Acura RDX Prototype accurately previews production model arriving this year

Acura RDX Prototype accurately previews production model arriving this year

Acura may be calling this 2019 RDX Prototype just a "first look" at the design of its upcoming third-generation RDX, but make no mistake, there's more here than simply hints and teases. With a consistent string of sales increases, the RDX has been the No. 1 or No. 2 seller in the segment for the past five years. You can figure, therefore, on the details being pitch-perfect by the time the 2019 RDX production model arrives later in the year.

When Acura does get around fitting its models with the new engine, we (hopefully) won't have to wrestle monumental torque steer as the engine will be paired with Acura's latest generation of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which debuts in the forthcoming 2019 RDX.

Finally, it's the first Acura model fully styled around the brand's new design language and its bold pentagon-shaped grille and Jewel Eye headlights.

An active suspension will be available, giving the driver the ability to choose among four driving modes: Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Snow.

All elements of the Acura True Touchpad Interface, including the new operating system with simple, clean graphics and menu structures, were designed in concert to work seamlessly with one another.

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While nowhere near as extreme as the Acura Precision Cockpit, the cabin of the RDX Prototype is more sophisticated and, as Acura puts it, more "tech-savvy". The technology is now Android-based and there's a new, high-definition touchscreen mounted atop the center console, with a head-up display available as an option. The touchpad's surface mirrors the layout on the screen, rather than acting like a mouse - something Acura says improves the system's intuitiveness.

Touchpads in cars have been met with middling feedback, to be frank, but Acura's approaches things slightly differently. For instance, a tap on the top left corner of the touchpad corresponds precisely with the action on the top left of the center display.

An ultra-wide panoramic moonroof is standard, and the prototype is fitted with four thin ceiling-mounted speakers as part of its 16-channel, 710-watt Acura ELS Studio 3D audio system. That has four ultra-thin speakers mounted in the roof of the vehicle, and was developed by Panasonic and tuned by Grammy-winning music producer and longtime Acura partner, Elliott Scheiner.

Inside, there's more space, rear legroom and cargo space. The five-seater now features Nappa leather and open pore woods, with heated and ventilated 16-way power front seats. So too will be AcuraWatch with its mixture of safety and driver-assistance technology; a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, hill start assistance, surround-view cameras, parking sensors, and a rear cross-traffic monitor with blind spot warnings will be optional. The 2019 RDX will also be the first Acura SUV to offer a sporty A-Spec trim. The brand has announced that all core Acura models developed moving forward will receive A-Spec treatment.

The third-generation 2019 RDX was designed and developed in the U.S.

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