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The 2019 Acura RDX prototype unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Acura just unveiled the 2019 Acura RDX at the North American International Auto Show, and it is the most extensive redesign for this model in the last 10 years. Inspired by other recently redesigned Acura models, such las the TLX and the RLX, the RDX now includes the “diamond grille”, the new generation of jewel L.E.D headlights and the front air intakes inspired by the NSX sports car. Inside, the RDX features a new cabin layout inspired by an interior concept unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mechanically, the RDX is powered by an all-new powertrain, which is a 2.0-litre DOHC VTEC turbocharged engine. This engine is coupled to a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission. For 2018, Acura is bringing back the Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, which is, according to the manufacturer, the most sophisticated and capable torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system in its class.

Other details stipulate that an A-Spec version will be available at launch, offering more sportiness and distinction to drivers who want a little bit more out of their SUV. Moreover, it was mentioned during the unveiling that all core Acura models will be available with the race-inspired badge and everything it implies.

To further enhance driving dynamics, the 2019 Acura RDX will be offered with a new Adaptive Damper System with four distinct drive modes; Sport, Sport+, Comfort and Snow. As part of the new cabin design, the drive mode dial is placed high in the center console for easy access.

In the technology department, Acura is trying to combine the advantages of the conventional touchscreen, with a remote touchpad using the True Touchpad Interface, in order to access the functions in the 10.2-inch full-HD display. Drivers can either select functions using the screen or via the touchpad located mounted on top of the centre console, depending on the conditions and preferences.

Acura RDXs destined for the north American market will be built in the United States, while those for the growing Chinese market will be built in China.

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Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé has been contributing at MotorIllustrated.com for over a year, and for the NetMedia360 network for nearly three years now. His passion for everything automotive comes from a career as a mechanic, but also from the family vehicle collection that includes a 996 Porsche Turbo and a 2004 Ford GT. We've been bugging him to drive the GT, but he hasn't responded. Send L-P an email

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