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Acura Brings Be-Jeweled RDX Update to Chicago

Best-seller gets Jewel Eye LED lighting, increased power.

by on Feb.12, 2015

Acura debuted the 2016 RDX SUV at the Chicago Auto Show. The new version is designed to keep the strong-seller near the top of the luxury SUV segment.

In today’s hotly competitive car market, manufacturers can’t sit back and enjoy the sweet smell of success. So, despite strong demand for its midsize RDX sport-utility vehicle, Acura will be blowing into the Windy City this week with a 2016 model that gets a number of significant updates.

That includes new Jewel Eye LED projector headlamps, LED taillights, a more powerful V-6, and an array of new high-tech safety and convenience technologies.

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“The RDX ended on a high note in 2014, posting its best sales year ever, but at Acura, we are not content in resting on our laurels,” said Acura General Manager Mike Accavitti. By adding a number of enhancements, he said Honda’s luxury brand’s goal with the 2016 RDX is “further solidifying its place as the one to beat in the entry luxury SUV segment.” (more…)

Acura Planning to Show MDX Prototype

“Concept” likely to be production-ready – and introduce new electric AWD system.

by on Dec.13, 2012

A sketch of the new Acura MDX "prototype."

Acura will turn to the upcoming Detroit Auto Show to reveal a new prototype of its MDX crossover-utility vehicle. Sources tell it may also use the opportunity to reveal an all-new electrically enhanced all-wheel-drive system that will go into production with the next-generation crossover.

For its part, the maker isn’t saying much about the new MDX. Beyond providing a sketch of the prototype, it suggests in a release that the 2014 model will adopt a new “’Aero Sculpture’ design language affecting both form and function.”

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The image indicates the show car, at least, will adopt a version of the much-maligned Acura grille that critics have dubbed the “beak,” though like other recent offerings, such as the production RLX flagship unveiled at last month’s LA Auto Show, it will be significantly downsized from the chromed sheath on the current MDX.


Acura Swaps RDX’s Turbo Four for V-6 in Revamped 2013 Model

Automaker says decision was made to improve fuel economy.

by on Jan.10, 2012

Acura has made the curious decision to replace the 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder in the RDX with the venerable 3.5-liter V-6. The reason? Fuel economy.

Acura is revamping its RDX crossover in attempt to return to its core values, but the decisions regarding the second-generation small crossover seem to go against the current convention.

The 2013 RDX will trade its turbocharged 240-horsepower 2.3-liter four cylinder for Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6, producing 273 horses. The larger engine is a surprise as almost every other automaker is frantically replacing their V-6 engines with turbocharged four cylinders precisely for the reason Honda says it is moving to the V-6.

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Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president for of product planning for Acura, admitted during her part of the presentation on the Acura stand that fuel mileage for the RDX has been a disappointment to owners.

But maybe Acura is onto something. It claims that the RDX will have the best fuel economy in its class with 20 mpg city and 28 highway for the front-wheel-drive model.

Also helping improve fuel economy, the new RDX also gets a new six-speed automatic replacing the old five-speed and a new, lightweight all-wheel-drive system.