2019 Acura RDX Facts: What You Need to Know About the All-New Model
The 2019 Acura RDX is one of the most exciting mainstream consumer vehicles shown across the auto show circuit this year.
With a beautiful new exterior refresh, a stunning and innovative interior overhaul, new technology, improved performance, and a host of new standard features–there’s a lot to love with this incredible upcoming luxury SUV.
Let’s find out what’s beyond the recent hype with some of the most important 2019 Acura RDX facts you need to know!
New Exterior Design
Following Acura’s new design trend, the 2019 RDX will feature an all-new exterior look to match the recently-redesigned MDX, TLX, and RLX. Headlined by its stunning diamond pentagon grille, there’s more to this redesign than you might notice at first glance.
The 2019 Acura RDX’s exterior features a much more sporty overall appearance. This is thanks to a slightly longer body and wider stance while maintaining the same height. Reformed body lines across the sides also make the RDX appear longer when compared side by side to the outgoing 2018 model.
All new next-gen headlight and “dragon tail” tail light designs blend into the sides of the RDX, providing an even more aggressive look from the front and rear of the vehicle.
First Turbocharged Engine Since 2012
For many years now, the RDX’s only engine option has been a 3.5-liter V6. But with the 2019 model, Acura has made a big change under the hood by offering a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This will be the first turbocharged engine used in the RDX since the 2012 model year.
The all-new standard engine doesn’t show a huge performance advantage on paper over the outgoing V6 currently in the 2018 model. However, thanks to the new engine’s turbocharger, it’s able to provide the 2019 RDX with 40% more low-end torque. This means, you’ll have fast acceleration from a full stop or at low speeds.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will feature 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. That’s less than the 279 horsepower currently on the 2018 model’s V6. But the torque is where the difference is made, as the 2018’s V6 engine only has 252 lb-ft of torque.
This is an exciting addition to the 2019 Acura RDX!
All-New Infotainment Interface
As much as many consumers are looking for a great looking car on the outside, car makers also know that the interior quality and technology can sell a car just as well as a great exterior. And with the 2019 RDX, Acura has shown off an all-new interior design scheme with a completely revamped infotainment interface.
Featuring a stunning 10.2-inch ultrawide display, the all-new infotainment system interface in the RDX is known as “True Touchpad.” It’s controlled using a touchpad placed naturally where drivers’ right hand lays for comfortable and convenient access. Using the touchpad, you can touch a position on the touchpad to interact with that position on the display. So if the icon for an app you’d like to open is located on the bottom left of the screen, you’d tap the bottom left of the touchpad to let the system know that’s where you’d like to “click.”
This system is known as “Absolute Positioning.” Meant to provide a comfortable, safe alternative to a typical touchscreen, it also has more usability compared to other infotainment systems that use knobs or mouse-like touchpads for interacting with the what’s on the display.
Standard Panoramic Moonroof
Acura is known for offering a lot of features standard on many of its models, as well as simple package upgrade options. This is a great alternative to the typical single add-on options list that many luxury brands go through with customers at the time of purchase.
On the 2019 Acura RDX, one of the most impressive new standard features is the panoramic moonroof. This is groundbreaking for any vehicle, but especially groundbreaking for a luxury vehicle. A moonroof/sunroof is typically an expensive option that can add thousands to the purchase price of your new car.
Acura isn’t just offering a normal single pane moonroof either, this is a large, dual-pane panoramic moonroof that extends almost the entire length of the vehicle. To get a panoramic moonroof in most vehicles, you have to both opt for a higher trim or pay that hefty single option price. Sometimes both.
Acura is truly changing the game with the 2019 RDX. It’s up to the competition to catch up now!