Chicago LIVE: 2016 Acura RDX [Video]
The RDX gets a revised front end and a fuel-saving nine-speed automatic transmission.
Acura has lifted the veil off of the facelifted 2016 RDX at the Chicago Motor Show.
Visually, the 2016 RDX is instantly recognizable thanks to a redesigned front fascia that incorporates a more sculpted bumper, a three-dimensional grille and Acura's signature Jewel Eye headlights. The modifications carried out to the crossover's back end are more minor and largely limited to new LED tail lamps and a revamped bumper. New wheel designs round out the exterior updates.
Acura has added more features to the list of options. The Technology Package brings an eight-way adjustable passenger seat, a dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display, HD Radio, a blind-spot monitoring system and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.
Buyers can further spruce up the RDX by selecting the Advance Package, which bundles popular equipment such as rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, parking sensors on both ends, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver's side mirror and a full suite of electronic driving aids called AcuraWatch.
The big news for 2016 is found under the hood, where the RDX gets a new 3.5-liter V6 engine that sends 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft. of torque to the drive wheels via a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Standard cylinder deactivation technology helps the crossover return 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive and 19/28 when all-wheel drive is selected.
After greeting the show-going public in Chicago, the 2016 Acura RDX will go on sale across the nation this spring. Pricing information will be published closer to its on-sale date.
Live images by Brian Williams.