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2019 Acura RDX: America’s Best-Selling Compact Luxury SUV Earns Highest Possible 2019 Safety Award from IIHS

  • Highest Possible IIHS safety ratings among all compact luxury SUVs
  • RDX achieves retail best-selling title following six-consecutive record months
  • RDX on pace to surpass 60,000 units, setting a new all-time record

The 2019 Acura RDX has earned the highest possible award and safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2019 RDX qualified for TOP SAFETY PICK+ thanks to a top rating of “GOOD” in all crashworthiness tests, standard AcuraWatch™ active safety technology that earns a superior rating, and available good-rated headlights. Since its launch in June, the all-new RDX has recorded six-consecutive monthly sales records to take the lead as America’s #1 retail-selling compact luxury SUV for 20181. Total sales for the year are on pace to surpass 60,000 units, marking a new all-time record for RDX.

According to the IIHS, “The 2019 Acura RDX excelled in our six crashworthiness evaluations, including the roof strength test. Our testing apparatus applied over 21,000 lbs of force to the RDX’s roof before it crushed 5 inches. That’s more than 5 times the weight of the vehicle.”

“The 2019 Acura RDX offers the highest level of standard safety and driver-assistance features in its class, so earning class-leading safety ratings is a strong proof point of the technology and design innovation we’re bringing to the game,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.

Developed by the company’s U.S. R&D team, the 2019 RDX has the newest generation of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, new high-strength steel door stiffener rings, and for the first time, eight airbags, including new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. Furthermore, RDX features the AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assisitive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation. RDX also features Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights to help achieve its best-in-class ratings.

To earn the 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also needs available front crash prevention that earns an advanced or superior rating and available good-rated headlights. The RDX’s standard Jewel Eye™ LED headlights are rated good, while the curve-adaptive LED headlights equipped with the Advance Package are rated acceptable.
       
2019 Acura RDX 
Debuting the next-generation of Acura design, performance and technology, and the model’s first-ever A-Spec variant, the all-new 2019 Acura RDX went on-sale June 1 at Acura dealerships nationwide with a class-leading array of premium features and technologies and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP2) starting at $37,300 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

The 2019 RDX is built on an all-new, Acura-exclusive body and chassis architecture and incorporates a host of new premium features and technologies, including Acura’s award winning True Touchpad Interface™, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, available Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system, and next-generation Acura sport seats with up to 16-way power adjustability.

The 2019 RDX is powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC® valvetrain mated to the segment’s only 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). Peak output of 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) bests RDX’s key compeitors from Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volvo. The RDX is available with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system, capable of distributing up to 70-percent of torque to the rear wheels, and up to 100-percent of that torque to either the left or right rear wheels, creating outstanding control and agility.

The 2019 Acura RDX is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. Like its predecessor, the new RDX is manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, with the powertrain produced at the company’s plants in Ohio and Georgia.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura RDX Sets New Annual Sales Record

  • RDX eclipses previous annual sales record of 52,361 units, set in 2016, with more than six selling weeks left in the year
  • RDX is the retail best-selling model in the premium midsize CUV category, luxury’s largest segment
  • RDX is the only model in segment with 50,000+ sales in each of the last four years

The Acura RDX continues its quest to conquer luxury’s largest segment, topping its previous annual sales record with more than six weeks remaining in 2018. Since the launch of the fully redesigned 2019 model in June, RDX has posted five consecutive monthly sales records, with year-to-date sales in excess of 52,361 units, the previous record it set in 2016.

“As the first in a new generation, the 2019 RDX significantly ups the ante in terms of performance, design, materials and technology,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura. “The positive response from our customers is a powerful statement about the future direction of the Acura brand.”

RDX has quickly become the retail best-selling model in the premium midsize CUV category, luxury’s largest segment, and the number three top retail selling vehicle in all of luxury1. Further, RDX has helped Acura to a 7.3% gain in luxury SUV sales for the year, including a new all-time record for Acura SUVs in October. On a cumulative basis, all-time RDX sales now exceed 415,000 units, and RDX is the only model in its segment to top 50,000 units in sales every year since 2015. Moreover, the RDX is the class leader in sales to under-35 year-old luxury customers cumulatively since 2013.

Sales Momentum Across the Brand
Year-to-date, Acura is one of only two top-five luxury brands in positive retail sales territory. The recently redesigned Acura ILX sports sedan continues to gain market share, capturing the highest number of millennial buyers in segment, while the midsize TLX is outpacing key competitors from BMW, Lexus, Infiniti and Volvo in retail sales for the year. The Acura MDX, a perennial top choice in the premium upper midsize CUV segment, also holds the title of America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time.

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Trucks and Electrified Vehicles Spark Strong October Sales for American Honda

  • American Honda trucks gain 6.5% to set new October record
  • Honda electrified vehicles have best month on record, exceeding 6,000 retail sales for second month in a row
  • Honda Pilot sales climb 31% for best October sales; Odyssey rises 15%
  • Acura trucks set new October record, gaining 15%
  • Acura RDX records best October and second best single month in history, jumping 75% 

“With production across our entire Honda and Acura lineups in alignment to meet true consumer demand, we continue to achieve steady and sustainable results as we enter the final two months of the year,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division.

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2019 Acura RDX Wins “Wards 10 Best UX” Award for Innovative Tech

With praise for its ease of use and intuitive functionality, the 2019 Acura RDX received a “10 Best UX” award from the experts at WardsAuto, an industry website based in Southfield, MI.

Tom Murphy, Managing Editor of WardsAuto, complimented the RDX, saying “Acura gives us everything we could want in a user experience: excellent driver-assistance technologies, a first-rate sound system with headliner-mounted speakers and an overall clean design. But the most impressive aspect of the new RDX is its innovative True Touchpad.”

Since 2016, the Wards 10 Best UX awards have recognized vehicles that enhance users’ lifestyles and make technology easy to utilize. The all-new Acura RDX, on sale since June 1, has posted three-consecutive months of record sales, and is the best-selling model in the hotly contested compact luxury SUV segment1.

RDX Technology

The 2019 RDX provides a premium and tech-savvy cabin experience with the first application of Acura’s True Touchpad™ Interface, an all-new design that combines the advantages of both conventional touchscreen and remote-based approaches. The True Touchpad Interface features a 10.2-inch full-HD center display mounted high atop the center console, close to the driver’s natural line of sight, and a center console-mounted touchpad that is precisely mapped, one-to-one, with the action on the center display – the world’s first use of “absolute positioning” in the driving environment.  (For more information on how the new True Touchpad Interface™, please watch a brief video here.)

The new RDX also marks the debut of the available Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers. Another Acura first is a new natural language voice recognition system, which allows for more intuitive voice control of major features and functions, including commands for the available embedded Acura Navigation System. Also new is an available 10.5-inch full-color interactive Head-Up Display, which puts customizable information displays, including audio, phone, AcuraWatch alerts, turn-by-turn navigation and more, in the driver’s line of sight.

Finally, the RDX features the latest generation of AcuraLink™, which features in-vehicle 4GLTE Wi-Fi, available over-the-air software updates and a wide array of cloud-based services, including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more.

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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2019 Acura RDX: America’s Best-Selling Compact Luxury SUV Earns Highest Possible 2018 Safety Award from IIHS

  • Highest Possible IIHS safety ratings among all compact luxury SUVs
  • Back-to-back record months earn new RDX retail best-selling title

The 2019 Acura RDX has earned the highest possible award and safety ratings of any vehicle in its class from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2019 RDX qualified for TOP SAFETY PICK+ thanks to a top rating of “GOOD” in all crashworthiness tests, standard AcuraWatch™ active safety technology that earns a superior rating, and available good-rated headlights. The all-new RDX went on-sale June 1, recording back-to-back monthly sales records in June and July to take the lead as America’s #1 retail-selling compact luxury SUV for 20181.

According to the IIHS, “The 2019 Acura RDX excelled in our six crashworthiness evaluations, including the roof strength test. Our testing apparatus applied over 21,000 lbs of force to the RDX’s roof before it crushed 5 inches. That’s more than 5 times the weight of the vehicle.”

“The 2019 Acura RDX offers the highest level of standard safety and driver-assistance features in its class, so earning class-leading safety ratings is a strong proof point of the technology and design innovation we’re bringing to the game,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.

Developed by the company’s U.S. R&D team, the 2019 RDX has the newest generation of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, new high-strength steel door stiffener rings, and for the first time, eight airbags, including new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. Furthermore, RDX features the AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assisitive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation. RDX also features Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights to help achieve its best-in-class ratings.

To earn the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap test. It also needs available front crash prevention that earns an advanced or superior rating and available good-rated headlights. The RDX’s base headlights are rated good. The curve-adaptive headlights equipped with the Advance trim are rated acceptable.

2019 Acura RDX

Debuting the next-generation of Acura design, performance and technology, and the model’s first-ever A-Spec variant, the all-new 2019 Acura RDX went on-sale June 1 at Acura dealerships nationwide with a class-leading array of premium features and technologies and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP2) starting at $37,300 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

The 2019 RDX is built on an all-new, Acura-exclusive body and chassis architecture and incorporates a host of new premium features and technologies, including Acura’s True Touchpad® Interface (standard), an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof (standard), Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, and next-generation Acura sport seats with up to 16-way power adjustment.

The all-new RDX is powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC® valvetrain mated to the segment’s only 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). Peak output of 272 horsepower (SAE net) and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) bests RDX’s key competitors and delivers 40 percent more low-end torque than the outgoing 3.5L V6 for powerful acceleration.

The 2019 Acura RDX is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. Like its predecessor, the new RDX is manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, with the powertrain produced at the company’s plants in Ohio and Georgia.

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

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Acura RDX Snaps Multiple Sales Records Amidst 2019 Model Launch

  • Best month ever for the RDX and for any Acura SUV
  • Best sales month for any Acura model in more than a decade

The all-new 2019 Acura RDX compact luxury SUV came out of the gate at full gallop, helping break multiple U.S. sales records in June, while topping its highly competitive segment. The 2019 model, which arrived at U.S. dealerships June 1, is the first in a new generation of Acura products and represents the most extensive Acura redesign in a decade.

  • RDX sales set an all-time record for any month jumping 36.9% over June 2017 (itself a record month) on sales of 7,292 units.
  • RDX set a new monthly sales record for Acura SUVs, eclipsing the previous mark of 6,761 units set by MDX in 2014.
  • RDX sales in June were the highest monthly sales total of any Acura model in more than a decade (since the Acura TL sedan in April 2006).
  • RDX was the best-selling model in the compact luxury SUV segment and one of the top-selling luxury vehicles in America in June.
  • RDX propelled Acura to a new June light-truck sales record of 11,185 units, a 16.9 percent gain over June of last year.

“The 2019 RDX sets the foundation for a whole new generation of Acura products, and this incredible response from the market and all of our stakeholders affirms the direction we are taking the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura.

2019 Acura RDX

Debuting the next-generation of Acura design, performance and technology, and the model’s first-ever A-Spec variant, the all-new 2019 Acura RDX went on-sale June 1 at Acura dealerships nationwide with a class-leading array of premium features and technologies and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) starting at $37,300 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

The 2019 RDX is built on an all-new, Acura-exclusive body and chassis architecture and incorporates a host of new premium features and technologies, including Acura’s True Touchpad® Interface (standard), an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof (standard), Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, and next-generation Acura sport seats with up to 16-way power adjustment.

The all-new RDX is powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC® valvetrain mated to the segment’s only 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). Peak output of 272 horsepower (SAE net) and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) bests RDX’s key competitors and delivers 40 percent more low-end torque than the outgoing 3.5L V6 for powerful acceleration.

The 2019 Acura RDX is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. Like its predecessor, the new RDX is manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio, with the powertrain produced at the company’s other plants in Ohio and Georgia.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

For More Information
Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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First in a Generation: All-New 2019 Acura RDX Arrives in Showrooms June 1

  • Most extensive Acura product redesign in a decade heralds new era for Acura design, performance and luxury
  • Acura exclusive platform, powerful new turbo engine, available next-generation SH-AWD™ and top-of-class class power-to-weight ratio yields quickest, best handling RDX yet
  • Dramatically upgraded interior features advanced new True Touchpad Interface™
  • RDX is the top-selling nameplate in the compact luxury SUV segment1since launched in 2006

Debuting the next-generation of Acura design, performance and technology, and the model’s first-ever A-Spec variant, the all-new 2019 Acura RDX goes on-sale at Acura dealerships nationwide on June 1. With a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP2) starting at $37,300 (excluding $995 destination and handling), the 2019 RDX comes standard with a class-leading array of premium features and technologies. Priced the same as the outgoing model equipped with AcuraWatch™ (now standard), the new RDX is thousands less than comparably equipped European competitors.

The all-new RDX is the first in a new generation of products developed from the ground up around Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance brand direction, and is the top-selling nameplate in the compact luxury SUV segment3 since RDX launched in 2006, with cumulative U.S. sales exceeding 375,000 vehicles. The Ohio-made RDX is built on an all-new Acura-exclusive platform featuring a new VTEC® Turbo powertrain, the segment’s only 10-speed transmission and the (available) next generation of Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

The new RDX offers a more luxurious and spacious interior, top-of-class power-to-weight ratio, and a long list of standard luxury features and technologies, including AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive tecnhnology, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, next-generation Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights and the new True Touchpad Interface™, Acura’s groundbreaking new user interface tailored around the driving environment.

The new RDX can be upgraded with the Technology Package and line-topping Advance Package. Available new premium features, depending on trim, include 16-way power adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a 10.5-inch full-color Head-Up Display, 16-channel Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, Surround View Camera System, Cross Traffic Monitor and blind spot information System.

The RDX is also the first Acura SUV available with the A-Spec sport appearance package, which includes 20-inch wheels and low-profile 245/45R20 tires, gloss black exterior accents, large-diameter exhaust finishers, A-Spec badging and exclusive interior upgrades including an available red or black leather interior with black Ultrasuede® inserts.

2019 RDX Pricing & EPA Ratings

Trim MSRP
MSRP
including $995 Destination4
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
(city / highway / combined)5
RDX (FWD) $37,300 $38,295 22 / 28 / 24
RDX (FWD) with Technology Package $40,500 $41,495 22 / 28 /24
RDX (FWD) A-Spec $43,500 $44,495 22 / 27 / 24
RDX (FWD) with Advance Package $45,400 $46,395 22 / 28 / 24
RDX SH-AWD $39,300 $40,295 21 / 27 / 23
RDX SH-AWD with Technology Package $42,500 $43,495 21 / 27 / 23
RDX SH-AWD A-Spec $45,500 $46,495 21 / 26 / 23
RDX SH-AWD with Advance Package $47,400 $48,395 21 / 27 / 23

RDX Design
The 2019 RDX is the first all-new model to fully express Acura’s new exterior and interior design direction that first debuted in the Acura Precision Concept and Acura Precision Cockpit. The new RDX boasts a more premium and athletic stance with a longer wheelbase, shortened front overhang and wider track. The new design showcases Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille, next-generation Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and NSX-inspired front air curtains.

Inside, the new RDX impresses with sumptuous interior appointments, including available authentic brushed aluminum, stainless steel and Olive Ash wood accents, intricately sculpted sport seats, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and a high-deck floating center console that showcases the new True Touchpad Interface and the NSX-inspired drive mode dial.

With its 2.6-inch longer wheelbase and new packaging, the RDX provides expanded cabin space with class-leading rear legroom, a fully-flat rear floor, and a larger (+3.4 cubic feet) cargo area with an additional 1.7 cubic-feet of compartmented underfloor storage.

RDX Performance 
The 2019 RDX is powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC® valvetrain mated to the segment’s only 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). Peak output of 272 horsepower (SAE net) and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) bests RDX’s key competitors, including Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volvo, and delivers 40 percent more low-end torque than the outgoing 3.5L V6 for powerful acceleration.

The all-new RDX redesign also heralds the return of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) to the RDX nameplate. This next-generation of Acura SH-AWD features improved rear-wheel torque capacity, up 40 percent over the previous-generation system, further amplifying the performance enhancing capabilities of Acura’s dynamic torque vectoring technology. Now, up to 70% of torque can be distributed to the rear wheels, and up to 100% of that torque can be distributed to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel, creating outstanding control and agility. SH-AWD is among the most advanced all-wheel-drive systems available in a luxury automobile and the 2019 RDX is the first model to utilize this new generation.

All RDX models also come equipped with Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System – with Snow, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes – providing the driver with an expanded range of dynamic experiences to suit their mood and the driving environment. The system interacts with the Drive-by-Wire™ throttle, 10-speed transmission, electric power steering, SH-AWD (if equipped) with torque vectoring, traction control, Active Damper System (on Advance grades) and Active Sound Control to provide a wider range of driving experiences and dynamic capabilities based on the needs of the driver and driving conditions.

RDX Technology
The 2019 RDX provides a more premium and tech-savvy cabin experience with the first application of Acura’s True Touchpad Interface™, an all-new design that combines the advantages of both conventional touchscreen and remote-based approaches. The True Touchpad Interface™ features a 10.2-inch full-HD center display mounted high atop the center console, close to the driver’s natural line of sight, and a center console-mounted touchpad that is precisely mapped, one-to-one, with the action on the center display – the world’s first use of “absolute positioning” in the driving environment.  (For more information on how the new True Touchpad Interface™, please watch a brief video here.)

The new RDX also marks the debut of the available Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers. Another Acura first is a new natural language voice recognition system, which allows for more intuitive voice control of major features and functions, including commands for the available embedded Acura Navigation System. Also new is an available 10.5-inch full-color interactive Head-Up Display, which puts customizable information displays, including audio, phone, AcuraWatch alerts, turn-by-turn navigation and more, in the driver’s line of sight.

Finally, the RDX features the latest generation of AcuraLink™, which features in-vehicle 4GLTE Wi-Fi, available over-the-air software updates and a wide array of cloud-based services, including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more.

Development and Manufacturing

The 2019 Acura RDX is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America, designed at the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, and developed in Raymond, Ohio. Like its predecessor, the new RDX is manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio5. The 2019 RDX’s 2.0-liter VTEC® turbo engine is produced at the company’s Anna, Ohio engine plant6. Its new SH-AWD™ system is manufactured at the company’s Russels Point, Ohio transmission plant6, and its 10-speed automatic transmission is manufactured in the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia6.

For More Information
Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles. Consumer information is available at http://www.acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at https://acura.us/SocialChannels.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

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Production of All-New 2019 Acura RDX Begins at East Liberty Auto Plant

  • $54 million investment to build the first in a new generation of Acura products
  • All RDX models for the North American market built in East Liberty, Ohio
  • Five of six models in Acura lineup produced in Ohio
  • 2.0-liter DOHC VTEC® Turbo engine made in Anna, Ohio
  • Segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission produced in Tallapoosa, Georgia

Acura today celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2019 Acura RDX, the first in a new generation of Acura products built around Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance brand direction. The new RDX is a clean-sheet, top-to-bottom redesign of Acura’s perennial top-selling five-passenger luxury SUV, brought to life through new capital investment of $54 million in new technologies and processes at the East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP).

New technologies at the East Liberty Auto Plant include a new roller hemming process for the new RDX’s ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and the use of high-performance structural adhesives for enhanced body rigidity – both manufacturing firsts for a mass-produced Acura model. A new multi-layer paint system highlights the introduction of new Acura-exclusive premium exterior color options.

“This new RDX defines the future of Acura, and our Ohio team did an incredible job preparing this first in a new generation of Acura vehicles for our customers,” said Jim Hefner, plant manager at the East Liberty Auto Plant. “Paired with a new Ohio-made 2.0-liter Turbo engine, an all-new platform and a host of new technologies, the 2019 RDX sets a new high bar for style, performance and sophistication in a compact luxury SUV.”

The new Acura RDX takes its power from a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, VTEC® Turbo engine produced at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant. The engine is mated to a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) manufactured at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia transmission plant. Peak output is 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, with the new 10AT and available next-generation of Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive® (SH-AWD™), making this the quickest, best-handling RDX yet. The all-new 2019 Acura RDX will begin arriving at U.S. Acura dealerships in June.

The Acura RDX is launching from a position of strength as the top selling nameplate in the compact luxury SUV segment since its launch in 2006, with cumulative U.S. sales of more than 375,000 units (through end of April 2018), all made in Ohio.  RDX also is coming off its 3rd straight year of 50,000 or higher sales (2015-17), something no other model in segment can claim.

In addition to being manufactured in the U.S. for the past 12 years and over three generations, the all-new 2019 model is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. Styling design of the RDX was conducted by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, with development undertaken by the company’s North American R&D team, based in Raymond, Ohio. The RDX has been completely reengineered on a new, Acura-exclusive platform and showcases the next-generation Acura design direction.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio1, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

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All-new 2019 Acura RDX Makes Road Debut as Official Vehicle of Rally Cycling Alongside NSX Supercar

  • 2019 RDX compact luxury SUV is official support vehicle of Rally Cycling during the Amgen Tour of California and throughout 2018 racing season
  • Acura enters 7th year of partnership with Rally Cycling as its Official Vehicle
  • Racing fans get a sneak peek at completely redesigned and re-engineered, all-new 2019 RDX before arriving in dealerships mid-year

The all-new 2019 Acura RDX will make its public debut as the official team vehicle and lead support vehicle of Rally Cycling, America’s 2017 top-ranked continental men’s and women’s cycling program, throughout the 2018 season, starting with the Amgen Tour of California (May 13-19). Now in its 7th year as a Rally Cycling sponsor, Acura also will be providing a 2018 NSX supercar as a second support vehicle to accompany the racers through each leg of the Amgen Tour of California. Both the RDX and NSX are skinned in the Rally Cycling team colors (orange and black) and logo as they accompany Rally Cycling during the Amgen Tour of California, and as the RDX continues on tour throughout the 2018 racing season.

“We’re excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Rally Cycling and showcase the all-new RDX on public roads,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura. “The 2019 RDX is the quickest, best-handling yet, making it the perfect vehicle to support the Rally Cycling team throughout the rigorous race season.”

As the first in a new generation of Acura products, the re-engineered 2019 RDX delivers top-of-class performance, a more spacious and luxurious cabin, and a host of premium technology and features. Designed, developed and manufactured in America1, the new turbocharged RDX will begin arriving at Acura dealers this summer as the quickest, best handling and most luxurious RDX yet.

The 2018 Rally Cycling men’s team consists of 16 riders, and is directed by Jonas Carney, Patrick McCarty, Eric Wohlberg, and Andy Bajadali. The team was founded in 2007, and spent 11 seasons in the Continental ranks. In 2018, the team upgraded to Pro Continental and has a long-term plan for growth. In its early years, the team dominated the criterium circuit, becoming the first freshman team to win the U.S criterium title. The team has grown into a full fledged, intercontinental stage racing team that can claim podiums at the world’s biggest races.

The 2018 Rally Cycling women’s team consists of thirteen riders and is directed by former Olympian Zach Bell. The team has placed athletes on the biggest podiums in the world, including the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (2012) La Course (2014) and Gent Wevelgem (2015). The team has consistently won Canadian and US road race, time trial, and criterium championships. Since 2012, the women have won 16 national titles in North America. In 2018, the young roster has already delivered results at the top stage races in North America, including wins at the Joe Martin Stage Race and the Tour of the Gila.

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2019 Acura RDX Debuts in New York with Turbocharged, Torque Vectoring Powertrain and Onslaught of Premium Features

  • Most extensive overhaul in a decade signals the beginning of a new era for Acura
  • Exclusive platform, VTEC® Turbo engine, 10-speed transmission, and available torque vectoring SH-AWD® yield the quickest, best-handling RDX yet
  • Dramatic A-Spec variant adds distinctive sport appearance detailing inside and out
  • New RDX set to arrive at Acura dealers nationwide mid-year

The 2019 Acura RDX debuted today at the New York International Auto Show. As the first in a new generation of Acura products, the re-engineered 2019 RDX delivers top-of-class performance, a more spacious and luxurious cabin, and a host of premium technology and features. Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new turbocharged RDX will launch mid-year as the quickest, best handling and most luxurious RDX yet.

“The 2019 Acura RDX signals the start of a new era for the Acura brand by delivering design, performance and prestige that will elevate its position in the luxury market’s fastest growing segment,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This RDX is our most extensive redesign in more than a decade, a truly ground up reimagining of the RDX around our Precision Crafted Performance brand direction.”

Acura also debuted the 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec sport appearance variant – distinguished by larger wheels, gloss black accents and unique interior treatment including an available two-tone red and black interior. With the addition of A-Spec to both the RDX and MDX, Acura has fulfilled its commitment to expand A-Spec to all core models.

Sharp, Low and Wide Design

The production 2019 RDX carries forward substantially all of the design cues that debuted with the Prototype RDX in January. In creating the new RDX, Acura designers worked from the foundations of the Acura Precision Concept, adapting its low and wide stance, sleek presence and wheels-out proportions to a five-passenger SUV.

The 2019 RDX showcases Acura’s signature Diamond Pentagon Grille flanked by all-new Jewel Eye™ headlights – now boasting seven LED light elements, up from the previous five. Below, wide air intakes include NSX-inspired air curtains feed air efficiently around the front wheels and down the body side. Prominent hood bulges are visible from inside the cabin, signaling the performance character of the third-generation RDX.

Sharp character lines accentuate the front and rear fenders, with an aggressive “dropping” character line running the length of the RDX. A pen stroke of chrome (gloss-black on A-Spec) highlights the upper greenhouse and lower rocker. At the rear, the design of the 2019 RDX is capped off with a distinctive “dragon tail” LED light signature of the taillights.

New Acura-Exclusive Body and Chassis Architecture

The 2019 RDX sits atop an all-new body and chassis architecture designed to deliver a sophisticated and engaging driving experience. It starts with a 2.6 inch longer wheelbase, which aids both ride comfort and cabin space. The cargo area behind the rear seats has expanded 3.4-cubic feet with an additional 1.7 cubic-feet of compartmented underfloor storage. The new platform provides for a fully-flat rear floor, enabling first-class seating comfort in all three rear seating positions.

The RDX’s body structure is composed of over 50 percent high strength steel. It utilizes a new double-ring rear frame design and new two-piece ultra-high-strength steel front door rings, which significantly increase body rigidity, handling precision and cabin quietness.

The body structure is mated to an all-new chassis design with variable ratio dual-pinion electric power steering, a sport-tuned Macpherson strut front suspension, an all-new five-link independent rear suspension and available adaptive dampers.

VTEC Turbo Engine with Higher Performance and Efficiency

The new RDX takes power from a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, 16-valve powerplant with DOHC VTEC®valvetrain and Dual Variable Timing Cam (Dual VTC). Peak output is 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Compared to the previous model’s V6, peak torque is up 28 lb.-ft. and available across a wider section of the power band, from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm (previously 252 lb.-ft. at 4,900 rpm) with low-RPM torque boosted by as much as 40 percent for quicker acceleration and sharper throttle response.

Segment-first 10-Speed Transmission

The RDX’s turbocharged engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) – the first and only 10AT in the class. With more closely spaced ratios and a 62 percent wider ratio range, Acura’s 10AT takes full advantage of the turbo engine’s bountiful low-end torque. Gear changes are quick and seamless, in both automatic mode and using steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Return of Torque Vectoring SH-AWD

The third generation redesign also marks the return of torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) to RDX, in its most powerful and sophisticated form ever. In addition to improving all-wheel-drive performance, Acura’s SH-AWD utilizes dynamic torque vectoring to sharpen handling response and deliver vivid, exhilarating and confidence-inspiring driving performance in virtually all weather and road conditions.

With Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, up to 70% of torque can be distributed to the rear wheels. And up to 100% of that torque can be distributed to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel, creating incredible control and agility. The 2019 RDX is the first model to utilize this new generation of Acura SH-AWD.

Spacious, Luxurious and Tech-forward Cabin

The 2019 RDX’s sumptuously appointed, tech-forward and spacious new cabin features Acura’s latest thinking for a more premium, personal and connected driving experience.

Exceptional seating comfort is provided by next-generation Acura sport seats, designed exclusively for RDX and future Acura products. The new, more intricately sculpted sport seats feature a lightweight ultra-high-strength steel frame, with improved lateral support for spirited driving and up to 16-way power adjustability. In all grades, the RDX provides both the driver and front-seat passenger the same levels of seating adjustability and comfort.

The RDX’s new ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, standard on all grades, has power slide and tilt functions and a power sliding sunshade. It is among the largest and widest in the class providing an open and airy feeling throughout the cabin.

Available authentic high-grade materials are featured throughout the cabin, including brushed aluminum, stainless steel, open pore Olive Ash wood trim, Ultrasuede® and rich Milano leather.

Inspired by the NSX, a high-deck floating center console and prominent Integrated Dynamics System control knob allows drivers to quickly switch between four distinct drive modes (Snow, Comfort, Sport and Sport+).

Intuitive True Touchpad Interface™

Designed from a clean sheet and deployed for the first time in the automotive world in the third generation RDX, Acura’s True Touchpad Interface is a holistic, system-level approach to in-car user interface that is optimized for the driver and the driving experience.

The system is designed to combine the advantages of both conventional touchscreen and remote-based approaches. The True Touchpad Interface features a 10.2-inch full-HD center display mounted high atop the center console, close to the driver’s natural line of sight, a center console-mounted touchpad and an all-new, Android-based operating system.

Unlike conventional touchpad designs, Acura’s True Touchpad Interface does not require the user to locate a cursor on the screen while navigating the touchpad. To support intuitive and easy control, the touchpad is precisely mapped, one-to-one, with the action on the center display – the world’s first application of absolute positioning in the driving environment.  Simply, a touch on any location of the touchpad corresponds directly with that same location on the display.

Further supporting ease of use, the touchpad’s surface is slightly concave, allowing the user to quickly identify the center of the touchpad without looking down. A padded wrist rest, integrated within the RDX’s high-deck floating center console, provides a comfortable and stable platform for operating the touchpad.

The operating system features simple, clean graphics and menu structures designed in concert with the touchpad. It features two zones, a larger primary zone, and smaller secondary zone, allowing for easy viewing and one-tap swapping of primary and secondary functions – navigation and music, for example.

Click here for a brief video primer on the new True Touchpad Interface.

Acura ELS Studio 3D™ Audio

The new RDX also marks the debut of Acura ELS Studio 3D premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers – available on high grades. Developed by Acura and Panasonic and tuned by Grammy-winning music producer, Elliot Schiener, Acura ELS Studio 3D audio delivers incredible fidelity and dynamic range while adding a new dimension of sound to the listening experience.

Head-Up Display and Natural Language Voice Recognition

Another Acura first is a new natural language voice recognition system, which allows for more intuitive voice control of major features and functions, including commands for the available embedded Acura Navigation System. Also new is an available 10.5-inch full-color interactive Head-Up Display, which puts customizable information displays, including audio, phone, AcuraWatch alerts, turn-by-turn navigation and more directly in the driver’s line of sight.

A-Spec Variant Boosts Sport Appearance

The new RDX A-Spec, the first-ever Acura SUV with A-Spec treatment, adds distinctive sport appearance upgrades inside and out. Shark Gray 20-inch alloy wheels shod with low-profile 255/45R20 tires create a more athletic stance and are complemented by a unique lower front fascia and gloss-black accents for the front grille, Jewel Eye™ headlights, side sills, upper window sash and taillights. LED fog lights, large-diameter dual exhaust finishers and A-Spec badging on the front quarter panels and tailgate complete the exterior package.

Inside, the RDX A-Spec features exclusive sports seats wrapped in either black or red leather with black premium Ultrasuede® inserts and contrasting stitching. Real aluminum decorates the center-console, doors and instrument panel, with additional soft-touch Ultrasuede on the dash. The A-Spec’s stitched leather sport steering wheel features gloss black trim, metal-plated paddle shifters and A-Spec badging. A unique driver’s gauge cluster gets an A-Spec exclusive satin silver finish with red-illuminated nighttime readouts.

Unparalleled Standard Features, Value

The 2019 RDX boasts an extensive and class-leading array of premium features and technologies as standard equipment, including 19-inch alloy wheels, next-generation Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, a power operated and height adjustable tailgate, Acura True Touchpad Interface™ with 10.2-inch HD Display, Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, Smart Entry and Smart Start, AcuraLink™ Connected Services with 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi1, 12-way heated driver and passenger sport seats,  four-mode Integrated Dynamics System and AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technology.

Top Active and Passive Safety Tech

The 2019 RDX is designed to provide high levels of both active and passive safety. All models and grades come standard with the full suite of AcuraWatch safety and driver assist technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).

Utilizing the latest generation of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure along with advanced supplemental restraint systems, including front and front side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbags, pretensioning seatbelts and Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child-seat anchors, the 2019 RDX targets top NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

Designed, Developed and Manufactured in America

The third-generation RDX is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. Styling design of the RDX was conducted by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, with development undertaken by the company’s North American R&D team, based in Raymond, Ohio. The new RDX will be manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio, with its 2.0-liter turbo engine produced in the company’s Anna, Ohio engine plant and its 10-speed automatic transmission manufactured at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant2.

RDX Motorsports Debut

In keeping with Acura’s expanding portfolio of racing programs, the brand also announced that the new RDX will make its competition debut at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, in late June, alongside three additional Acura entries – the TLX A-Spec, TLX GT and NSX. The production RDX A-Spec will also serve as the official pace car for the 102nd anniversary of the “race to the clouds.”

2019 RDX Major Specifications

Engine 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC turbo with direct injection and i-VTEC® valvetrain
Transmission 10-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 272 @ 6,500 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm) (SAE net) 280 lb.-ft. @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
Front suspension Macpherson strut with stabilizer bar, fluid-filled compliance bushing and available Adaptive Dampers
Rear suspension Five-link with stabilizer bar, fluid-filled compliance bushing, available Adaptive Dampers
Steering Dual-pinion electric power-assisted steering with variable ratio
Wheelbase (in) 108.3
Length (in) 186.9
Height (in) 65.7
EPA Passenger volume (cu-ft) 104
EPA Cargo volume (cu-ft) 29.5

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About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

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