2012 Detroit: 2013 Acura RDX drops four banger for V6, gets adaptive suspension

  • Key Competitors: BMW X3, Range Rover Evoque, Volvo XC60, Infiniti EX35, Audi Q5.
  • Power: 3.5L V6 making 273 hp.
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic.
  • Pricing: TBA.
  • Availability: Spring 2012.

Acura unleashed a prototype of its latest effort to replace the aging RDX compact luxury crossover SUV earlier at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. Pinned as a second-generation model, the new 2013 Acura RDX seems more like an extensive rework rather than a completely new car.

The new RDX drops its turbocharged 4-banger mill in favor of one with two more cylinders: a 3.5L V6 punching out 273-hp. Using deductive reasoning, it’s safe to assume that this is the same engine found in the current TL and Honda Accord. Mated to a 6-speed automatic, Acura said that the new RDX should return 20 mpg’s in the city and up to 28 on the highway and front-wheel drive models are expected to offer the best fuel economy in its class.

Other changes—besides the obvious aesthetic changes—include a new adaptive suspension setup that Acura calls Amplitude Reactive Dampers.

The new 2013 Acura RDX is expected to hit your local showrooms around the spring of 2012 with pricing to be announced closer to that time.

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– By: Chris Chin