2019 Acura RDX prototype new features and technology information
Since 2015, more than 50,000 Acura RDX crossover SUVs have been sold, besting most of its competitors. When the next model year arrives, Bill Gatton Acura customers will be able to take home a new generation of luxury crossover SUVs with the newest versions. Engineers and designers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the new features and technology of the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype will keep the popular crossover SUV at, or near, the top of its industry segment. The team developing the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype started with a blank sheet of paper to begin the vehicle's redesign. New interior accents and exterior elements have been combined with new technology to deliver an experience highlighted by the Acura Precision Concept. Additionally, Acura has said that it will be releasing an A-Spec version of the new 2019 RDX when the vehicle is officially launched.
The automaker used a research and development team based in the United States to design the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype. Among the primary ways the new RDX Prototype differs from the previous generation is interior space. The overall length of the 2019 RDX Prototype has been increased to provide most passenger and cabin space. This will be especially evident to riders sitting in the back seat. Some trim grades will be available with heated and ventilated sport seats covered in Napa leather. The driver and front passenger seats will each have 16-way power adjustments. All trim versions will come with the largest, in-class, ultra-wide panoramic sliding moonroof. Under the hood of the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype sits a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Drivers will be able to tailor the engine's response with four selectable modes.
What is the Acura True Touchpad Interface?
A luxury crossover SUV sporting a high-function infotainment system is nothing new. What will set the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype apart from the competition is how drivers and passengers interact with it. The Acura True Touchpad Interface uses a touchpad located at the bottom of the center stack that is very similar to the corresponding component on most laptops.
Unlike laptops, the Acura True Touchpad Interface uses one-to-one input mapping for the user to select something on the 10.2-inch display. Basically, when someone presses the top-left corner of the touchpad, it will select the item sitting in that position on the screen.
While the Acura True Touchpad Interface is brand new technology, the manufacturer believes that users shouldn't have much problem getting to use the system. The overall look and functionality of the new infotainment system uses familiar architecture. Acura has chosen to use an Android™-based system which will be familiar to many potential owners because of the smartphones they are already using.
"Absolute positioning transforms the touchpad experience, making it personal, intuitive and particularly well-suited for premium, driver-centric, performance machines," Ross Miller, senior engineer of user interface research said in a press release. "It's also designed to be adopted quickly and easily, as drivers become acclimated and comfortable in minutes."
The 2019 Acura RDX Prototype also offers a heads-up display that is positioned near the driver's eye line. This way, important information can still be relayed to the driver, but it won't obstruct outside views or be as distracting.