After debuting the redesigned 2019 RDX at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, Acura will bring the new RDX to New York for an official debut in production form.
Via live stream, the upscale Japanese automaker will officially unveiled production versions of both the garden-variety 2019 RDX and A-Spec RDX at the show.
Expected to go on sale mid-2018, the new RDX gets a top-down overhaul sporting closer resemblance to the larger MDX, which was redesigned for 2017.
Back in January, Acura showed off a prototype RDX in Detroit, featuring an overhauled front grille, which replaces the bird beak design on the second-gen crossover. Now, we’ll get to see the production-version in full guise, which Acura claims, will be “the quickest and best-handling RDX ever.”
Powering the new RDX will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine – the same one found in the Honda Accord and Civic Type R – paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission and an NSX-inspired “Integrated Dynamics System.” For 2019, Acura falls in line with the crossover trend, dropping the V6 to compete with rivals such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Infiniti QX50.
For the first time, the new RDX will also get Acura’s torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, and a completely revamped interior, which takes cues from the Precision Concept and Precision Cockpit concept and adds more interior space, rear legroom and cargo space and a panoramic sliding moonroof.
The 2019 RDX will also be the first-ever Acura SUV to get the A-Spec treatment, which adds special badging along the side fenders and other unique design cues to give the crossover a more sporty appearance. Acura says the new RDX ushers in a new design language for the brand, claiming “most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade,” and that it “signals the beginning of a new era for the luxury automaker.”
Designed and developed in the U.S. for the first time ever, the new RDX will be engineered in Raymond, Ohio and assembled in Acura’s nearby East Liberty, Ohio plant. That 2.0-liter four-cylinder mentioned earlier will be made in nearby Anna, Ohio.
Despite being aged, the current-gen RDX has been a top-seller in the luxury crossover segment. Last year, the compact crossover was the seventh best-selling luxury SUV in America, moving more than 50,000 units last year, despite a 2 percent sales slump year-over-year, priming the redesigned iteration to come at an opportune time.
Acura will show off the production-spec 2019 Acura RDX and RDX A-Spec via live stream on Wednesday, March 28 at 12:15 p.m.
First Pictures: 2019 Acura RDX
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