2017 Acura RDX Gets A New Design Of Front End

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Honda company, specifically its Acura luxury division arrived at the Auto Show in Chicago, to show the updated version of compact size SUV – RDX of 2017 model year.

Restyling leads to a lot of changes in Acura RDX which is more beneficial. The appearance has changed, interior has been modified, along with the engines and other stuff. It cannot be called a global change, but, unlike other car producers, Acura really restyled the car in all aspects.

Availability and Price

As before, the production of updated Acura RDX will continue at the facilities of the two factories, located in the United States – in the states of Alabama and Ohio. In the North American market, sales should start in early this spring.

As for the price, it wasn’t officially announced. We could say, we couldn’t expect much differences from the price tags compared with pre-restyled version. So, the basic trim level RDX will be priced from $37,000 estimated.

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The Appearance of Jewel

The appearance of the compact SUV is made in the same way with all the relevant Acura cars. This is a new trend that is now being actively used by leading car manufacturers – to create a uniform style for all models. All of the latest generation Acura look great. The front part has got a new trimming of the grille.

The front bumper has become more powerful, more original, received a number of aerodynamic elements. They do not perform any practical function, but give very SUV an impressive sight. But the most important innovation – this is Jewel Eye. That’s how new LED headlights are called, which looks great.

On the side there is practically no change, that does not take away the car its ideal radius of the wheel arches, nice ribs, and forges on doors, spare wheel, powerful exterior mirror housings, which complemented with LED repeaters.

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The rear end now boasts a new LED lights with 3D effect, retouched fog lamps, rear bumper, tailgate, exhaust nozzles. Generally, in terms of appearance, Acura RDX became clearly better after the planned restyling. Yes, in many ways it is similar to the older version, which is quite logical. But even in some point changes of the car went to the benefit.

Changes in the shape does not affect the dimensions.

Not So Many Changes Inside

But in the interior, in contrast to the exterior, the changes are not as many as we would like. Anyway, inside the car looks great, as before. Moreover, they look almost identical.

Ergonomics at the highest level, the build quality is excellent, the materials used – the real premium class.

The instrument panel, the driver’s seat, steering wheel – nothing has changed. But in the center console is now flaunt just two touchscreen multimedia displays. In addition to the big screen with 8 inches, which is responsible for the navigation system and rear view camera work, is now available to the driver and the display has a 4.2 inch. It is a multi-information screen, which is responsible for the radio, telephone, fuel consumption, tire pressure and a number of other parameters.

Alas, to get two of the display in the cabin can be only under the condition that you order the most expensive version crossover from the Japanese automaker. As usual, let’s say, low cost versions will be available only one screen.

Make interior restyled version of the crossover different from its predecessor, and the purchaser will be able to order interior design with new color finishes. The company has not yet voiced a list of colors and available combinations but is now used inserts, soft high-quality plastic, the skin will be able to tune up with new colors.

Same Engine, New Gearbox

If we talk about technical specifications, here the manufacturer did not change the engine. Meaning in this special was not. But engineers have improved the power unit, made some changes to the car’s performance. So, support for the engine is now completely new, and was subjected to electric power steering calibration. Besides, changed job suspension, retuned job-wheel drive system, with the result that now the torque the rear wheels is transmitted faster, improved directional stability, the car became more stable behave on slippery surfaces.

If we talk specifically about the engine, here, as in the past, used a six-cylinder gasoline engine of 3.5 liter producing 279 horsepower and a torque of 341 Nm. In this way, torque increased to 1 Nm, and horsepower was soon 6 more. In tandem with the engine now It is running a new gearbox. Instead of the former six-speed automatic is now equipped with Acura RDX 9-speed new automatic transmission.


2017 Acura RDX
Drivetrain
Engine type DOHC 24V V6, direct fuel injection
Displacement 3,5L
Power/torque 279 hp; 252 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 105.7 in.
Length 184.4 in.
Height 65 in.
Passenger volume 129.6 cu.ft.
Cargo volume 26.1 – 76.9 cu.ft.
Performance
0-60 6.2 sec
Top speed 132 mph
PRICE RANGE: $37,000-$45,000 (est)
Competitors: Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-pace, BMW X3, Lexus RS

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  • Performance4.6
  • Design4.4
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Summary

The new 2017 RDX is actually a more compact version of the MDX crossover, with the same engine range.

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