2013 Acura RDX makes production debut in Chicago, drop 4-cylinder for V6

Following a concept debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Acura has taken the covers off of the production version of the new 2013 RDX compact 5-passenger crossover at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The second-generation of the Acura RDX gets better performance and fuel-efficiency, a new transmission and an all-wheel-drive system.

The 2.3 liter 4-cylider turbo in the Acura RDX has been dropped for a new 3.5 liter V6 making 273-hp. Mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2013 RDX gets EPA estimated fuel-economy of 20/28 mpg (city/highway) for the front-wheel-drive model and 19/27 mpg for the all-wheel-drive model.

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The 2013 Acura RDX rides on a 4-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension design.

Design wise, Acura has added some subtle design changes to the outside for the 2013 model year. On the inside, the RDS gets a matte surface finish, Active SOund Control, more passenger room, larger door openings and an available power rear lift gate.

Tech wise, the 2013 RDX gets a host of new features including Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera. There is also an optional Technology Package that gives you Acura ELS Surround audio system, AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather with radar image maps. There is also a 60GB hard rive on board.

Sales begin later this year and prices will be announced closer to launch. Stay tuned.

– By: Omar Rana