2013 Acura RDX, pictured, at left
Toronto, Ontario – At the Toronto Auto Show, Acura revealed the second generation of Acura’s compact RDX crossover, which features a new V6 engine, transmission and all-wheel-drive system.
“This RDX has always had the timeless design, luxury detail and functional technology that Acura customers expect,” said Alexander Roger, assistant vice president, Acura Canada. “With this next generation though, the already impressive RDX is improved in just about every way – it’s more powerful and more fuel efficient, and provides a quieter, roomier and more comfortable ride.”
The 2013 RDX rides on a four-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension design. A longer wheelbase, wider track and lower centre of gravity provide the foundation for the new RDX’s improved handling and ride quality. New chassis technology for 2013 includes Acura-exclusive Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system that replaces the previous hydraulic steering. The 2013 RDX will come standard with all-wheel-drive.
Replacing the turbocharged 2.3-litre inline 4-cylinder used with the previous RDX, the 2013 RDX will now have, as standard equipment, a 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 273 horsepower, 33 more than the outgoing model. For even higher performance and improved fuel economy, the RDX makes use of an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter.
The RDX also gets a new, lighter weight all-wheel-drive system that provides outstanding performance and safety with increased efficiency to achieve higher fuel economy.
The 2013 RDX will be produced exclusively by the company’s East Liberty, Ohio, plant – home to one of four of the top five-rated assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS).