2019 Acura RDX Prototype (Almost) Ready For The Road

As promised, the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype has premiered at the Detroit Auto Show and as recently-leaked images revealed, it is essentially production-ready in all but name.

On a styling front, Acura hasn’t held back in transforming the vehicle’s body. As such, the RDX Prototype adopts the brand’s latest design language and scoffs in the face of the subtle and curvaceous crossovers on the market. It bears resemblances to other models in the Acura family but is much edgier and assured to split opinion.

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

Step inside and you’ll find a large infotainment screen jutting out of the dashboard, digital gauges, and an intriguing gear selector panel. Elsewhere, the 2019 RDX Prototype includes brushed aluminum and wooden trimmings. Additionally, Acura says the RDX comes equipped with the best seats it has ever produced, complete with 16-way power adjustability and 4-way lumbar support.

Things don’t start and end on a styling front. Underneath the skin, Honda has made use of an all-new platform and extended the wheelbase by a generous 2.5-inches. Additionally, a 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission comes as standard. The 2.0-liter has 40 per cent more torque than the outgoing RDX.

To ensure the engine and transmission are used to their fullest potential, Honda’s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system has also been implemented. Featuring torque vectoring, the all-wheel drive system will provide both impressive on-road handling and a respectable level of off-road capabilities. The all-wheel drive system has four distinct drive modes; Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Snow.

Other standout features include a 16-channel, 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D system that includes four ceiling-mounted speakers. The car also has a range of connected-car and driver-assistive features including Hill Start Assist, Surround-View Camera System, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Blind Spot Information system.

“The all-new RDX delivers a powerful statement about who we are and where we are headed as a brand, said vice president and general manager of Acura Jon Ikeda. “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.”

Acura has also announced that the new RDX will be its first SUV offered at launch in A-Spec trim, a new range that adds sporty styling inside and out and will be offered on all core Acura models.

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  • Harry_Wild

    Not happy about the look of the new RDX! I will probably be in the market for a crossover or SUV and Acura was one high on my list! I cannot believe they went with the Terrain and Murrano look!

    • donald seymour

      Really? Wow, I’m sorry to hear that. Hope you have better luck next time. Hey, try the Mazda CX9. You might like the price and the value for dollar.

      • Harry_Wild

        CX-9 is to long and not enough horsepower! The shape is not that attractive either. I just need a two row crossover/SUV that squared off in back! Only one I have fallen for i’d the Chinese model GS7? and the G Wagon. All the Japanese models have the shape angle sides and the floating roof designs rear window look. I am waiting to see what the 2019 two row Pilot will look like before finally buying a new vehicle!

        • donald seymour

          Whaaaaaat? Well, Bro, you will be keep looking and searching. But I should tell you to check out the CX-9 to at least to be sure of assessment. Because it’s one heck of a SUV in my honest opinion.

    • Sam Nigel

      Side profile looks like a murano, side rear reminds me of the mazda cx-5, side taillight is a honda crv and the rear taillight is the copy of the terrain

  • Darius Fontenette

    Yuck, don’t care for the gear selector taking up most of the center stack.

    • donald seymour

      I don’t necessarily mind, but I think that they could have implemented it better. I get that they are trying to go for a futuristic look, but it’s just not working.

  • roy

    The raat reminds me of Honda B-RV

  • WG

    It looks like Acura is trying to make its design stand out,. This is good. But i am not a fan of the interior.

    • dtd

      Honda/Acura does NOT offer CD player anymore?

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        A lot of models from various manufacturers don’t.

  • Toronado_II

    That grill come from a bad japanese cartoon…

  • Steve Cohn

    It looks like Acura has the SUV market nailed down pretty well now.
    Now why can’t their sedans be at an equivalent place in it’s market?

  • Bananarama

    That’s surprisingly sharp. I actually really like the new grille. Relatively clean lines, good stance. Interior is a huge step up for Acura.
    Now this better not get neutered for the production version…

  • Cool guy

    looks like a CRV pt2

    • TechLegend

      They apparently do not share any parts, including the platform. This is Acura’s first use of their new bespoke platform made for their new TT V6 and next gen SH-AWD.

  • Alter Ego

    I like it. Maybe the best implementation of Acura’s new style so far. It’s not a premium as it could be but I think it’ll be a good value.

  • jtothada

    finally updated the infotainment and added a pano! now they have to get the price right! cause if not then it’s xc60 for me

  • Nice exterior, however interior does not say premium…the new Accord’s interior looks very premium…

  • Astonman

    looks better than the previous design which looked nice but kinda boring. I like the dash – much more interesting than what’s out there.

  • Mark S

    It is ok, but it is not anywhere near the new design stretch it should have been. This is Acura’s first all new vehicle since the new design language was introduced. This looks like the warmed over look the rest of the lineup got for their refreshes. Disappointing.

  • Puddle Jumper

    I think a few of you are suffering from “Pareidolia”. Other than a minor floating roof detail in which many crossovers are showing up with this design detail in various forms, I see no Murano or Terrain. And I doubt Terrain shoppers are looking at Acura’s or even that Acura was benchmarking any of those cars. I see a “hints”, not copying, of Mazda and Lexus NX200 in the exterior design language–definitely Lexus NX200 overtunes in the center stack layout.

  • Enter Ranting

    Why does Honda bother with Acura?

  • TechLegend

    I think it looks great and it’s going to be a hit. All the compact lux SUVs in this market are very meh… Shopping for them right now and the NX300 is probably the best one by a big margin. We may even just step up to a XC60 for the same price or wait for this guy which is more likely because this blows away the NX and is the size we want.

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