2019 Acura RDX: What Is That on the Front Bumper? [Spy Photos]

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2019 Acura RDX prototype [Photo credit: Ilias Z.]

A keen-eyed observer spotted the 2019 testing in the wild on the streets of Columbus, Ohio.

Folks, meet the 2019 Acura RDX. This replacement is long overdue, as the current generation RDX has been in production since 2012. Despite its age, the RDX is one of Acura’s best-selling models, although its sales have started to decline, particularly in the wake of the new CR-V.

While Honda redesigned the CR-V for 2017 and brought it more upmarket, they’ve left its Acura compatriot in the cold. As such, Acura needs to raise the luxury bar with this new model compared to the current generation. Judging by the styrofoam on the bumper, new features may come in the form of a new radar system or perhaps autonomous tech.

Acura hasn’t officially announced the new RDX, so not many details are available just yet. It will likely arrive sometime next year, sporting a revision of Acura’s jewel-eye headlights and an MDX-style grille. Rumor has it the 2019 Acura RDX will share its drivetrain – including a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine – from the Accord. The Accord’s engine is a de-tuned version of the one in the Civic Type R, so a bump in power over the current V6 looks promising. Acura will likely ditch the current V6 in favor of the improved fuel economy of the 2.0L turbo.

The RDX is Acura’s second best-selling model, behind the MDX, so it’s important that Acura get this new one right. Crossovers are hot, and the luxury crossover segment is no laughing matter. The RDX will compete against the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Range Rover Evoque. Acura is mum on details for now, but it’ll be worth seeing if the new RDX can put the Europeans on notice.

As always, stay tuned to TFLcar.com and our YouTube channel for RDX updates as well as more news and reviews from the TFL team!