Acura unveiled the RDX Prototype in January in Detroit, saying it was a close representation of the production version, save for the more concept-y side mirrors and larger wheels. It released a teaser image Monday of the A-Spec front end featuring a special badge along the side fender. It’s the first application of the sport appearance, which the company says “adds sport appearance detailing, inside and out,” on an Acura SUV and is supposed to be part of all core Acura models in the future.
Due to go on sale midyear, the 2019 RDX was designed and developed in the U.S. for the first time. Its styling is courtesy of the brand’s design studio in Los Angeles, while engineering was handled in Raymond, Ohio. It’s set to be built at Acura’s assembly plant in East Liberty, Ohio, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine will be made in nearby Anna, Ohio.
The third-generation of the crossover takes its cues from the Precision Concept and Precision Cockpit concept, both from 2016. It gets a new Acura-only platform that sheds weight and stiffens the body, and it adds more interior space, rear legroom and cargo space, a panoramic sliding moonroof.
The reveal will be live-streamed starting at 12:15 p.m. ET March 28 on Acura’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.