Acura’s bestselling nameplate is about to receive the all-new suit. Well, as a matter of fact the new generation model won’t come for two years, but the car manufacturer has decided to start with some test. Moreover, we already saw the first testing mule of the 2019 Acura RDX.
2019 Acura RDX: Changes and Platform
The new generation RDX crossover is heavily camouflaged, so we can’t say in which direction will go the redesign. However, judging by the spy shots we saw, the new vehicle could get smother lines and better aerodynamic. It’s also pretty obvious that there will be a new grille with totally different look. As you may notice, there’s a beak on the grille, while the new front bumper seems more pronounced. The prototype still uses carmaker’s distinctive Jewel Eye LED headlights, but this will definitely change in the coming months. Around back, the crossover appears to have a completely different hatch, as well as new taillights, which are positioned a bit lower than earlier.
We are pretty much sure that the prototype features a larger footprint, so the production-ready 2019 Acura RDX should be larger too. This highly-luxurious SUV will probably move on a different architecture, likely on the same as it uses the Honda CR-V.
Future Engine Options
Acura’s drivetrain department will have pretty big work to do with the 2019 RDX. The new generation crossover will definitely get a new engine, most likely the new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. As we have heard, the unit will be able to deliver around 230 horsepower. The manufacturer will probably keep the current 3.5-liter engine, but it would also add a hybrid or even a plug-in hybrid option under the hood. The new generation RDX will continue to offer a standard front-wheel and optional all-wheel drive, as well as a six-speed automatic transmission.