The Land Rover Discovery Sport-sized SUV has been developed in California with a focus on the US market. It’s the first of a new wave of cars to be inspired by Acura’s eye-catching Precision Crafted Performance concept of 2016.
Built on underpinnings that are exclusive to Acura, the all-wheel-drive RDX comes with Honda’s latest 2.0-litre VTEC engine mated to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
While the former will be familiar to Europe, a spokesman said the latter is unlikely to make it here.
What could make it to Europe is the technology inside the new RDX. The new model comes equipped with a touchpad-controlled infotainment system with a 10.2in screen. The touchpad’s surface mirrors the layout on the screen, rather than acting like a mouse – something Acura says improves the system’s intuitiveness.
The RDX also introduces a new 16-point-adjustable seat that is likely to one day feature in higher-specification Europe-bound Hondas, as well as 4G wi-fi technology and a suite of driver assistance technology.
Following the RDX's introduction to the North American market, a new V6 engine is also due to be added to its line-up. This unit is not expected to be offered in Europe.
Acura charged $35,670 (about £25,900) for the outgoing RDX; a small increase is expected with this latest version.