• Jul 14th 2009 at 4:58PM
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2010 Acura RDX leaked images - Click above for gallery

The first shots of what is allegedly Acura's pending 2010 RDX have hit the web, and unsurprisingly, the small performance crossover appears to have received the Japanese automaker's controversial corporate shield-shaped grille. Other changes to the restyled nose include dramatically reshaped fog lights, restyled bumper air inlets with matte black surround, and so on.

Out back, from what we can see from the limited photographs shown here, hexagonal exhaust outlets have taken up residence (the old pipes were round), and there appears to be an aggressive new rear bumper fascia with a more stylized surround to the exhausts and a mesh insert.

In addition to the tweaked front end, website SatoAuto reports that the upcoming RDX will also mark the availability of a new two-wheel drive version (front-drive, presumably) to give buyers a less costly, more fuel-efficient alternative to the current Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) model. The website says the new package features revised gearing and is expected to weigh about 200 pounds less than the grips-at-all-paws version – good news considering that package only manages 17 miles-per-gallon city and 22 on the highway in the 2009 model.

Inside, new available features on the sporty crossover include USB iPod integration, Bluetooth audio, a revised backup camera with guide lines, ambient lighting, and so on. For buyers who don't opt for the navigation system, there's apparently a new stand-alone option for a reverse camera that displays what's behind the vehicle through the rearview mirror. Finally, those who do plump for the navigation system will get AcuraLink Real-Time weather, dynamic traffic routing, and an enhanced XM satellite radio.

The rest of the 2010 RDX's drivetrain figures to be unchanged, SatoAuto says, so count on the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder returning with 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque as before. Check out the not-so-high-res gallery and then click on the link.

[Source: SatoAuto]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Stubbornness is not a virtue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do I even have to call them ugly anymore? You just know ....

      Excellent cars, but I can't get past styling gaffes like that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've actually been hearing from a lot of past Acura owners that the new products have taken a step backward. I've had several customers tell me that they loved thier TL/MDX but when they went to drive the new one they hated it.
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fine Acura.....you win. I give up.

      I tried...i really did.
      • 6 Years Ago
      honda has long been criticized for having bland cars, so now they've gone the other extreme by making their cars stand out. they didn't get the memo, however, that the cars should look good in order to stand out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's a difference between standing out and sticking out. These unfortunately stick out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would not supreise me if this is the new acura. Every other car they make right now is horribly ugly and this follows suit nicely. By far the worst looking cars on the road today. They all look like a remix of Darth Vader's helmet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new Acura corporate enormous SHIELD grill is a damn eye sore

      Acura needs to fix it fast!

      My favorite Acura was the previous generation TL (not the new one with SHIELD grill). Previous generation TL is a great looking car with all the right features at an excellent price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      17 MPG in the City? FAIL!
      • 6 Years Ago
      For some reason, I saw it and immediately thought of "Kia" since the front end reminds of the direction that company has been going in. Maybe the headlights? I can't really put my finger on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey Acura, Pontiac called, they want their Aztec back!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jesus, enough with that awful "badge" front end.

      Are they blind, or just Japanese?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those grills make Acura's cars look like turkeys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The RDX's grille was actually somewhat unique and not bad. THAT'S the grille they should've used.
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