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2013 Acura RDX Prototype shares Detroit limelight [video]

Hiding amongst its more illustrious siblings, Acura has revealed a 2013 RDX crossover SUV prototype to crowds in Detroit. It is due to hit the market in just a few short months so it is pretty safe to assume that the full production version will look virtually identical to the prototype we see here.

The 2013 RDX prototype is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 hp (276PS/203kW), a 33hp bump on the previous model. It is hooked up to the model alongside a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter and a new, lighter all-wheel-drive system. It results in a fuel economy rating of 20mpg (city) and 28mpg (highway).

The exterior has been designed with additional aerodynamic efficiency which results in a sportier and sleeker look. The updates to the chassis has given the model slightly larger dimensions in comparison to its predecessor which also contributes to the wider track, unfortunately no specific figures have been released of this aspect of the vehicle.

Moving to the cabin, an array of updates and refinements are found that give the model a more luxurious look and a quiet drive has been created with the use of sound deadening materials. Passengers are also treated to additional leg room, more cargo space and larger door openings.

Acura have completed the model by packing enticing technologies into the SUV which consumers are sure to demand. These include Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text messaging, an advanced navigation system with voice recognition, AcuraLink Satellite Communication System and real-time weather reports.

 

Acura RDX

Shown as a prototype version of the 2013 RDX, the second generation of Acura's five-passenger crossover SUV will up the ante with a new approach to achieving both advanced performance and fuel efficiency via a new engine, transmission and all-wheel drive system.

The 2013 RDX, scheduled to launch in Spring 2012, will have as standard equipment a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower- 33 more than the outgoing model. For even higher performance and improved fuel economy, the RDX makes use of a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. The RDX also gets a new, lighter all-wheel-drive system that provides the required performance and safety with increased efficiency.

With anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, front-wheel-drive models of the 2013 RDX are expected to offer the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered luxury SUV in its class.

The RDX exterior incorporates a sleek, more aerodynamically efficient body, evolving RDX from a sporty, compact SUV to a more formal look with a longer, sculpted hood and styling that is more elegant and sophisticated to match the Acura philosophy of timeless, beautiful design. Chassis updates include a longer wheelbase and wider track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system.

Inside the 2013 RDX, new sweeping shapes, matte surface trim, and generous use of leather combine to give the RDX interior an upscale look and luxury feel that Acura customers have come to expect. Abundant use of sound deadening materials and Active Sound Control team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin. Additional interior features, such as larger door openings, more passenger room, increased cargo volume and a power rear tailgate make the RDX interior even more accommodating and flexible.

As with the ILX, the 2013 RDX will receive a host of new technologies including Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a smart entry keyless access system, pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera. An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice RecognitionTM, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic ReroutingTM, and AcuraLink Real-Time WeatherTM with radar image maps. New for 2013, the even more advanced navigation system utilizes a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity - including 15 gigabytes that can be allocated for music storage.

Acura anticipates that the RDX will achieve top ratings in both NHTSA and IIHS crash safety testing.

Production of the new RDX will move to the East Liberty, Ohio plant of Honda of America Mfg., Inc.- home to one of the four top assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The first generation RDX has been built at the Marysville, Ohio auto plant, an IQS award winner for both of its assembly lines.

 

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Comments (12)

Jerry Wright
GREAT DESIGN EXCEPT!!!! THAT UGLY SHEILD!!!! COME ON ACURA GET RID OF THAT SHEILD!!! IT LOOK LIKE A CHEAP ASS SATURN AND WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO SATURN!! WELL WITH THAT SHEILD YOU WILL BE THERE TOO!
Jan 10, 2012 8:16 pm
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marshall-mills@sbcglobal.net
Calm down. If you don't like it, buy something else. It's obviously not marketed towards you, anyway.
Jan 11, 2012 2:51 pm
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eddie
I have a 2010 RDX. The 2.4 liter turbo 4 is awesome. Also the Acura line all come fully loaded and even the entry level models in the $20,000 range have xenon headlights. I do not know of any other car company that offers xenon headlights in $30,000 or less vehicles! I would definitely buy another but not for awhile as I love this car.
Jan 9, 2012 7:20 pm
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Jerry Wright
Mazda in top end models
Jan 10, 2012 8:17 pm
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magnem
yea but there `s something wrong no SH-AWD just AWD like crv and that`s not good !!!!
Jan 9, 2012 7:05 pm
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peterjames7
God acura make crap looking cars
Jan 9, 2012 7:04 pm
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ATS-V
VTEC....I was going to say the same
Jan 9, 2012 5:15 pm
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EMBJATI85
why no turbo
Jan 9, 2012 5:14 pm
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NYyanks
The 4 Cylinder turbo deemed to be less fuel efficient than the VTEC 3.5 liter 6 cylinder engine....so they did a proper engine swap to deliver more power AND more fuel economy lol
Jan 9, 2012 5:34 pm
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4rings
...and more refinement from the 6, as opposed to the 4
Jan 12, 2012 7:42 am
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kenchan
How is that an improvement? I was expecting some DI engines. ......
Jan 9, 2012 5:01 pm
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NYyanks
Much more refined than before, i can tell it's vaguely related to the Honda CR-V but that's alright,(also looks like a little bit smaller MDX which is fine as well) the Acura design is cleaner and more sophisticated as it should be. Looking more luxurious than ever, very good.
Jan 9, 2012 5:01 pm
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