Official details and plenty of pictures of the Acura RDX have been released. The vehicle has a 2.3-litre turbo engine worth 240hp, plus a host of standard equipment.

Some details regarding the refreshed Acura RDX were posted in the official Acura website a few days ago. Now more information and dozens of pictures have been released.

Possibly the biggest news on the crossover vehicle is that it now comes with a cheaper 2WD model for customers who don't necessarily need or want AWD. For the rest the Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system is still available. The pricier SH-AWD maximises traction and improves handling under all road conditions. The brakes have also been improved. Suspension is the MacPherson strut up front and a multi-link layout at the rear.

Changes to the exterior include redesigned 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels, a typical Acura front grille, new headlights, a new rear bumper with revised taillights and exhaust tips.

Inside upgrades include ambient footwell lighting, auto-function headlights, a rear view camera, USB-port connectivity, 7-speaker Acura Premium sound system, Note function for XM Radio and an electronic compass. Materials are improved and are now more premium and richer to the finger touch. The satellite function is the AcuraLink Satellite Communication System with real-time Traffic which now features Traffic Rerouting and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather.

The turbocharged 2.3-litre engine has been revised and now features a new turbo system that has a different inlet pipe for better noise reduction. It incorporates computer-controlled "intelligent" i-VTEC intake/exhaust valve actuation and produces 177kW (240hp) at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 353Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm. Driving the wheels is a standard 5-speed automatic transmission - with paddle shifts - and an electronically-controlled Drive-by-Wire throttle system.

The RDX has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating of 19/24 mpg (RDX) and 17/22 mpg (RDX SH-AWD).

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