Honda’s luxury department is building its own new-generation CR-V. Yes, we meant on the totally redesigned 2019 Acura RDX. The crossover has been spied camouflaged several times so far, so we have pretty much everything about it. The upscale SUV seems to feature the identical footprint as the new CR-V, but that’s all that these two might have in common.
2019 Acura RDX: Redesign Changes
The prototype of the 2019 RDX seems to feature a unique exterior design. The compact crossover will not use MDX’s or CR-V’s styling cues at all. No, the vehicle is likely getting a totally new, smooth lines and unique accents. The front end hosts full LED sleek headlights and a new grille, which is hidden so damn good so we can’t really see what’s happening. It might be a diamond-pentagon design of the grill, but this is just our hunch. Although completely wrapped, the redesigned SUV shows quite pronounced fenders and large wheels. On the other hand, the hatch looks totally flat at the moment, which won’t be the case with the production model without any doubt. Compared to the current model, the redesigned rear end appears to be noticeably longer. This is great news because the 2019 Acura RDX is definitely getting more room for the rear-seat passengers. At least we think so.
We’ve almost forgotten to mention what’s also hidden beneath the camouflage. The testing vehicle sports a number of cameras all around, which promises some useful safety features. Inside, the SUV will get a new infotainment touchscreen, as well as one more digital display, which will be in charge for instruments. There should stay some buttons, but not more than a few, probably for a climate control. Of course, the Japanese car manufacturer will use better quality, softer materials.
The 2019 Acura RDX will switch both platform and engine. In place of today’s 3.5-liter V6, the crossover will get a 2.0-liter turbo mill. Even though it’s going to be smaller, the four-pot will be able to produce more power from the existing 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The carmaker hasn’t released anything yet, but we expect around 290 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of twist. Acura works on the 2019 RDX Hybrid as well, but we have nothing about it at the moment.
Price and Arrival
According to the latest reports, the 2019 Acura RDX will be introduced next spring, likely at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The amazing crossover will probably start at $40,000.