Posts from ‘Acura’
DETROIT—At the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura took the wraps off a prototype version of the its forthcoming third-generation RDX compact crossover SUV, which is set to launch in mid-2018 as a 2019 model. The new RDX will get fresh styling, an all-new powertrain, and a host of new technology features, including an unconventional touchscreen infotainment interface.
With American car buyers scrambling to dump their sedans in favor of crossovers, it would seem logical to assume that a desire for functionality is a driving force behind the movement.
Class: Premium Midsize Crossover
Miles Driven: 319
Fuel Used: 12.4
Maybe Acura saw it coming.
Back in 2015, the company replaced its TSX compact and TL midsize sedans with the singular TLX that slotted between the two in size and price, offering both the TSX’s 4-cylinder engine and the TL’s V6 (and available all-wheel drive) to cover the spread. Considered a midsize, it was on the small end of that class, which always hurt it in comparisons of interior space.
It’s still not often you see the words “Sport” and “Hybrid” in the same sentence – let alone in the same name – but the concept is growing in popularity. And few companies are leveraging the principle of using an electric motor’s instant low-speed torque to augment the high-end power of a gas engine as thoroughly as Acura.
The numbers are in, and 2016 was another banner year for light-vehicle sales in the U.S. All told, American consumers purchased more than 17.5 million new cars and trucks.
At a Volvo press-event dinner many years ago, I chanced into a conversation with one of the brand’s product-planning executives. We chatted pleasantly on the topic of wagons, and of the American market’s declining interesting in the body type.