the pad that corresponds to the screen. In a nod to the Precision Cockpit, the RDX prototype has a dual-zone 10.2-in.

This is a comprehensive, top-to-bottom update for the RDX, which will ride on a new, Acura-exclusive platform.

The RDX Prototype debuts the all-new Acura True Touchpad interface, which combines a touchscreen and remote interface in one Android-based operating system. Unlike some competing systems, there should be minimal need for swiping to-and-fro (although the touchpad does support pinch and zoom and multitouch functionality). The real test will be how easy it is to use the touchpad while driving. The styling is more aggressive and angular, making the RDX appear to have a much taller nose, and the angles are more dramatic. There's even some particularly nice design work, including curved matte-finish veneer panels on the door reminiscent of similar pieces on the outgoing Audi A7. Acura previewed just what it intended with the Acura Precision Cockpit concept, and now that's graduating to production.

Acura claims the RDX's moonroof, standard on all grades, is the largest in its class. Let's hope the company's engineers have done their homework on keeping the cabin quiet so that it's possible to enjoy the system's high fidelity. It has a lighter body, a new chassis and an all-new powertrain.

The 2019 model gets the second generation of Acura's torque vectoring Super-Handling All Wheel Drive or SH-AWD. Coupled with an engine that should have more of that torque located down low in the rev range, I'm anticipating 0-60 times in around six seconds flat.

The AcuraWatch safety-tech suite comes standard on all 2019 RDX models; that includes auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. Other features, including a birds-eye 360-degree camera system will be optional. The vehicle will continue to be assembled at Honda's East Liberty, OH, plant, with its engine sourced from Anna, OH.



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