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Acura RDX at New York Auto Show
SH-AWD for new entry premium SUV

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - front view.

SH-AWD and turbocharged powertrain for sporty, sedan-like handling.

14th April 2006.

With Acuras first-ever turbocharged engine, the all-new 2007 RDX compact Premium SUV made its production debut at the New York Auto Show (14-23 April), before reaching U.S. showrooms this summer.

Coupled with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), the RDXs turbocharged powertrain targets both good fuel economy (compared to larger displacements) and sporty, sedan-like handling.

Joining the Acura light truck lineup as an entry premium SUV choice, the RDX is built on a new global light truck platform. Its concept was first designed in California and then developed in Japan.

Besides featuring Acuras first turbocharged and intercooled engine and the first adaptation of a SH-AWD system to an SUV (known in the new Honda Legend), the RDX also offers Acuras first standard 18-inch wheels and tires.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - top-down view.

RDX joins the Acura light truck lineup this summer.

The RDX powertrain development focused on getting 6-cylinder power from a 4-cylinder engine, with the ideal solution coming in such cases from variable flow turbo charging (VFT, known as well as variable geometry turbo charging) that delivers strong power and torque performance over a wide rpm band, with little or no lag in throttle response.

Hence, Acura's RDX is equipped with an all-new 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve in-line four-cylinder engine with i-VTEC valve control that combines Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) with Variable Timing Control (VTC).

With the variable flow turbo working in concert with i-VTEC, the RDX delivers 240 horsepower SAE net* at 6000 rpm, with 260 lbs.-ft. (352 Nm) of torque SAE net* at 4500 rpm.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - side view.

240 horsepower with an estimated 19/24** City/Highway mileage.

With these figures, the RDX is expected to return an EPA-estimated 19/24** City/Highway mileage (12.38 and 9.8 litres of gasoline per 100 km), while meeting strict CARB LEV-2 ULEV and EPA Tier-2 Bin-5 emissions standards.

Transmission comes through a standard 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift. The electronically controlled drive-by-wire throttle and transmission coordinate shifts for quick and smooth gear changes, either as a conventional automatic transmission or, at the driver's option, manually via steering-wheel-mounted paddles.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - back-side view.

SH-AWD torque between front/ rear axles & left/ right rear wheels.

Honda's all-wheel drive SH-AWD system comes standard in the RDX. It distributes the optimum amount of torque between both:

1- front / rear axles,
2- left /right rear wheels.

The systems direct yaw control helps reduce understeer to enhance steering accuracy and add to total cornering power.

Suspension is fully independent front and rear. The MacPherson strut front and trailing arm-type multilink rear systems are tuned for compliant control, and assisted with front and rear anti-roll bars for flatter cornering.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - dashboard.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - information screen.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV : when the transmission is placed in reverse, the navigation screen displays the image from a rearview camera to make parking easier.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - backlit gauges with progressive illumination.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - phone call notification with number display.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - tyre pressures display.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - SH-AWD torque distribution.

Multi information system on the screen and withing the dials.

Standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control further enhances controllability and grip.

Outside, the RDX gets standard 18-inch wheels and tires that work together with large wheel arches, aggressively raked body sides, a steeply raked windscreen and a short rear overhang. The rear hatch is finished with a replaceable panel to reduce the cost of accident repair.

Inside, the front seats feature the high view of an SUV, while the 3-passenger rear seat has a 60/40 split-folding capability and, when folded flat, expands the load area and increases the cargo volume to 60.6 cubic feet (1.716 cubic metre) of storage. There are multiple storage compartments throughout the interior, including a large (and lockable) dual-level centre console between the front seats (can accommodate a briefcase).

The RDX features an array of electronic features, including a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a Multi-Information Display (MID), and LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination (opposite photos). Also standard is an impressive 360-watt 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with a multi-format 6-disc changer, AM/FM tuner, XM Satellite Radio, and the convenience of an MP3/auxiliary input jack for easily connecting audio devices such as an iPod.

The Technology Package is the only optional package offered on the RDX. It includes a10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround Premium Sound System, with a multi-format 6-disc DVD-A changer, AM/FM tuner and XM Satellite Radio. When playing DVD-Audio discs (DVD-A), the 410-watt system delivers eight discreet audio channels (instead of the usual two).

The Technology Package also includes HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface that is designed to work with many Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones (sold separately), and the Acura Navigation system. In addition, the AcuraLink Satellite Communication System with Real Time Traffic allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific to their vehicle.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - front seat.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - rear seats.

Acura RDX compact Premium SUV - 60/40 split rear seats.

5-seater compact SUV with the practicality of 60/40 rear seat split.

The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition can display up-to-the-minute traffic information including flow, accidents, construction and weather conditions on U.S. freeways in 31 major metro areas (where available). When the transmission is placed in reverse, the Navigation screen displays the image from a rearview camera to make parking easier.

On the passive safety side, the RDXs Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure distributes collision loads through the body structure, leaving the passenger cabin more intact. Specially designed frame members make the RDX more compatible with smaller vehicles in the event of a vehicle-to-vehicle frontal collision. Likewise, a specially engineered hood and other components help reduce the chances of pedestrian injury in the event of a collision with the vehicle.

Inside, passive safety features include dual-stage, dual-threshold airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus side airbags for the driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all outboard occupants. Child-seat mounting systems, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), allow the quick and secure installation of a child seats.

The RDX will be assembled in the U.S. in Marysville, Ohio, on the same line as the Acura TL sedan. It is the first Acura light truck to come from the facility. Prices will be announced nearer to market launch this summer.

Like all Acura models, the 2007 RDX is covered in the U.S. by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain limited warranty.

*Preliminary mileage estimates are determined by Acura for comparison purposes only. Final EPA mileage estimates were not available at the time of printing. Actual mileage may vary. *All horsepower and torque specifications reflect revised SAE J1349 net calculations.

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