Acura took full advantage of the 2018 New York International Auto Show, using the event to finally reveal the production-ready version of their all-new 2019 RDX crossover SUV. Their latest SUV was first previewed at the Detroit Auto Show a few months prior.
"Quickest, best-handling, and most luxurious RX ever." Those were the words used by Acura to describe the 2019 RDX crossover. True enough, they delivered. The 2019 RDX is the company's latest version of their signature Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). Acura promises that the new and improved SH-AWD will improve handling and performance by leaps and bounds because of its use of complex, mechanical differential to vector power delivery to the rear axle.
That's not all. The 2019 RDX is the first car in its class to offer 10-speed automatic. It's powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four that's good for at least 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
The 2019 Acura RDX remains true to being a smaller version of the MDX crossover. However, the main difference with the latest SUV is that, according to Acura, it is one of their most extensively redesigned models in more than ten years. Perhaps this is why the RDX now sits on top of a new body and chassis architecture; the changes give RDX additional 2.6 inches in size at the wheelbase. This gives the second row of seats a bit more cargo room and a more spacious compartment on the floor.
To top it all off, the RDX will have a new A-spec appearance package upon release. The A-Spec adds 20-inch alloy wheels housed in rubber-band-thin tires, a lower front fascia, and a bunch of other aesthetic improvements, including a special gauge cluster with a satin finish and red gauge illumination.
For those who are eagerly waiting for the 2019 Acura RDX to arrive, expect it to hit your local dealers sometime in the middle of 2018 with details on the pricing announced a few weeks prior to its release.