The newest 2019 Acura RDX has been spotted testing in recent times and spy shots have been posted on the web too. Honda’s luxury-focused sub-brand Acura has been doing well of late and it is trying to make its presence felt in luxury car segment- globally. The Acura RDX is the first compact SUV/crossover sold by the company. After its launch 10 years back, the RDX has been given a number of revamps.
The RDX is one of the affordable luxury crossovers beyond doubt but its appeal was affected by its somewhat dull design and lack of finesse in the cabin. The company is set to change all that and the new RDX is getting a moderate makeover. The car will fight it out with rivals like BMW X5 and Audi Q5.
2019 Acura RDX – Revamped Front Grill
The upcoming 2019 Acura RDX will get some exterior styling enhancements. This is evident from the spy images. The front grille is going to be revamped. It will be built on a same modular platform on which the new CR-V is also based. It is expected that the new RDX will be a tad larger than the existing model. Some changes are likely to be made to the lamps at both rear and front side of the vehicle. It will be sold in several enticing exterior colors.
The cabin of the upcoming RDX crossover will also be spruced up to an extent. The dashboard will be revamped and upholstery and interior materials are likely to get a makeover. The Acura RDX does not exactly have trims unlike most of the rivals. Instead, the company offers packages like Technology, Advance and AcuraWatch Plus. The upholstery customization choices may be more in number for 2019.
Safety and Packages of the 2019 Acura RDX
The 2019 Acura RDX is likely to come laden with advanced safety technologies and amenities. A broad range of driver assistance safety tech will be present. The adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and departure warning forward-collision braking and warning. The all-wheel drive (AWD) is also available.
Even the base one will come with plenty of features, as it is. You get features like 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, cruise control, power liftgate, keyless ignition, 2 zones automatic climate control, sunroof. Furthermore, there is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way-power driver’s seat, active noise cancellation, a multi-view rearview camera and more. A dual-screen infotainment setup with Bluetooth, USB and voice command, and a 7-speaker/360-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with a 5-inch LCD display are available. It also comes with USB/auxiliary inputs, voice-activated text messaging and Pandora Internet radio.
The Technology package gets you blind-spot monitoring, a navigation system, GPS-linked climate control. There is also a HD radio, leather upholstery and internet radio. In the Advance package, you get rear parking sensors, auto-dimming side mirrors, fog lights and ventilated front seats. The infotainment setup should get some enhancements and will be more intuitive. Option for installing a premium audio system should be there too. Furthermore, the Navigation is available in both Technology and Advance packages.
The top line advanced AcuraWatch Plus package brings in the automatic braking system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control. Also in this package is included parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, remote engine start, fog lights, front seats that are heated and ventilate and much more. It remains to be seen in Acura adds pedestrian detection on top of these.
2019 Acura RDX – Expect Hybrid Variant and Regular Engine
It is not clear what powertrain will be used in the upcoming 2019 Acura RDX. However, given the fact most carmakers are switching to green and solar energy options, the RDX may get a hybrid powertrain. There will be regular fuel variants on offer too.
The existing 3.5-liter V-6 unit may be retained but it could get tweaked for better output. The existing model has an output of 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. Also, we expect a turbocharged engine that will offer for 2019.
The new 2019 Acura RDX may get AWD by default. But that has not been confirmed off. The current model of Acura comes with an EPA city/highway fuel economy of 20/28 mpg for the (FWD) and 19/27 mpg for the (AWD). We expect better numbers in the upcoming model.
2019 Acura RDX – Price and Availability
The exact pricing of 2019 Acura RDX is not known but the pricing will be like the existing model- more or less. A base price of around $36.000 is likely and top trim price may be near $45.000. Whit this prices consider that if you want to upgrade to the all-wheel-drive system, you must pay extra 1500. Also, there is AcuraWatch package that cost around $1300. It will be still reasonable compared to segment rivals. The release date could be in sometime in late 2018.
Conclusion, Opponents and Sale Statistic
The upcoming version of 2019 Acura RDX is likely to get styling and technological boost to stay in the race. The new styling will help it entice more target buyers. The powertrain choice may be expanded, as it looks like. It remains to be seen if the amenities also go up.
The 2019 Acura RDX is likely to be priced reasonably since the competition like Infinity QX30, Lincoln MKC and BMW X5 is fierce in this segment. It comes across as a good alternative luxury compact crossover for those buyers who do not want to bleed their wallets heavily. If we look at the statistics from the July, the Acura RDX significantly increase its sales with a record of 28.2 percent gain on sales of 5,539.