The luxury crossover is growing up.
New spy shots are providing our first look at the third-generation Acura RDX. Unfortunately, the luxury crossover wears so much camouflage that we can only have the most basic idea of what the new model looks like.
Up front, the third-gen RDX has a smoother look and retains a small beak on the top portion of the grille. The cutouts in the camouflage suggest the brand’s Jewel Eye LED headlights are still there, too. At the back, the taillights sit high on the body.
While we can’t see much of the styling, Acura can’t hide that the new RDX looks much bigger than its predecessor. The luxury model likely continues to share a platform with the Honda CR-V, and spy shots of its next-generation model also show a major growth spurt.
The RDX’s engine is as big of a mystery as its design, though. The crossover could return to a turbocharged four-cylinder like the first generation. This time the Acura would likely get a tune of the forthcoming 2.0-liter turbo. A version of the mill is also reportedly in the upcoming Civic Si. The number of hybrids in Acura’s lineup also keeps growing, and the RDX could join that club too.
The RDX has been a strong performer for Acura. Through July 2016, the crossover is narrowly the brand’s bestselling vehicle with 30,596 deliveries versus the MDX’s 29,517. Volume is up one percent this year.