Henio Arcangeli Jr., Senior Vice President, Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Good afternoon and conclude we for fasten us today.
As a initial in a new epoch of Acura products, today’s universe premiere of a 2019 Acura RDX signals a start of a new epoch for a Acura brand.
Over a past 3 years, we have worked to re-focus Acura around a strange code promise, Precision Crafted Performance. With a NSX as a apex countenance of that DNA, we voiced a destiny pattern and record instruction in dual Acura Concept models.
Then, step by step, we reflected elements of that new pattern denunciation opposite a product lineup, in a rested MDX, TLX, and RLX.
In Detroit progressing this year, we asserted a joining to opening by announcing a enlargement of a A-Spec lineup, and a entrance lapse of Acura Type-S, a name used for high opening Acura models for many of a history. We also suggested skeleton for an all-new, Acura-exclusive V6 turbo engine.
Of course, we surfaced it all off by phenomenon a Acura RDX Prototype, a car that wholly embraces a prophesy for Acura. In usually a integrate of minutes, we’ll take a wraps off a new RDX in full prolongation dress.
But first, we wish to share some-more news about a enlargement of a A-Spec lineup.
Based on a success of a V6 TLX A-Spec in attracting a younger and some-more abundant patron to a Acura brand, I’m gratified to announce that we’re adding a 2.4-liter TLX A-Spec to a lineup, set to arrive during Acura dealers subsequent week.
But that’s not all.
In Detroit, we announced skeleton to supplement an A-Spec various to each core Acura model. And it isn’t holding us prolonged to compensate off that promise, with a launch this summer of a new MDX A-Spec. We suspicion it would be fun to give all of we with us currently a warn initial look.
Ladies and gentlemen, greatfully acquire a 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec!
This MDX A-Spec adds a new dimension of sporty, assertive and childish interest to a best-selling three-row oppulance SUV of all time. With accumulative sales commanding 900,000 units and 6 uninterrupted years over 50,000 units, this MDX A-Spec will assistance serve enhance a MDX patron base.
A-Spec upgrades embody dim chrome and gloss-black trim work, wider wheels and tires, incomparable empty finishers, A-Spec red leather accents, a sports steering wheel, and more.
And that’s a ideal segue to a categorical captivate today, a all-new 2019 RDX.
The compress SUV shred is one of a largest and many rival in luxury. And there are simply no diseased players. The effusive RDX has been a tip seller, though a all-new RDX is improved in each way.
As we will see, we’re delivering probably all that we showcased in Detroit with a RDX Prototype, and afterwards some.
This is a many endless redesign in some-more than a decade, a truly belligerent adult reimagining of a RDX around a Precision Crafted Performance code direction.
So, let’s take a demeanour during this initial in a new epoch of Acura products, a 2019 Acura RDX.
As we can see, this new RDX and RDX A-Spec broach on a thespian new pattern we showcased with a prototype.
Built in America on an all-new, Acura-exclusive platform, a all-new RDX sports a absolute new turbocharged engine with a shred initial 10-speed delivery and a lapse of torque vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive.
Inside is even some-more innovation. The super-premium cockpit houses next-generation Acura facilities and technologies including all-new Acura competition seats designed for energetic pushing and accessible with class-leading 16-way energy adjustability. A new ultra-wide breathtaking moonroof, customary on all grades, that is among a largest and widest in a class.
A new ELS Studio 3DTM sound complement with 4 roof-mounted speakers adds a new dimension in sound from tip to bottom, and a insubordinate new Acura True Touchpad InterfaceTM that creates an intuitive, driver-centric telematics experience.
This is a third epoch of RDX and like a predecessors, it’s built in Ohio. But it’s a initial to be designed and grown in America, with styling conducted in a Acura Design Studio in California.
I asked some members of a pattern group to share discernment into a pattern of this new RDX lineup.
Let’s take a look.
As we usually heard, all we talked about in Detroit is a partial of a prolongation RDX, a authentic materials, a altogether “sports cockpit” concept, and a all-new True Touchpad InterfaceTM. It’s all partial of a radical rethinking of a attribute between motorist and machine, and it’s graphic anything on a highway today.
Like a RDX itself, this new complement is a ground-up, clean-sheet design, an Acura disdainful proceed that takes a best elements of a touchscreen and a best of a remote complement and combines them into one intuitive, flexible, and high-performance design.
Now, because are we creation such a large understanding about this?
The idea of formulating an easy to learn, easy to use infotainment complement is a plea confronting a whole industry. Our solution, certified by hundreds of hours of research, is built wholly around a pushing experience.
And it takes usually mins for business to learn to absolutely operate.
To give we a small some-more perspective, we asked a system’s lead engineer, Ross Miller, how a True Touchpad InterfaceTM fulfills a meditative for a driver-centric experience.
Let’s take a look.
Now, as good as this complement might be in a immobile environment like an automobile show, a genuine “Ah-Ha” impulse comes when you’re behind a circle and we demeanour brazen to pity that knowledge with we in a weeks and months ahead.
And that unequivocally brings me to a third and final partial of a story currently –performance.
It starts with a new Acura-exclusive platform, designed from a belligerent adult as a substructure for a new turn of doing precision, float quality, cabin quietness, and more.
There’s an all-new physique pattern regulating over 50 percent high-strength steel, to assistance revoke RDX’s unibody weight by scarcely 20 pounds while outperforming a prior epoch in torsional, tortuous and parallel rigidity, to directly advantage RDX’s doing response and precision.
To that, we trustworthy a many worldly framework ever, with a wholly reengineered front suspension, non-static ratio steering, a totally new 5-link back suspension, and other pivotal opening technologies.
Under a hood, RDX has a many absolute 2.0-liter turbo engine among a pivotal competitors with 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque providing evident and absolute acceleration response. That’s a top torque outlay ever for RDX and in a low-rpm range, torque is adult 40-percent over a effusive V6.
We span a new turbo engine to a segment-first 10-speed involuntary delivery that takes full advantage of a turbo’s prosaic torque bend with discerning and seamless shifts. It’s an extraordinary multiple that elevates RDX to an wholly new turn of power, comfort and response. This new powertrain also advantages fuel economy, that will boost over a stream model.
Finally, there’s a subsequent epoch of Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive with torque vectoring capability.
It’s something offering by usually a name few competitors, mostly in their many costly opening variants.
In normal driving, adult to 70 percent of turbocharged engine torque is sent to a back wheels. And to emanate implausible traction, lively and cornering prowess, adult to 100 percent of that torque can be sent exclusively to possibly back wheel.
Taking doing opening to a subsequent level, a dial-operated Integrated Dynamics System, desirous by a NSX, allows a motorist to name from 4 graphic modes that fine-tune a steering, stifle response, cessation and more. Altogether it adds adult to larger performance, aloft fuel economy, and a quickest, best doing RDX yet!
We asked a group that grown it to speak a small some-more about RDX’s energetic opening and here’s what they had to say.
Our engineers have pulled out all a stops to broach on a ideal picture of Acura opening in a compress SUV. And several are opening experts in their possess right.
Acura is a opening code and we can see that in in each dilemma of a organization.
Riding shotgun in that in that video was Chad Gilsinger, who not usually led a energetic tuning of RDX, he’s a member of a associate-run racing team, campaigning an NSX GT3 in a IMSA series.
And a motorist was nothing other than Katherine Legge, partial of a Michael Shank Racing group that carded a second-place finish in Daytona in January. We’re anxious to have Katherine with us here today!
Katherine – it looks like we enjoyed your initial event behind a circle of a new RDX A-Spec!
Thank you, Katherine, for being here and for assisting take a NSX GT3 and Acura Motorsports to a winner’s circle! Good fitness with a rest of a season.
And finally, vocalization of apex racing, we’re gratified to announce that Acura will lapse to a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year. We’ll be campaigning no fewer than 4 Acuras, with a new RDX creation a racing entrance in a “Race to a clouds.”
To sum it all up, we’re unequivocally vehement and assured about this all-new 2019 RDX, with an all-new powertrain, class-leading facilities like an ultra-wide breathtaking roof, AcuraWatchTM active reserve technology, and a new True Touchpad InterfaceTM all standard.
RDX has a multiple of design, packaging, opening and status that outlines a branch indicate for a brand. It’s a initial in a whole new epoch of Acura products.
We unequivocally conclude your time and courtesy this afternoon. Now, after a few discerning photos, greatfully join me on theatre for a closer look.
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