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We saw the RDX concept at the Detroit show a few months ago and here in NY Acura debuted the production version of its BMW X3 fighter. The RDX houses underhood Acura’s first ever turbocharged engine (a 2.3L i-VTEC four-cylinder that generates 240 hp and 260 ft-lbs. of torque) as well as the brand’s trick Super Handling All-Wheel Drive hardware. The RDX can be had with paddle shifters for the 5-speed auto, an Acura/ELS premium sound system capable of playing DVD-Audio discs and a nav system with real time traffic monitoring.

After the jump we’ve got TONS more pics and Acura’s full press release.

Turbocharged Acura RDX Debuts at 2006 New York Auto Show
All-New Entry Premium SUV features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

NEW YORK, April 12, 2006 –The all-new 2007 Acura RDX Entry Premium SUV, made its production debut at the New York Auto Show today.  RDX combines Acura’s first-ever turbocharged engine with the breakthrough Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™), for sports sedan-like handling in a SUV package. 

“The all-new RDX is an exciting entry to the Acura light truck lineup for 2007,” said John Mendel, senior vice president, auto operations, “The RDX’s innovative powertrain coupled with SH-AWD provides this SUV with excellent fuel economy and outstanding performance.”
The RDX is aimed at high-energy urbanites that spend the work week in the confines of the city, and then decompress on the weekends by getting away from it all.  Regardless of where they go, these drivers expect the ultimate in responsiveness, control and adaptability.
Built on a new global light truck platform, the RDX concept was first designed in California and then developed in Japan.  Besides featuring precedent-setting engineering features including Acura’s first turbocharged and intercooled engine and the first adaptation of a SH-AWD™ system to an SUV, the RDX also offers Acura’s first standard 18-inch wheels and tires.
True to form for Acura, the RDX incorporates a class-leading array of sophisticated electronic technologies that are seamlessly integrated to keep its passengers informed, entertained and in touch.  The RDX also introduces new safety technologies based on the fundamentals of Acura’s “Safety Through Innovation” initiative. 

As Acura’s first Entry Premium SUV, the RDX was the focal point of the development of a special powertrain that would blend 4-cylinder efficiency and 6-cylinder power.  The ideal solution came in the form of an innovative new variable flow turbo (VFT) that delivers an unusually broad powerband with little or no lag in throttle response.  The RDX is equipped with an all-new 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve in-line four-cylinder engine with i-VTEC valve control that combines Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) with Variable Timing Control (VTC).  With the variable flow turbo working in concert with i-VTEC, the RDX delivers strong power and torque, excellent fuel economy and very low emissions.
Rated output for the RDX engine is 240 horsepower SAE net* at 6000 rpm.  In terms of torque, the RDX has the highest output of any engine in the Acura lineup, with 260 lbs.-ft. of torque SAE net* at 4500 rpm.  The RDX is expected to return an EPA-estimated 19/24** City/Highway mileage, while meeting strict CARB LEV-2 ULEV and EPA Tier-2 Bin-5 emissions standards.

A 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift is standard.  The electronically controlled drive-by-wire throttle and transmission work together to execute shifts, resulting in exceptionally quick and smooth gear changes.  The transmission can function as a conventional automatic transmission or, at the driver's option, can be shifted manually via steering-wheel-mounted paddles.

SH-AWD™ is standard in the RDX to maximize available traction while improving handling balance and responsiveness.  SH-AWD™ is Acura’s patented all-wheel drive system that distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear axles but also between the left and right rear wheels.  The system’s direct yaw control helps reduce understeer to enhance steering accuracy and add to total cornering power.
Responsive handling is further aided by fully independent front and rear suspensions.  The MacPherson strut front and trailing arm-type multilink rear systems are tuned for compliant control, and assisted with front and rear anti-roll bars for flatter cornering. 

Standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control further enhances controllability and grip.
The RDX exterior styling further emphasizes the SUV’s sporty athleticism.  It has a taut, muscular presence with standard 18-inch wheels and tires that work together with large wheel arches, aggressively raked body sides, a steeply raked windscreen and a short rear overhang.  A unique rear hatch, finished with a replaceable panel to reduce the cost of accident repair, allows the rear of the body to smoothly transition to the rear bumper.  This permits a more custom look and also eases the act of loading and unloading cargo.

Inside the RDX, the front-seats feature a high “eye point” that provides a confident field of view.  The 3-passenger rear seat has a 60/40 split-folding capability and, when folded flat, significantly expands the load area and increases the cargo volume to 60.6 cubic feet of storage. There are multiple interior storage compartments positioned throughout the interior, including a large (and lockable) dual-level center console located conveniently between the front seats that can securely accommodate a briefcase.

The RDX features an array of electronic features that set it apart from the competition.  These include a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a Multi-Information Display (MID), and LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination.  Also standard is an impressive 360-watt 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with a multi-format 6-disc changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio, and the convenience of an MP3/auxiliary input jack for easily connecting audio devices such as an iPod.

Just one optional package is offered on the RDX.  The Technology Package heightens the RDX’s appeal to technology-savvy customers with a range of advanced features.  The centerpiece is a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium Sound System designed by legendary recording engineer Elliott Scheiner.  When playing DVD-Audio discs (DVD-A), this advanced 410-watt system delivers eight discreet audio channels (instead of the usual two) to create an uncannily accurate listening experience.  With its multi-format 6-disc DVD-A changer, AM/FM tuner and XM® Satellite Radio, the system is as versatile as it is powerful.

The Technology Package also includes several information and communications such as HandsFreeLink™ and the Acura Navigation system.  HandFreeLink is a wireless telephone interface that is designed to work with many Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones (sold separately). 
In addition, the AcuraLink™ Satellite Communication System with Real Time Traffic allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific to their vehicle. 

The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ can display up-to-the-minute traffic information including flow, accidents, construction and weather conditions on freeways in 31 major metro areas (where available).  When the transmission is placed in reverse, the Navigation screen displays the image from a rearview camera to make parking easier.  In addition, the AcuraLink™ Satellite Communication System with Real Time Traffic allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific to their vehicle. 
Technological leadership also extends to safety engineering.  The RDX’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure substantially contributes to passenger safety.  ACE™ distributes collision loads through the body structure, leaving the passenger cabin more intact for improved occupant protection.  Specially designed frame members make the RDX more compatible with smaller vehicles in the event of a vehicle-to-vehicle frontal collision.  Likewise, a specially engineered hood and other components help reduce the chances of pedestrian injury in the event of a collision with the vehicle.

Inside the RDX is a full complement of passive safety features.  Key technologies include the latest generation of dual-stage, dual-threshold airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus side airbags for the driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all outboard occupants.  Child-seat mounting systems, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), allow the quick and secure installation of a child seats.

The RDX will be assembled in Marysville, Ohio, on the same line as the Acura TL sedan.  It is the first Acura light truck to come from the facility.
Like all Acura models, the 2007 RDX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      In fact, when has Honda or Acura ever exceeded anyones expectations in terms of elegant innovative design?
      • 9 Years Ago
      It may not be the best looking SUV out there, but anything looks better than the horrid BMW X3. Let's just hope that transmission can handle all that torque.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Another ugly as hell japmobile. I'm sure it'll find a home in many a Honda fanboy's garage though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with you Dave. In profile this looks very close to the Toyota Matrix. I was initially thinking Mazda 3 hatch but then decided on Matrix.

      acura designers seem to think that their SUV/crossovers have to look like cars (the nose is as bad as the MDX which looks like a puffin) and this hampers the design of their SUVs.

      I was hoping that the RDX would be the car I would buy but not looking like this. Too weak.
      I'm not holding out hope for the next MDX either.
      • 9 Years Ago
      why did the concept look soooo much better?!
      • 9 Years Ago
      That front overhang looks... really weird. And overall the SUV looks a little too small. Otherwise the interior's nice, and the front grille shape is pretty cool. But meh, don't understand the allure of SUVs.

      Bert: Way to go, I hope racism works well in your neck of the woods.
      • 9 Years Ago
      First production turbo for Honda in how many years? There was a couple hundred turbo civics made in the 70s. I'm sure countless Honda fans, and hopefully HASport, are considering the swapping possibilities. With the new Civic Si, the RSX-S is kinda out of place. All it has over the Si is leather, and it doesn't even have the LSD. I'm guessing we will see a redesigned RSX soon with some more oomph, and *hopefully* a turbo badge on the back. SH-AWD would be a wet dream.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's cute. I was interested in maybe purchasing one in the near future. I may have to wait for the redesigned MDX. This one isn't working for me. I hope that the all new CR-V (it's cousin) will be more attractive. I'm sure that they will be built on the same platform.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Very nice!!! If this is any indication of what the new Cr-V wil look like, Toyota-San, watch out!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Honda fanboys passionate about their Hondas. Maybe its time I got passionate about my toaster so I can fit in. :(
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks nice, but why the turbo 4? It has less HP than the Rav4 V6 and worse fuel economy. The fuel economy is hardly better than the much-larger Pilot and MDX.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am soooooo tired of auto makers letting different people design the front and rear of each vehicle...

      not sure what I don't like here, be it the mini-Pilot side profile; the droopy looking rear haunches; I don't know... teh overall asthetics just don't do it for me at all.

      The interior is awesome, though, and I want to know how this engine will compare to GM's turbo Ecotec that has more hp and torque... but not the same overall refinement. I would like to see a comparison of the 2 engines powerbands, NHV, etc.
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