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.