Acura RDX Prototype Unveiled

Acura RDX Prototype Unveiled

As well as a variation of its cleaner new design language, expect the interior to be a friendlier place.

The Acura RDX Prototype was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, giving folks a look at what next iteration of the RDX will look like. And about time too, we say.

What is it? The prototype 2019 Acura RDX five-passenger SUV, now in its third generation and fully embodying the brand's new design language. It'll also be the first Acura SUV offered with the brand's sporty A-Spec trim, which will eventually be part of all core Acura models developed moving forward.

Now the company has announced that technology is coming to the 2019 RDX branded as a "True Touchpad".

There's no word yet on pricing, but the RDX is on a tear of five consecutive years of record sales for Acura and seven straight years of year-over-year sales growth. So, Acura clearly wants to keep that momentum going with the third-generation ute.

Up front, the RDX employs the feel of the Precision Concept with a new diamond pentagon grille in a more pronounced angular V-shape with honeycomb backdrop.

Among the key styling changes are a muscular hood, tapered headlights and LED daytime running lights, roof-mounted spoiler, and a large circular tailpipe.

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There are more sharp creases and folds with the "precision crafted" design theme, including an accent line that rises out of the front fenders to link the front and rear door handles.

Gone is the controversial Acura chrome beak - also derisively called the bottle opener - which came to symbolize Acura's detour into passion-less vehicles that lacked visual separation from their Honda parent. Overall, the RDX is 2.5 inches longer in wheelbase and wider than its outgoing version, but the details are all in its design. But with its shorter overhangs it actually appears more poised. Acura previewed just what it intended with the Acura Precision Cockpit concept, and now that's graduating to production. An ultra-wide panoramic sliding moonroof will not only be the largest in the segment, but standard on all models.

The RDX heralds the launch of Acura's all-new, True Touchpad Interface, which features an Android-based operating system projected onto a dual-zone, 10.2-inch full-HD display mounted high atop the center console close to the driver's natural line of sight, and an available interactive head-up display (HUD).

"Absolute positioning transforms the touchpad experience, making it personal, intuitive and particularly well-suited for premium, driver-centric, performance machines", said Ross Miller, senior engineer of user interface research. Miller continued by stating that "it's also created to be adopted quickly and easily, as drivers become acclimated and comfortable in minutes". The 16-channel, 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D system was developed by Panasonic and tuned by Grammy-winning music producer and longtime Acura partner, Elliott Scheiner. Additional assistance features will include front and rear parking sensors, Surround-View Camera System, Hill Start Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Blind Spot Information, and AcuraLink with 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Additionally, a 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission comes as standard.

The RDX once again offers the brand's torque-vectoring Super-Handling All Wheel Drive, but in an updated form.

And when equipped with a new Adaptive Damper System, a motorist will be able to select from four different driving modes.

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