The Acura RDX is already an extraordinary and well-rounded compact crossover but with the new Volvo XC60 and names like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 as the rivals, this model must be better still to be able to remain competitive. Positioned as the second-best selling vehicle in Acura’s hierarchy after the recently renovated MDX and above the updated TLX sedan, the RDX certainly deserves the full attention. This model was all-new for the 2013 model year and refreshed for the 2016 version. Nevertheless, judging by available spy shots, Acura is working seriously on the new 2018 Acura RDX. What Honda’s luxury division is hiding under the thick hide we will endeavour to find in this review.
2018 ACURA RDX: CR-V’S SHAPE, ACURA’S ELEMENTS
The current technology of the RDX is based on the previous generation of Honda’s CR-V which now rests on the Civic’s 10th technology platform. Judging by the contours of the prototype model, it seems that under the camo, 2018 Acura RDX hides somewhat bigger and boxier body than the current technology model. The shape appears to be virtually identical to the newest CR-V and do not forget that renovated CR-V is also somewhat larger and commodious inside.
On the other give, what the prototype failed to hide is Acura’s new pentagonal grille with brand’s badge in the middle. This design debuted in the production on the 2016 MDX and the 2018 TLX sedan also holds that grille style. The grille exists between updated headlight design while the camo hides the front bumper.
The pronounced identity range and flared fender can be noticed on model’s profile. The rear part seems to have a new visual for the taillights. The dual exhaust ideas integrated into the rear bumper adds sports flair.
Regrettably, the spy photos do not provide us the peek inside. We think that model will expand interior capacity and present new materials. The newest infotainment system is likely to be standard as well as the AcuraWatch suite. That productive security tech package will include versatile cruise get a grip on, street departure mitigation, lane keeping guide, automatic braking and low-speed follow.
Other normal features should really be 18-inch wheels, energy seats, dual-zone weather get a grip on, a power liftgate, etc.
2018 ACURA RDX: POWER DEPARTMENT
Under the hood, the current RDX hides a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Mixed with the six-speed auto transmission it is good for 279 hp and torque of 252 lb-ft. For the new 2018 Acura RDX, we expect you’ll travel toward the turbocharged engine. That was the case with the first-generation of this model. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine similar to the version which will power the new Accord should also provide enough energy and greater fuel economy in the new RDX.
Expect also the new transmission system and the possibility is also the hybrid edition some time in the later phase.
2018 ACURA RDX: ARRIVAL
The new 2018 Acura RDX is going available for sale in 2018. The model would likely introduction in the second half of this year. It is still early to have estimation about the price.