2013 Acura RDX debuts at North American International Auto Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Acura's prototype version of the second-generation, 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle has been formally introduced at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Though Acura refers to this particular RDX as a prototype, it is essentially the same vehicle that will come to market this spring.

The 2013 Acura RDX is a more sleek and streamlined vehicle than its predecessor. Additionally, Acura says that the new RDX has a more aerodynamically efficient body, a longer wheelbase and a wider track.

Perhaps the biggest change though is what's powering the new RDX: Where the first generation RDX generated 240 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.3-litre 4-cylinder engine, the new RDX features a larger 3.5-litre V6 engine that generates 273 horsepower. The V6 engine comes paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. The RDX will continue to be available in U.S. markets in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive configurations, but Acura has traditionally only offered all-wheel drive in Canadian markets. For 2013 the torque-vectoring SH-AWD system has been replaced with a new, simplified and lighter all-wheel-drive system without torque vectoring.

Inside, the 2013 RDX features styling similar to other current Acura vehicles with a sweeping, layered dashboard, matte surfaces and plenty of leather. In terms of its practicality, the new interior offers more passenger room, more cargo volume and larger door openings for easier access.

Notable new features of the 2013 RDX include an SMS text messaging feature, push-button start and a three-view rear camera. Acura's Technology Package adds the AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting and the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition. The navigation system makes use of a 60 gigabyte hard disc drive (HDD), 15 gigabytes of which can be used strictly for storing music.

The 2013 Acura RDX will be manufactured in Ohio, in the United States, the same state where Acura will build its new NSX performance car. When it comes to market later this year, the new RDX will compete with other compact luxury crossovers as the Range Rover Evoque, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLK and the Infiniti EX35 among others.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Acura, 2013, RDX, Compact,

Organizations: North American, Acura

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