The word around has it that Acura is working on the next-generation 2019 Acura RDX SUV. Our spy photographers managed to spot a heavily camouflaged prototype at a gas station. And, it seems there isn’t much to say about its design because of Acura’s efforts to dress this prototype with a lot of covers.
We, however, believe that the next Acura RDX rides on the latest CR-V chassis that premiered in late 2016. The inbound Acura RDX adopts this brand’s styling characteristics, which include the new front grille.
2019 Acura RDX – Lot of Changes in Design and Style
As per our truly reliable insiders, the 2019 Acura RDX becomes the premium brother of Honda CR-V. It isn’t surprising given that the new crossover is built on the new CR-V chassis. Of course, we expect a lot of changes in design and style. The overall design of our inbound Acura RDX looks more conventional and boxy with extended dimensions.
The Acura aims to offer a larger cabin compared to the previous releases. At the rear end, the Acura RDX model under review gets furnished with dual exhaust system. Also, we can see new taillights that are now mounted higher in a parallel position with each other.
The 2019 Acura RDX will not only provide a larger interior space, but rumor has it that it will adopt a more upscale technology. It gets fortified with modern entertainment systems that comprise new digital screens display. Our insiders hinted that the redesign includes the use of new 3D grille and Jewel Eye headlights. A lot of new driver assistance systems and more premium materials will become available.
Of course, the incoming Acura RDX won’t keep the safety aspect at bay. We should expect to find advanced safety features that guarantee a smooth ride. The next-gen Acura RDX receives AcuraWatch driver assistance technology, which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the Top Safety Pick+ designation.
Under the Hood of the 2019 Acura RDX
The all-new 2019 Acura RDX is likely to get its juice from a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit, which replaces the current 3.5-liter V6 i-VTEC engine. This engine becomes one of the major overhauls expected to be brought by the incoming Acura RDX. When it comes to output, the unit spews 310 horsepower.
Another rumor claims that Acura might install a 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 engine, which gets mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox borrowed from the 2018 Honda Odyssey. This engine is capable of producing up to 279 horsepower. Additionally, other indications point out that Acura might supply a new hybrid version or a plug-in hybrid variant for the upcoming Acura RDX.
Production and Cost
The Honda’s luxury car department is planning to produce a new RDX SUV by mid-2018. That implies the 2019 Acura RDX will hit the global auto showrooms around next year. While pricing details are yet to be announced, we’ve had some few reports courtesy of our trusted insiders. We estimate that the inbound Acura RDX will not be much different from the 2018 model year.
Therefore, the base model Rear-Wheel Drive Acura RDX might start at $35,800 while range-topping Advance Package with All-Wheel Drive sells at $44,000.