Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Acura Debuts 2013 RDX, ILX & NSX Concept

Acura unveiled three new vehicles last week: the ILX luxury compact sedan concept; a prototype of the 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle; and the NSX Concept. Acura also announced the next-generation NSX will feature Acura's new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® technology.

The lineup of Acura ILX models will include an entry-level model powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine; a high-performance model with a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission; and a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, Acura's first-ever hybrid offering.

The 2013 Acura RDX, the second generation of Acura's five-passenger crossover SUV, scheduled to launch in Spring 2012, will have as standard equipment a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower— 33 more than the outgoing model and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. The RDX front-wheel-drive models anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

As with the ILX, the 2013 RDX will receive a host of new technologies including Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a smart entry keyless access system, pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera. An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. New for 2013, the even more advanced navigation system utilizes a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity – including 15 gigabytes that can be allocated for music storage.

The Acura NSX Concept has a 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, the all-new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. The new Acura supercar, expected to debut in the next three years.