Hiding amongst its more illustrious siblings, Acura has revealed a 2013 RDX crossover SUV prototype to crowds in Detroit. It is due to hit the market in just a few short months so it is pretty safe to assume that the full production version will look virtually identical to the prototype we see here.

The 2013 RDX prototype is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 hp (276PS/203kW), a 33hp bump on the previous model. It is hooked up to the model alongside a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter and a new, lighter all-wheel-drive system. It results in a fuel economy rating of 20mpg (city) and 28mpg (highway).

The exterior has been designed with additional aerodynamic efficiency which results in a sportier and sleeker look. The updates to the chassis has given the model slightly larger dimensions in comparison to its predecessor which also contributes to the wider track, unfortunately no specific figures have been released of this aspect of the vehicle.

Moving to the cabin, an array of updates and refinements are found that give the model a more luxurious look and a quiet drive has been created with the use of sound deadening materials. Passengers are also treated to additional leg room, more cargo space and larger door openings.

Acura have completed the model by packing enticing technologies into the SUV which consumers are sure to demand. These include Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text messaging, an advanced navigation system with voice recognition, AcuraLink Satellite Communication System and real-time weather reports.


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