2018 Acura RDX Changes, Price, Interior

Published on October 19, 2016
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Not that long ago Acura released their updated MDX with a new design and a new engine. It’s smaller sibling, the RDX, remained unchanged since it was released back in 2012. However, it seems that the car will receive more than just a small refresh. The upcoming 2018 Acura RDX is expected to be an all-new car based on a new platform. Like before, the car will be based on the CR-V but this time around, the CR-V is going to use Honda’s new modular platform which debuted on the Civic. This new platform should allow Acura to decrease the weight of the RDX, give it a better ride quality and much better driving characteristics.

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2018 Acura RDX Price

So far not much is officially known about this future car. However, considering that the new CR-V has already been launched a few weeks back, it is safe to assume that the RDX will also be launched in the upcoming year. The car will most likely become available for sale by the end of 2017 and it should still cost anything between $36,000 for a base model and $45,000 for a top of the range version.

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Is an updated really needed?

Yes! The RDX is one of the worse selling cars in its class with competitors like the Macan, F-Pace, and even the X3 outselling it by a really big margin. In order to get back up there with the top cars, the upcoming 2018 Acura RDX is expected to be a superior car in every way. For starters, the new platform should allow them to ditch up to 200 pounds which will be obvious once the driver gets behind the wheel.

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2017 Acura RDX

2018 Acura RDX Engine

The current model of the car uses a 3.5 liter direct injected V6 which is fine but it doesn’t excel in any category. There are competitors out there offering a much nicer experience with better fuel economy and even more power. The CR-V already transitioned to turbocharged power with a new 1.5-liter turbo with 190 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. While some said this would be used on the RDX, it is highly unlikely. Honda does have another turbocharged engine on their roster with the 2-liter VTEC from the TypeR. This can provide upwards of 300 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque which is superior to the V6.

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However, it might not be to everyone’s liking and it might lose them sales instead of gaining. The only other choice would be the 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 which makes 290 horsepower in the MDX. This does provide a smooth experience but it is not the most powerful or efficient unit out there. In order to please their customers, Acura might even release the RDX with two engine choices but this remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, though. The old 6 speed automatic will be gone and in its place, we might see an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Interior and Exterior Design

Just like with the CR-V, it is unlikely for the 2018 Acura RDX to change all that much when it comes to its exterior. We do expect the car to receive Acura’s new front end corporate look as well as a slightly sportier stance. However, besides that, the car should carry on with roughly the same body that can be found on the CR-V which is a good compromise between looks and usability.

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The cabin of the new RDX, on the other hand, will definitely change and we hope it will change for the better. The dual-screen infotainment system will be gone, the analog instrument cluster as well while the materials will be improved by a big margin. The end result should basically feel like a more premium CR-V which is already one of the most impressive crossovers out there.


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