2019 Acura RDX Prototype First Look | Edmunds

2019 Acura RDX Prototype First Look

Here's Your Third-Generation RDX

Don't be fooled by the "prototype" label on the Acura RDX Prototype. For all intents and purposes, you're looking at the all-new 2019 Acura RDX, the third generation of the company's compact SUV.

The RDX is an important vehicle for the brand thanks to its intrinsic popularity coupled with the boom in sales of two-row compact SUVs. To that end, the RDX Prototype's chiseled bodywork has a familial look and is draped over a new platform that won't be shared by parent brand Honda. Said to be heavily inspired by the Acura Precision Concept, to our eyes it's certainly an improvement over previous efforts.

Inside, there's an all-new infotainment interface and display, a preview of which (called Acura Precision Cockpit) was shown at the 2016 LA Auto Show. A wide, high-resolution screen sits high on the dashboard, the interface for which is a curved touchpad at the base of the center stack. It works by responding to touch in a couple of different ways. A light touch moves the cursor around the screen, and a firmer touch makes a selection. Three hard keys near the touchpad act as shortcuts to menu options, and the small rectangular touchpad to its right controls menu options on the right side of the split screen.

It will be available with Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD), a system that proactively applies torque to individual wheels to influence the car's cornering behavior. In short, the system increases agility while providing the additional traction that only all-wheel drive can.

Dominating the area between the front seats is a prominent floating center console bridge, under which are a handy storage area and charging ports. Like the NSX, the RDX Prototype's Dynamic Mode selector is located front and center on the console, the placement of which is to encourage users to adjust the setting among its four modes (Snow, Comfort, Sport and Sport+). Elsewhere, the cabin's metal and wood accents convincingly convey a premium vibe.

Outfitted with perforated leather, a panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, and heated back seats, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel and ELS Studio premium audio, the RDX Prototype is stuffed to the gills with luxury features. Whether the production RDX will boast all of these goodies isn't yet known, but it's a pretty safe bet that it will.

Look for the 2019 Acura RDX to debut later this year.

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