Updated crossover Acura RDX spotted in testsMarch 14, 2021
The facelifted MDX and TLX have been well received by the public, so Acura is committed to maintaining and building on that momentum with a facelift of the popular crossover. The 2022 RDX is expected to receive an updated design later this year to incorporate the stylistic cues of its new counterparts.
The camouflage hides a lot of detail on the Acura RDX, but the familiar diamond pentagon grille flanked by LED headlights cannot be overlooked. It looks like the model will have a new front fascia with vertical air intakes, similar to those found on the MDX. Also, the crossover seems wider, but it’s hard to say for sure at this point.
The rest of the crossover has been largely preserved, but the camouflage in the rear suggests that there will be a completely new rear bumper here. We can also see a new dual exhaust system in which round tips are replaced with rectangular ones. The interior has yet to be seen, but the changes are likely to be minor since the RDX is only a few years old. At the same time, the model can receive updated multimedia and, possibly, even a digital instrument cluster.
Under the hood should be the familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 272bhp. power and 380 Nm of torque. It must be connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission and existing Super-Handling all-wheel drive system.
While Acura is preparing Type S versions for the successors to the MDX, TLX, and ILX, the RDX may not get a high-performance variant. This information remains unconfirmed, but the RDX Type S was clearly absent from the allegedly leaked product roadmap. The 2.0-liter turbo engine may not be the only one, however, as there have been rumors of an RDX with Sport Hybrid Super-Handling all-wheel drive and an electrified powertrain, as well as two electric motors driving the rear wheels.
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