Production of 2019 Acura RDX begins at ELP

Production of 2019 Acura RDX begins at ELP

Acura just celebrated the start of mass production of the 2019 RDX, the first in a new generation of Acura products built around Acura's Precision Crafted Performance brand direction.

The all-new RDX is a clean-sheet, top-to-bottom redesign of Acura's perennial top-selling five-passenger luxury SUV, brought to life through new capital investment of $54 million in new technologies and processes at the East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP).

New technologies at the East Liberty Auto Plant include a new roller hemming process for the new RDX's ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and the use of high-performance structural adhesives for enhanced body rigidity - both manufacturing firsts for a mass-produced Acura model. A new multi-layer paint system highlights the introduction of new Acura-exclusive premium exterior color options.

The new RDX takes its power from a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, VTEC Turbo engine produced at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant. The engine is mated to a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) manufactured at the company's Tallapoosa, Georgia transmission plant. Peak output is 272 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, with the new 10AT and available next-generation of Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, making this the quickest, best-handling RDX yet. The 2019 RDX will begin arriving at U.S. Acura dealerships in June.

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