2016 Acura RDX Brings the Heat in World Debut at 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Hot-selling Acura RDX luxury crossover boosts its considerable market strength with significant upgrades to performance, luxury, styling and safety features

Feb 12, 2015 – CHICAGO

Coming off its best-ever year, the newly refreshed and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury sport-utility made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show, sporting a host of significant upgrades to performance, luxury prestige and styling. Launching at Acura dealerships nationwide this Spring, the 2016 Acura RDX receives  Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights, a new, more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, an expanded list of AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including a new line-topping RDX with Advance Package.

The Acura RDX and MDX have formed a potent 1-2 punch in the luxury SUV game, posting record sales in 2014 well ahead of European rivals in their segments. With the 2016 MDX also getting significant new features and technologies, including a 9-speed automatic transmission, the new RDX and MDX stand as an even more formidable presence in the luxury SUV space.

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2016 Acura RDX to Debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

2016 Acura RDX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Hot Winter Wind: 2016 Acura RDX to Bow at 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Quick, luxurious, fun and practical new RDX to bring even stronger package to red-hot segment

– TORRANCE, Calif.

Coming off a record sales year as one of the best-selling SUVs in its segment, Acura’s RDX is set to move its already lofty bar even higher when the new 2016 model bows at the Chicago Auto Show on February 12. The new RDX sports a long list of styling and performance improvements plus desirable new luxury and safety features designed to further solidify its leadership in the compact luxury SUV segment.

The 2016 RDX artfully blends numerous fresh exterior and interior design elements to further enrich its sport and luxury qualities, all with a cohesiveness that speaks to its new capabilities. Already one of the quickest and most fuel-efficient V6-powered entry-luxury SUVs, the 2016 RDX takes the position a step further, adding important improvements to performance, dynamics, comfort and NVH.

Don’t miss the debut of the newest Acura RDX at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. CST in the Acura booth.

[Source: Acura]

Video: AutoGuide Introduces the 2013 ILX and RDX

AutoGuide 2013 Acura ILX
AutoGuide Introduces the 2013 Acura ILX

Through a pair of videos on the eve of the Chicago Auto Show, AutoGuide gives us a first look at the 2013 Acura ILX and RDX. They’re a great introduction to the vehicles with some excellent views of both the exterior and interior cabins. Hit the jump to see the videos below or check out more great coverage at autoguide.com.

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Acura Debuts 2013 RDX and All-New ILX Sedan at Chicago Auto Show

2013 Acura ILX

Sporty styling, new technology and efficient powertrains are highlights

02/08/2012 – CHICAGO

Following up on its blockbuster appearance at this year’s Detroit auto show, Acura today unveiled production versions of two new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show. A completely redesigned 2013 Acura RDX crossover sport utility vehicle and the all-new 2013 Acura ILX luxury compact sedan were shown. Both new Acura models are scheduled for launch in the Spring.

“We are excited to be launching these two new luxury models as the gateway of Acura’s revitalized product lineup,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura. “As we embark on our second 25 years as a premium luxury-performance automobile brand, we are excited about the role these two vehicles will play in welcoming a new generation of luxury car buyers to the Acura brand.”

2013 Acura ILX

The 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan is an all-new model that is positioned as the gateway into the Acura brand. The primary target customers for the new ILX are Generation Y— successful 20 and 30-somethings moving into the luxury car ranks but looking for high-value propositions in their purchases.

“First-time luxury buyers tend to place a high value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues, and that’s what we have created with the new Acura ILX,” said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. “The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market.”

Sleek and sporty, the ILX combines luxury, performance and efficiency. While maintaining a strong emphasis on stylish and aerodynamically efficient exterior design, the ILX features a large and airy greenhouse that provides excellent outward visibility. As a five-passenger luxury sedan, the ILX combines compact proportions with a spacious passenger interior and ample cargo space— perfect attributes for young professionals on the go.

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A Peek at the Production ILX

Production Acura ILX

Production Ready Acura ILX?

We’ll get to see the production version of the new ILX at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show on February 8, but I’ve captured a screen shot of what looks to be the final front end design. As Jon Ikeda mentioned in his TOV walk-around video, most of the top half should stay the same as the concept we’ve seen in Detroit. The above image shows a new, revised lower bumper similar to the recent spy shots. I absolutely loved the concept and am happy to see the only tweaks are an improvement to the original design.

See the vehicle briefly at the end of Acura’s “Munchkin” video below and get ready for its official debut next week on the 8th.

[Source: Acura]

Production Versions of ILX and RDX Make World Debuts at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Official release from www.acuranews.com:

01/31/2012 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The production versions of the all-new Acura ILX and the completely redesigned Acura RDX will make their world debuts at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, February 8, 2012, Acura announced today.

The 2013 Acura ILX luxury compact sedan is an all-new model positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand. Sleek and sporty, the ILX will feature three distinct powertrains, including Acura’s first ever hybrid. The ILX will feature a high–quality, well-appointed interior that is smart and spacious.  It will offer a number of new, high-value features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora® internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world.

The new 2013 RDX, Acura’s compact crossover Sport Utility Vehicle, will offer a perfect balance of luxury and utility. The RDX will now be powered by a V-6 engine, producing 33 more horsepower than the outgoing model— yet it is expected to offer the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered luxury SUV in its class. Interior features, such as larger door openings, more passenger room, increased cargo volume and a power rear tailgate make the RDX interior even more accommodating and flexible.

Although there will not be a media press conference, both vehicles will be on display in the Acura booth at McCormick Place, Chicago. Press information and photos will post to www.acuranews.com on February 8, 2012.

About Acura

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV, the MDX luxury SUV and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.

[Source: Acura]