2019 Acura RDX Shows Some Leg Ahead of Detroit Debut

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2019 acura rdx shows some leg ahead of detroit debut

This week, Acura teased the prototype of its third-generation RDX ahead of its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Claiming its to be the “most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade,” the brand believes it will usher in a “new era” for the company.

While the shadowy images hint at more aggressive and angular styling, the RDX needs more than a pretty face to compete in an increasingly crowded segment. It seems as if every luxury automaker fields a midsize crossover these days, though often at higher price points than the RDX. However, Acura isn’t going to bunt here and hope a freshened model boosts this years’ weaker sales. It’s bringing an entirely new platform that’s exclusive to the brand.

Designed and engineered within the United States, the model’s silhouette strongly resembles 2016’s Precision Concept — only lifted. Honda Motor’s premium division says the similarity is not coincidental. It wants a form worthy of what it claims is a better performing and more premium RDX.

Acura isn’t saying much more, but we’re willing to bet the production version will make use of the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in Honda’s updated Accord and is likely to be followed by a plug-in hybrid variant.

We’ll find out more on January 15th when the wraps come off in Detroit.

[Images: Acura]

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  • SuperCarEnthusiast SuperCarEnthusiast on Dec 22, 2017

    Looks like a GMC Terrain to me especially the rear quarter panel window design. No sure if I like more angled shaped crossovers. Nissan Murano shrunk? What wrong with Acura now a days in their car design language? I like to see Acura succeed but this is totally wrong!

  • 33873 33873 on Dec 22, 2017

    I love how they try to tease it, but you know exactly what it's going to look like -- a cut and paste job of the exact grill on every other vehicle they sell. oh, well.

  • Tassos The Euro spec Taurus is the US spec Ford FUSION.Very few buyers care to see it here. FOrd has stopped making the Fusion long agoWake us when you have some interesting news to report.
  • Marvin Im a current owner of a 2012 Golf R 2 Door with 5 grand on the odometer . Fun car to drive ! It's my summer cruiser. 2006 GLI with 33,000 . The R can be money pit if service by the dealership. For both cars I deal with Foreign car specialist , non union shop but they know their stuff !!! From what I gather the newer R's 22,23' too many electronic controls on the screen, plus the 12 is the last of the of the trouble free ones and fun to drive no on screen electronics Maze !
  • VoGhost It's very odd to me to see so many commenters reflexively attack an American company like this. Maybe they will be able to find a job with BYD or Vinfast.
  • VoGhost I'm clearly in the minority here, but I think this is a smart move. Apple is getting very powerful, and has slowly been encroaching on the driving experience over the last decade. Companies like GM were on the verge of turning into mere hardware vendors to the Apple brand. "Is that a new car; what did you get?" "I don't remember. But it has the latest Apple OS, which is all I care about." Taking back the driving experience before it was too late might just be GM's smartest move in a while.
  • VoGhost Can someone Christian explain to me what this has to do with Jesus and bunnies?