2019 Acura RDX starts manufacturing in Ohio

2019 Acura RDX starts manufacturing in Ohio

The next generation of Acura’s bestselling crossover SUV will be in dealerships this June.

Acura has begun building the 2019 RDX at its plant in East Liberty, Ohio. The all-new SUV was released earlier this year at the New York Auto Show and will hit dealers nationwide next month.

2019 Acura RDX starts production in Ohio
2019 Acura RDX starts production in Ohio

The East Liberty plant, which also assembles the Honda CR-V, received a $54 million investment to allow Acura to update it to build the RDX. Particularly, the plant received new technologies for producing the RDX’s scenic moonroof, new painting methods for its SUV’s multilayer paint options and upgrades to execute the structural components necessary to build the body. The RDX’s engine can be produced in-state, in Honda’s factory in Anna, Ohio.

That engine is now a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 ranked for 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to your 10-speed automatic, using front-wheel push or torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The RDX is built on a new chassis that’s exclusive to Acura — meaning it’s not shared with whatever sporting a Honda badge.

Compared with its predecessor, the 2019 Acura RDX has a 2.6-inch more wheelbase and so provides an extra 3.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. On the outside, it’s a far more striking appearance, with styling cues caused by the 2016 Precision concept.

Interior tech highlights comprise a NSX-inspired drive-mode pick knob, as well as a 10.2-inch display for a brand new infotainment system that’s run by a touchpad on the center console. Optional trim bits include real wood, brushed aluminum, steel, and soft Milano leather.

Acura is also offering the RDX at a sportier A-Spec trim for the first time, which features visual alterations like bigger wheels, a red-and-black two-tone interior option and a gloss-black outdoor option. Moving forward, each new Acura version will have an A-Spec variant; the bigger MDX three-row SUV provides an A-Spec choice for your 2019 model year.

Pricing details for the 2019 Acura RDX have yet to be released, but it’s safe to anticipate a small increase over the outgoing model’s starting point of 36,995 along with destination.

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