Luxury, utility and performance are the 3 ongoing concerns in the crossover segment these days. While several models tend to stay true to these requisites, Acura’s RDX seems to be a far cry (in a good way) with its distinctive styling and unmatched performance. Acura doesn’t seem to get enough out of this crossover as it is refreshed annually. Likewise, this luxury crossover is now entering a new generation as 2018 Acura RDX for bringing essential changes.
What’s on the cards with 2018 RDX this time is a cosmetic makeover and improvements in overall performance. However, this model is also reported to come with a competitive price point of around $36,000 for surpassing vehicles like Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and BMW X3.
Powertrain and Performance Specs
Like its predecessor, the new 2018 Acura RDX is using the same 3.5-liter V6 engine along with a 6-speed automatic transmission system. This powertrain is supposed to undergo tweaks as its output figures are expected to increase as 282 HP at 6,200 RPM and 260 lb-ft torque at 4,900 RPM.
Improvements are to be laid out in fuel savings as well. The improved mileage figures are suspected to stay close to 21 mpg in city, 29 mpg on highways and 24 mpg on a combined scale. Similarly, acceleration will see improvements too as 0 to 60 mpg sprint might take less than 6 seconds.
Although designed as a utility crossover, this 2018 RDX is supposed to drive like a sedan. In other words, the makers are going to lay much focus towards improving low-speed maneuverability for a pleasant driving experience.
This time, the suspension’s mounts will be increased in stiffness. The steering control system will be reworked for better responsiveness. Acura will also use alloy engine mounts to reduce vibration.
2018 Acura RDX Exterior
The new-gen Acura RDX is coming with a refined styling. Up front, the signature grille is supposed to grow larger and wear premium chrome treatments. The headlights will integrate jewel LED styling with multi-clusters, new 18-inch machine finished alloy wheels will come standard.
All the 4 wheel arches will have a flat top for a robust styling. Color options are expected to range as White Diamond Pearl, Fathom Blue Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Kona Coffee Metallic and Basque Red Pearl II.Other exterior features will include intermittent rear windshield wiper, rear privacy glass, auto dimming mirrors (with heating) and LED turn signals.
Interior and Safety
Changes are to influence the interior cabin of Acura RDX 2018 as well. The front seats will feature heating, ventilation and 8-way power reclining. The steering wheel will share the seat’s leather upholstery while integrating a sporty shift paddle. This multifunctional steering wheel will share audio and connectivity controls for the driver’s convenience.
Safety system of this Acura RDX 2018 will include features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Multi-view Rear Camera, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Blind Spot Information System.
According to what experts predict, this 2018 Acura RDX is likely to hit the showrooms during the later half of 2017.