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First Photos: 2013 Acura RDX!y
You might have to wait till next summer if you want to see the all-new RDX without psychedelic appliques, but we caught a running prototype over the weekend, and except for the black and white dizzy tape, the revamped crossover looked like it could be ready to roll down the assembly line any day.
And speaking of assembly line, production of the RDX will move to East Liberty, Oh., alongside Honda's CR-V. The RDX will likely go on sale shortly after it's Honda sibling, and will be available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions.
We've heard conflicting speculation regarding powerplants – everything from the return of the first generation's turbo, to a 2.5-liter inline-four. There's also been talk about a hybrid offering, but again – there have been conflicting reports as to when the hybrid will be available, but we are anticipating a six-speed automatic transmission.
More details should be trickling out over the next few months.
Photo: Brenda Priddy & Compan
FAST FACTSBut this is not the 2013 Acura RDX. Rather, it's the car's predecessor, a 2012 model provided to journalists to gauge the level of improvement made to the all-new 2nd generation compact luxury crossover during a launch event held in Scottsdale, AZ. A bold move by Acura, it's not unusual for an automaker to bring along a few competitive vehicles (in this case a BMW X3 and Audi Q5) to a drive event like this, but almost never is there a previous generation model, lest the improvements prove to be less than dramatic, or the previous generation car is better.
1. All-new RDX trades its turbo 2.3L 4-cylinder for a more powerful, efficient and refined 3.5L V6..
2. Gone is SH-AWD in favor of a lighter, lower-tech solution.
3. Standard equipment includes leather, heated seats, a backup camera and keyless access with a push button ignition.
4. Pricing starts at $34,320 for front-drive or $35,720 for AWD.
2013 Acura RDX FWD
Engine: V-6, 3.5 liters, 24v
Output: 273 hp/251 lb-ft
Fuel Economy, City/Hwy: 20/28 mpg
Cargo Capacity: 61.3 cu ft
Base Price: $34,320
On Sale: April 2, 2012
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