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    Detroit Preview: 2019 Acura RDX Prototype

      Acura's smallest crossover for the U.S. enters the 3rd-generation


    Acura dropped both a teaser photo and video of the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype. The RDX is an important vehicle for Acura as its the second-best selling model for the brand - the larger MDX is the best selling model.

    The teaser image doesn't reveal much about the RDX Prototype's design aside from a distinct character line running along the doors and rear fender and a lowered roofline. The video, on the other hand, gives us some more clues. The front loses the beak grille and will transition to the shield grille that debut on the Precision concept back in 2016. Inside, the RDX Prototype features an infotainment screen jutting out from the top of the dash and what looks to be a push-button transmission selector.

    Acura says the new RDX was "designed and developed for the first time in America" and will use a new platform that is exclusive to the brand. No mention of power, but we wouldn't be shocked if a turbo-four is under the hood.

    We'll have more details when the RDX Prototype rolls out on January 15th.

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    Source: Acura
    Press Release is on Page 2


    All-new Acura RDX Prototype Teased Ahead of Detroit World Debut

    Dec 20, 2017 - TORRANCE, Calif.

    • Teaser video highlights sleeker, more evocative exterior styling and a completely new interior design of perennial top-seller
    • Most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade
    • Best performing, most premium RDX ever to debut January 15 at 11:05 a.m. EST at North American International Auto Show
    • Reveal to be Live Streamed through Acura social media channels Facebook.com/Acura, YouTube.com/Acura and Twitter.com/Acura

    The third-generation Acura RDX Prototype will make its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 15 at 11:05 a.m. EST. Representing the most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade, the new RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura products inspired by "Precision Crafted Performance" and signals the beginning of a new era for the luxury automaker.

    Designed and developed for the first time in America, the new RDX will be built on a new, Acura-exclusive platform and incorporates key design elements of two recent concepts – the Acura Precision Concept and Acura Precision Cockpit. The exterior styling adapts the low, wide and sleek presence of the Precision Concept to an SUV, and features strong character lines that run along the entire profile of the vehicle. From the Precision Cockpit, the third-generation RDX features an all-new interior design, user interface and operating system designed from a clean sheet.

    The Acura RDX is a perennial best-seller in the premium-entry SUV segment, which is on pace to unseat entry-premium sedans as the highest volume segment of the luxury market. The RDX has recorded five consecutive years of record sales and seven straight years of year-over-year sales growth.



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    Just now, dfelt said:

    Is it just me of does this thing seriously have a Station Wagon vibe to it?  :scratchchin:

    Kind of, but also looks like countless other CUVs out there now..bit of Mazda, bit of Infiniti, bit of Nissan in the curves...

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    Wonder if the RDX will get SH-AWD this time around to go with an engine similar to that of the Civic Type-R.

     

     

     

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    2 hours ago, frogger said:

    Wonder if the RDX will get SH-AWD this time around to go with an engine similar to that of the Civic Type-R.

     

     

     

    I would believe so. SH-AWD is kinda their thing now.  It has become synonymous with Acura the way VTEC  was back in the day. 

    The real question would be if the RDX gets the other acronym that Acura is working on...P-AWS. 

    Precision all wheel steering. 

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    2 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

    I would believe so. SH-AWD is kinda their thing now.  It has become synonymous with Acura the way VTEC  was back in the day. 

    The real question would be if the RDX gets the other acronym that Acura is working on...P-AWS. 

    Precision all wheel steering. 

    WOW, talk about a Mouth Full if they do:

    RDX SH-AWD P-AWS

    Makes one wonder if it could be an RDX SH/P-AWD/AWS and we complain about how bad BMW and MB is about acronyms. :P 

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    9 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    WOW, talk about a Mouth Full if they do:

    RDX SH-AWD P-AWS

    Makes one wonder if it could be an RDX SH/P-AWD/AWS and we complain about how bad BMW and MB is about acronyms. :P 

    If Im not mistaken...on the TLX, precision all wheel steering is for FWD models only while the SH-AWD system is their top dog trim that is a vectoring torque all wheel drive system.  Both are not offered together. In other words, the FWD TLX has P-AWS and the SH-AWD TLX is just that...SH-AWD. No 4 wheel steering...

    I would assume that SH-AWD will be offered on the RDX as its a CUV. The RLX has it. The TLX has it. As does the NSX. 

    It makes sense for a CUV to have AWD...duh! And since Acura has done torque vectoring well, its only logic that their brand new CUV offering will have it. 

    P-AWS is new to Acura. Not so much new to the Honda Motor Company as a Honda Prelude had it many moons ago. 

    As of now, only the TLX has P-AWS. Maybe the CUV called the RDX will get it too. 

     

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    2 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

    I would believe so. SH-AWD is kinda their thing now.  It has become synonymous with Acura the way VTEC  was back in the day. 

    The real question would be if the RDX gets the other acronym that Acura is working on...P-AWS. 

    Precision all wheel steering. 

    :dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:

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    If they have P-AWS and SH-AWD and other acronyms they will need a smaller font to fit the badging all on the hatch ;)..is VTEC still a thing or do they have some other valve train acronym now? 

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    On 12/26/2017 at 10:41 AM, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    If they have P-AWS and SH-AWD and other acronyms they will need a smaller font to fit the badging all on the hatch ;)..is VTEC still a thing or do they have some other valve train acronym now? 

    Can you just imagine the Alphabet you would have on the back of your auto?

    RDX SH-AWD P-AWS VTEC

    :roflmao: 

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The all-electric crossover offers a sneak peek at Buick’s vision for a new intelligent electric future. “Today, Buick’s innovative thinking and imagination of future intelligent mobility have reached the next level with the Electra,” said Sam Basile, executive vice president of SAIC-GM. “I am confident that the aesthetics and technology innovations reflected on the Electra will ultimately help reset consumers’ expectations, just as all previous Buick concepts have done.” Adopting the new “potential energy” design language, the Electra emphasizes clean and bold styling with seamless integrated technology. It comes with a new-generation electric propulsion system and the advanced Ultium battery, along with a variety of connected and intelligent driving technologies, demonstrating Buick’s ongoing evolution toward the future of personal mobility. “Building on Buick’s proven leadership in electrification, the Electra represents the brand’s ambition to bring together beautiful styling and intelligent connectivity in the new era of zero emissions,” said Molly Peck, executive director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM. “The advanced Ultium battery unlocks the exciting new possibilities for what future EVs will look like. The Electra fully leverages state-of-the-art technology to set a new standard for future EV design and personal mobility.” The Electra is the latest global concept vehicle developed by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) automotive engineering and design joint venture in Shanghai, backed by GM’s global resources. It is named after an iconic Buick flagship model that originally represented one of the three shields in the brand’s logo. Forward-looking design inspired by a space capsule Combining the athletic look of a four-seat crossover with Gran Turismo aesthetics, the Electra previews Buick’s next-generation design language for electric vehicles. Adopting a pure design philosophy, the Electra has clean and minimalist styling inspired by a space capsule. The evolving sculptural beauty is distinguished by a spacious glass interior pod situated in an aerodynamic wing-form bodyshell. The glass canopy extends from near the front of the hood to the rear. The Electra’s innovative “potential energy” design language is characterized by sculptural surfaces in front, along the sides, and in its wheels and lamps. It reinforces the elegant overall shape while emphasizing the dynamic stance like an arrow being released. This “moving tension” is also reflected through its gradient light silver exterior tone in the front end that progressively transitions to dark silver in back. The illuminated Buick badge integrates a flow-through design. Along with 23-inch wheels featuring an optimal design, it helps enhance aerodynamics while contributing to the Electra’s futuristic look. Its “breathing” front and rear Matrix LED lamps feature parametrical mathematic lighting strings with a three-dimensional effect. They are complemented by a full LED-illuminated grille and rear screen nameplate to provide dramatic digital lighting interaction. The Electra’s butterfly wing doors support facial recognition and provide a robust opening for convenient access. There is also a hidden floating skateboard integrated with the stoplight under the rear bumper to expand users’ personal mobility options. Zero-gravity environment with seamless technology integration The Electra’s four-seat interior takes full advantage of the all-new electric vehicle architecture developed by GM, with an optimized battery layout. Together with the lack of traditional A/B pillars, the result is a maximum extension of the cabin with a longer wheelbase, a more efficient package and a more spacious, open interior. The Electra interior has a sculptural spaceship-like cradle, without a traditional instrument panel. The large curved display is a central feature. A retractable steering wheel and suspended seats, supported by an all-new light-weighted armature structure, creates a visual effect of zero gravity inside the cabin.    The Electra’s color palette, including copper gold trim surrounding the cabin and dark trim on the exterior frame, replicates the atmosphere of outer space. The interior seamlessly integrates technologies such as a concealed air-conditioning system, ambient lighting and an electronic rearview mirror. The Electra provides functionality and convenience with features available when the user needs them. Intuitive and immersive user experience The Electra offers an intuitive and immersive user experience that rewards all the senses. Buick’s next-generation eConnect connectivity system runs on the distinctively large retina display with industry-leading freeform curved screen technology, expanding the viewing area for the driver with an immersive visual experience. The advanced eConnect system supports remote over-the-air (OTA) updates and enables a connected experience by providing on-demand driving information, advanced driver assistant system details and infotainment control. The introduction of a large augmented reality-enhanced head-up display with advanced live-view navigation adds to the Electra’s intuitive multi-screen interactive user interface. The Electra is also equipped with the next generation of Buick’s intelligent AI Voice Assistant. Users can fully manage the vehicle’s functions with smooth and precise human-machine voice interaction, such as controlling the air-conditioning, accessing home devices and adjusting the driving mode. Advanced electrification technology and smart mobility Leveraging GM’s global EV expertise, the Electra is supported by its new-generation high-performance modular electric propulsion system. Utilizing the advanced Ultium battery, the Electra has a range of more than 660 kilometers on a single charge, making it ideal for daily commutes as well as family trips.   Thanks to the industry-leading wireless battery management system, the Ultium battery reduces wires within the battery by 90%. It also helps balance chemistry within the individual battery cell groups and conduct real-time battery pack checks to safeguard battery health. The Electra’s Ultium drive unit has high-performance motors in both the front and the rear to ensure optimized power output. It has maximum power of 435 kW, enabling 0-100 kilometer per hour acceleration of just 4.3 seconds. Additional vehicle highlights for future mobility include GM’s next-generation intelligent driving technology with door to-door smart mobility solutions, as well as V2X technologies, to offer a safe and intelligent ride with peace of mind.    Buick has found success offering premium SUVs and cars with sculptural designs, refined performance, modern interiors and thoughtful personal technologies. Buick’s award-winning customer service and sales experience, along with the Avenir trim, the highest expression of Buick luxury, are attracting new buyers to experience Buick’s unique approach to attainable luxury in North America and China. Buick has sold over 10 million vehicles in China since its introduction by SAIC-GM in 1998. More information about Buick vehicles in China, its largest market, is available at www.Buick.com.cn.
    • As such every Pickup Truck out there ICE and EV are over priced especially with the crazy $7,500 to $12,000 discounts being thrown on the hoods now.
    • I've said it here a good dozen times; I think this is a terrible mis-appropriation of the storied nameplate. Sure, the crowd that has come to lean on the overly-simplistic 'A-B-C, 1-2-3' naming mindset will applaud, but it's still a travesty. None-the-less, here it is, threatening to return. Hopefully, it'll be another scenario like the '08 Invicta concept, and it'll remain peacefully dormant.  
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