by Justin King

Acura RDX 2019 Official - image 1


The new RDX is the first Acura SUV to receive A-Spec treatment, adding unique bodywork for a more aggressive appearance.

Acura has revealed the 2019 RDX at the New York International Auto Show.

Sticking close to the close-to-final RDX Prototype that debuted just a few months ago in Detroit, the production RDX has been visually reworked to mesh with Acura’s latest Precision Concept design language. The fresh front end centers around the brand’s diamond pentagon grille and new seven-element Jewel Eye LED headlights.

Like many other recently redesigned vehicles, the 2019 RDX adopts a lower and wider stance than the outgoing model. The company has stretched the wheelbase by 2.6 inches, providing more room for passengers and cargo.

All variants are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine with 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, providing a bit more twist than the previous V6 and stretching its torque band across a wider rpm range. SH-AWD has returned, introducing the latest evolution of Acura’s torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.

Buyers looking for an even sportier appearance can now opt for an A-Spec package, distinguished by unique bodywork and 20-inch wheels on the exterior. The interior follows the theme, configurable in black or red leather with contrast stitching and a leather sport steering wheel.

The new RDX will arrive in Acura showrooms by mid-year.

Live images by Brian Williams.