If the five-seat, premium crossover SUV is in your shopping list considering the Acura RDX should be among the priorities. In its current form, this luxury vehicle provides strong acceleration and competitive fuel economy. Inside, it is comfortable providing also generous rear legroom and cargo capacity. But this model also offers more features than rivals and still at the competitive price. However, the 2018 Acura RDX could be even better as it should come as the all-new model.
New for 2018:
As per some reports, the 2018 RDX should arrive as the redesigned model somewhat earlier than for the usual life span. This model was redesigned for the 2013 model while debuted in 2007. The last refresh was for the 2016 model year and the upcoming model should be restyled, lighter, more fuel efficient and lots more.
2018 Acura RDX: Design
Acura hasn’t revealed any detail about the 2018 Acura RDX and its styling is also the mystery. The reports which suggest the redesign of this model also directs us to look Acura’s bigger MDX SUV and new Honda CR-V for the design cues of the new RDX. In that context, the new RDX should adopt Acura’s latest design language which debuted on the 2016 MDX. The main element of that concept is inverted pentagonal grille which should get its position alongside with the leaner Jewel Eye LED headlights. The new front bumper will round up the front-end design of the new RDX while the rear side should share some similarities with the newest CR-V. What should also make difference on the new version is sharper body lines.
However, another aspect of the redesign should be the lighter construction of this CR-V based crossover SUV. Therefore, the model should boast better fuel efficiency and handling.
As for the interior of this model, it should follow the same path as Acura’s latest models. Redesigned dashboard and fresh materials will come in combination with the supportive front seats and comfortable rear seating positions.
The latest infotainment system with responsive features and smartphone compatibility will keep you connected and informed. The standard should be the strong sound system but RDX should also offer plenty of other standard features.
Automatic headlights, sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, leather wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power and heated front seats and more should also be in the list of the standard features. However, following these features should also be the long list of driver aids. There should be forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, blind-spot monitoring, etc.
2018 Acura RDX: Performance, MPG
Regarding the powertrain, the 2018 Acura RDX should also introduce some changes.
The current version of this model comes with the strong 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission. This combination can produce 279 hp and torque of 252 pound-feet. This engine was upgraded for the 2016 model year and could again be available in the new RDX.
However, the latest reports suggesting that Acura could adopt the four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This powerplant should be larger than the turbo-four in the new CR-V producing around 250 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque. The transmission system could also be a new 8-speed dual-clutch like in Acura’s sedans or even the CVT.
The new RDX thanks to the lighter architecture and new powertrain should also benefit from the better fuel economy. It could jump from the current 22 mpg combined to about 25 mpg.
2018 Acura RDX: Arrival, Price
If reports about the redesigned 2018 Acura RDX turn out to be true, this model could arrive in next few months. The price should go up from the current base point to around $37, 000 considering that AcuraWatch suite should be standard.