Acura Teases Prototype of 2019 RDX in Advance of Detroit Auto Show
Division-Exclusive Platform Will Underpin Acura’s Next RDX
The Acura RDX will get a total makeover as early as the 2019 model year, going off the company’s recent teaser for the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Officially called the Acura RDX Prototype, we’d bet the SUV teased in the image and video is a dead ringer for the production third-generation RDX, due sometime in the next year.
While the current RDX is one of Acura’s bestselling models (and one of the most popular vehicles in the compact luxury SUV segment), it doesn’t seem the company will rest on its laurels. Acura promises the third-generation RDX Prototype represents “the most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade,” sporting a new, Acura-exclusive platform not shared with an existing Honda product. That’s a distinct departure from the first- and second-generation crossovers, which shared their respective platforms with the contemporary Honda CR-V.
The RDX Prototype was designed and developed in America, incorporating Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance design ethos. Unlike other models that were facelifted to include the company’s new styling language (MDX, TLX, and RLX), the RDX was designed from the outset with strong features inspired by the Acura Precision Concept and Precision Cockpit.
There’s not a whole lot to see of the new design in the teaser image or video provided by Acura, but the shadowy profile looks good inasmuch as we can tell. The interior looks like it’ll abandon the twin-screen layout of current Acura products, embracing a cleaner center stack with a freestanding touchscreen. Outside, there’s a strong sense of Acura familiarity thanks to the signature “diamond pentagon” grille and glowering, squinty headlamps. The hood features bold power bulges, and a long strip of chrome running along the roofline avoids the “floating-roof” trend while still appearing modern and stylish.
Obviously, we can’t give a final judgment till we see the RDX in full, but it promises to be a cohesive, attractive design. Acura did wonderful things to the MDX when it was updated with “Precision Crafted” styling, and if it does the same with a clean-sheet redesign, the RDX should be a looker.
Expect to see the RDX Prototype make its official debut on January 15 in Detroit.