The Acura RDX is already an impressive and well-rounded compact crossover but with the new Volvo XC60 and titles like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 as the rivals, this model must be better still in order to keep 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 rested for the 2016 version. Nevertheless, by available spy shots, Acura is working really on the new 2018 Acura RDX. What Honda’s luxurious division is hiding under the thick camouflage we will attempt to find out in that 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 sits on the Civic’s 10th technology platform. Judging by the contours of the prototype model, it appears that under the camo, 2018 Acura RDX covers slightly bigger and boxier body than the current technology model. The shape appears to be very similar to the newest CR-V and do not overlook that renovated CR-V is also slightly larger and commodious inside.
On the other give, what the prototype didn’t hide is Acura’s new pentagonal grille with brand’s marker 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 resides between current headlight design while the camo hides the front bumper.
The pronounced identity range and flared fender may be noticed on model’s profile. The rear side seems to have a new graphic for the taillights. The dual fatigue tips incorporated into the rear fender adds sports flair.
However, the spy images do not give us the peek inside. We feel that model will expand interior capacity and provide new materials. The newest infotainment system is likely to be standard as well as the AcuraWatch suite. That productive safety tech package will contain adaptive sail get a handle on, road departure mitigation, lane keeping aid, automatic braking and low-speed follow.
Different standard characteristics must be 18-inch wheels, power seats, dual-zone climate get a handle 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 to migrate 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 provide enough power and greater fuel economy in the new RDX.
Expect also the new transmission system and the possibility is also the hybrid version sometime 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 an estimation about the price.