2016 Acura RDX Release and Changes
The 2016 Acura RDX is the Japanese automaker’s compact crossover that slots right below the larger MDX model. Besides the obvious difference in size, the two models actually share similar design cues and architecture. While the MDX comes with three rows of seats that can accompany up to seven passengers, the smaller RDX offers two rows of seats. Being one of the luxury crossover models, the RDX has been one of the most popular choices lately. The 2015 MY, however, didn’t receive any tweaks and upgrades. It carried over unchanged from the 2014 MY. In order to keep pace with its fierce competition in the segment, the future models are expected to offer a number of significant improvements. That said, the 2016 Acura RDX is anticipated to receive substantial updates. While some speculate about a completely redesigned model, others suggest that the upcoming RDX is more likely to get a facelift and several upgrades.
2016 Acura RDX New Engine
It’s no secret that the Honda’s luxury vehicle division has been working on enhancing its engine lineup lately. This effort resulted in upgraded powertrains in almost every segment. While the latest generation of engines offers a significantly improved fuel economy, the performance has been improved as well. In that regard, the brand new Honda’s Earth Dreams engine family is responsible for boosting the performance of the new models in every respect. Rumor has it that one of these upgraded powerplants might find its way under the hood of the 2016 Acura RDX.
It doesn’t mean that the current engine will no longer be available. The new engine is more likely to come as an addition to the existing lineup. The current model is powered by an exceptional 3.5-liter V6 engine. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 273 hp and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. While FWD comes standard, AWD is offered as an option.
The upgraded engine would certainly reflect in enhanced EPA estimates. Although the current model offers quite good fuel efficiency numbers, better gas mileage is always welcome. So, the familiar 3.5-liter V6 is estimated by EPA to return 20/29 mpg (city/highway) as a FWD model, while the AWD version gives 19/28 mpg (city/highway).
Features of the new RDX
The new model will offer all of the features and amenities that are expected to be seen in a luxury compact crossover. Needless to say, we expect some of the highest quality materials when it comes to interior design. As for the technological features, the upcoming model will use only the most advanced systems. The 2016 Acura RDX is expected to offer leather seats with both heating and cooling systems. Of course, such amenities as the automatic climate control, high-resolution touchscreen, satellite navigation system, voice command and Bluetooth will definitely find its way in the new RDX model.
As far as the safety features and other technology is concerned, we expect to see plenty of most advanced solutions. It is imperative that the new model retains its competitiveness in the segment. Some of the features offered with the new model include crash assist, rear-view camera, lane-departure assist, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and a number of others.
2016 Acura RDX Price
The 2016 Acura RDX model is expected to hit the showrooms and go on sale in the second half of 2015. The pricing will depend on the scope of changes and upgrades. The 2016 RDX has price of $35,270 and it goes up to $43,420. The outgoing model starts at $35,000, while the range-topping version costs $42,000.