The Most American Acura yet – 2019 RDX Prototype Debuts at NAIAS [Video]

The most American Acura yet – it’s the 2019 RDX!

We oohed. We aahed. We tried to figure out what that thing was that Acura stuck to the test mule’s front bumper. Now, the final “prototype” is here! Today, Acura revealed the 2019 RDX prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It’s a completely new Acura that serves as the brand’s most significant redesign in the past decade.

“The all-new RDX delivers a powerful statement about who we are and where we are headed as a brand,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “For our customers, the new RDX is a quantum leap forward in design, style, and performance, with luxury features and technology that will elevate their ownership experience.”

The all-new 2019 RDX boasts an entirely fresh design starting with a state-of-the-art chassis and embodiment of Acura’s new design language.

Acura RDX Prototype2019 Acura RDX Prototype [Photo: Acura]

Performance credentials

Performance will come from a 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Acura is also bringing back their vaunted Super-Handling All Wheel Drive system. The company didn’t announce the exact performance specifications at the reveal. However, Acura claims the new powertrain will deliver 40 percent more low-end torque than the previous generation RDX.

Enhancing the crossover’s capabilities is an Adaptive Damper System — advanced technology adapted from the NSX. Drivers can choose from four distinct modes: Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Snow.

Since safety is paramount to Acura, all 2019 RDX models will come equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies. Additionally, there is available connected-car and driver-assistive features aplenty. Some of these features include Hill Start Assist, a Surround-View Camera System, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Blind Spot Monitoring, and AcuraLink with 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

On sale later this year

Designed and built right here in America, the all-new 2019 Acura RDX will go on sale this summer. Watch the video of the global debut with a front seat view shared by Roman and Andre. While you’re at it, Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow on YouTube for more live updates from the Detroit Auto Show!

2019 Acura RDX Prototype
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