Camouflaged 2013 Acura RDX Spied

Acura RDX

Everyone’s favorite auto-paparazzi Brenda Priddy and Company caught a 2013 Acura RDX testing in a desert recently. Sadly, photos of the camouflaged prototype didn’t reveal too much. The Acura “shield” grille is present and some have noticed the new RDX seems not only shorter in height, but sleeker and a bit more compact. There is still no word yet on confirmed engine options.

“First Photos: 2013 Acura RDX!

You might have to wait till next summer if you want to see the all-new RDX without psychedelic appliques, but we caught a running prototype over the weekend, and except for the black and white dizzy tape, the revamped crossover looked like it could be ready to roll down the assembly line any day.

And speaking of assembly line, production of the RDX will move to East Liberty, Oh., alongside Honda’s CR-V. The RDX will likely go on sale shortly after it’s Honda sibling, and will be available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions.

We’ve heard conflicting speculation regarding powerplants – everything from the return of the first generation’s turbo, to a 2.5-liter inline-four. There’s also been talk about a hybrid offering, but again – there have been conflicting reports as to when the hybrid will be available, but we are anticipating a six-speed automatic transmission.

More details should be trickling out over the next few months.” – Brenda Priddy & Company

Head over to to check out the photos.

[Source: Temple of Vtec, Brenda Priddy and Company]

Acura 2012 Predictions from Satoauto

Acura Rumors

Colin Sato of recently shared his insights on what’s in store for Acura in 2012.

His predictions include the addition of a Special Edition(SE) trim level for the 2012 TSX and confirmation of a new sub-TSX model with a possible hybrid option.

Here are the full details for each model:

The 2012 TL: The refreshed and revised 2012 TL arrived earlier this year and other than some color changes, this car will continue as is. Discontinued are Mayan Bronze Metallic and Forged Silver Metallic. Mayan Bronze never really caught on and Forged Silver (which was really a light blue) has been replaced by a proper Silver.

The 2012 RDX: Once production starts to ramp up we should receive 2012 cars. In this, the last model year for this body style no changes are expected and I expect to see them start hitting the store in September or October.

The 2012 ZDX: The “redheaded stepchild” of the lineup enters 2012 with no real changes. It’s really too bad. This “Coupe-UV” breaks a lot of new ground and hopefully things like the “monolithic dashboard”, “deep draw” body panels, and leather wrapped dashboard find their way into our other product.

The 2012 TSX: our most popular sedan enters 2012 with a new trim level. The TSX Special Edition (SE) will offer a dressed up interior, including; black leather seats with red stitching, red interior lighting, aluminum pedals, and an all-black headliner. The existing rims will have a darker finish, probably similar to what we see on the top trim levels of our other cars. Acura also describes ‘sporty exterior styling’ but it’s not clear if this just their ‘normal’ descriptor for this vehicle or if there is a body kit or different side skirts planned.

At launch, the only way to get the six speed manual transmission in the TSX will be to go with the new Special Edition. At this point it is not known whether non-SE trim levels will get the manual transmission later or if Navi will be added to the SE order list later in the year. This means that if you want navigation and a six speed manual, a 2011 could be the way to go. The new TSX SE will be available in white, black, a true silver (no longer Forged Silver), and for the first time in many years, a true red.

The 2012 MDX: No changes are expected for Acura’s most popular model for 2012. As a carryover, expect the new models to arrive in November or December.

The Sub-TSX: This will be an all-new model in the Acura lineup. The prototype will be shown to Acura dealer principals in December and the sedan should hit showrooms in April. Acura has been very tight lipped about this vehicle, but we expect a compact sedan powered by a four-cylinder engine with a hybrid option available.

Colin also goes on to share his thoughts on the Acura lineup for 2013 and beyond so head over to for the full scoop.

[Source: satoauto]

Acura Hybrids Coming in 2012?

Acura Hybrid

According to Acura’s Twitter account user Acura_Insider, Acura Hybrids are on its way for 2012.

Responding to a question about the whereabouts of the rumored TSX Hybird yesterday, Acura_Insider tweeted, “hybrid tech to the Acura line up by end of ’12”.

There was talk of a TSX Hybrid early 2010 after the Detriot Auto Show but no further news has since emerged.

It would be safe to assume the hybrid system would first find its way into the 2012 TSX or a newer entry level model that there have been rumors of. 

[Source: Acura_Insider]