A Preview of the 2019 Acura RDX

Not much is known about the upcoming 2019 Acura RDX, and mostly any related information is pure speculation. However, the company recently released a teaser about the car before its set reveal at the 2018 North American International Auto Show of Detroit. From what we can tell, the company plans to move forward with several features that were tested in previous production models. For example, there is a clear association between some features of the new car and Acura’s Precision Concept and Precision Cockpit ideas (originally introduced at the 2016 International Auto Show).

Though these new ideas were at first featured only in the sleek concept car that rolled up to last year’s show, we can expect that the newest vehicles from Acura will incorporate some aspects of the design. The manufacturer is moving away from unpopular ideas (e.g., the “beak” grille design) and attempting to bring a crossover to the market that will appeal to the most people.

What Do We Know So Far?

Many of the details of the 2019 Acura RDX will not be set in stone until it premiers in January. However, the teaser does confirm some cosmetic details that were previously unknown. The grille will be of Acura’s diamond pentagon design, which appeals to more potential customers than the old design. In addition, we can see that the RDX will incorporate more sharp angles in its design, lending it a meaner edge than the curvaceous lines of the older models. This design, definitely exuded by the concept car shown in 2016, gives the impression of speed and quality to this crossover. The interior has also been redesigned, but details are not set in stone yet — but there is plenty of room to speculate.


With so many details remaining unclear, we must turn to speculation regarding features that the new Acura may include. Many of these ideas have already been implemented in previous models by the auto manufacturer, which lends some credence to what otherwise might be merely an educated guess.

The motor that will be powering the new RDX has not yet been announced. However, there is a high likelihood that it will use the same motor as the 2018 Accord 2.0T – a 2-liter, four-cylinder turbo motor that puts out excellent horsepower and torque. It may have to be beefed up a bit for the crossover application, but the commendable fuel efficiency and power combination this motor boasts is a great starting point for the 2019 RDX.

Of course, the drivetrain will probably continue to incorporate Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive — a design first introduced on their flagship product, the Acura RL sedan. This system allows for superior handling in many road conditions, including on snowy or slick surfaces. It will also help to mitigate some of the danger associated with winter driving. There is no doubt that this would lead to a stronger hold on the crossover market.

One feature that is sure to be included on the 2019 Acura RDX is a new version of their Integrated Dynamics System. This feature will offer a switch that controls how the vehicle responds to driver input. The system often includes economy, normal, and sport settings that drastically change throttle sensitivity, transmission performance, and other aspects of driving. For example, putting the vehicle into sport mode will provide the best handling and power, at a small cost to fuel economy.

Another interior feature we hope to see implemented in the 2019 RDX would be a continuation of what Acura started with the 2018 model. The 2018 RDX had an extremely spacious interior, yet was priced about the same as many other crossovers with less space. However, the interior design may be simplified to maintain the reasonable price Acura traditionally offers to customers.

As far as displays and dashboards go, if Acura holds to their Precision design concept, we will see a digital display incorporated in every model of the 2019 RDX. It will likely be a small infotainment screen, with an option of a bigger screen on higher trim levels. This screen will also allow you to take full advantage of the likely-included back-up camera, among other screen-based conveniences.

The Verdict

Any information that has come out about the 2019 RDX will remain mere speculation until the final reveal at the 2018 International Auto Show. However, from what we do know, Acura is seeking to improve their image while appealing to the largest possible customer base. This will result in a more aesthetically-pleasing vehicle, possibly leading to a higher Acura presence on American roads in the future.

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