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Old 08 Aug 2007, 07:19 pm
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Default Turbocharged Acura RDX Debuts At 2006 New York Auto Show

All-New Entry Premium SUV features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive



New York - Apr 12 —

The all-new 2007 Acura RDX Entry Premium SUV,
made its production debut at the New York Auto Show today. RDX combines Acura's
first-ever turbocharged engine with the breakthrough Super Handling All-Wheel
Drive™ (SH-AWD™), for sports sedan-like handling in a SUV package.


"The all-new RDX is an exciting entry to the Acura light truck lineup
for 2007," said John Mendel, senior vice president, auto operations, "The
RDX's innovative powertrain coupled with SH-AWD provides this SUV with
excellent fuel economy and outstanding performance."


The RDX is aimed at high-energy urbanites that spend the work week in the confines
of the city, and then decompress on the weekends by getting away from it all.
Regardless of where they go, these drivers expect the ultimate in responsiveness,
control and adaptability.


Built on a new global light truck platform, the RDX concept was first designed
in California and then developed in Japan. Besides featuring precedent-setting
engineering features including Acura's first turbocharged and intercooled
engine and the first adaptation of a SH-AWD™ system to an SUV, the RDX
also offers Acura's first standard 18-inch wheels and tires.


True to form for Acura, the RDX incorporates a class-leading array of sophisticated
electronic technologies that are seamlessly integrated to keep its passengers
informed, entertained and in touch. The RDX also introduces new safety technologies
based on the fundamentals of Acura's "Safety Through Innovation"
initiative.


As Acura's first Entry Premium SUV, the RDX was the focal point of the
development of a special powertrain that would blend 4-cylinder efficiency and
6-cylinder power. The ideal solution came in the form of an innovative new variable
flow turbo (VFT) that delivers an unusually broad powerband with little or no
lag in throttle response. The RDX is equipped with an all-new 2.3-liter DOHC
16-valve in-line four-cylinder engine with i-VTEC valve control that combines
Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) with Variable Timing
Control (VTC). With the variable flow turbo working in concert with i-VTEC,
the RDX delivers strong power and torque, excellent fuel economy and very low
emissions.


Rated output for the RDX engine is 240 horsepower SAE net* at 6000 rpm. In
terms of torque, the RDX has the highest output of any engine in the Acura lineup,
with 260 lbs.-ft. of torque SAE net* at 4500 rpm. The RDX is expected to return
an EPA-estimated 19/24** City/Highway mileage, while meeting strict CARB LEV-2
ULEV and EPA Tier-2 Bin-5 emissions standards.


A 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift is standard. The
electronically controlled drive-by-wire throttle and transmission work together
to execute shifts, resulting in exceptionally quick and smooth gear changes.
The transmission can function as a conventional automatic transmission or, at
the driver's option, can be shifted manually via steering-wheel-mounted paddles.


SH-AWD™ is standard in the RDX to maximize available traction while improving
handling balance and responsiveness. SH-AWD™ is Acura's patented
all-wheel drive system that distributes the optimum amount of torque not only
between the front and rear axles but also between the left and right rear wheels.
The system's direct yaw control helps reduce understeer to enhance steering
accuracy and add to total cornering power.


Responsive handling is further aided by fully independent front and rear suspensions.
The MacPherson strut front and trailing arm-type multilink rear systems are
tuned for compliant control, and assisted with front and rear anti-roll bars
for flatter cornering. Standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction
control further enhances controllability and grip.


The RDX exterior styling further emphasizes the SUV's sporty athleticism.
It has a taut, muscular presence with standard 18-inch wheels and tires that
work together with large wheel arches, aggressively raked body sides, a steeply
raked windscreen and a short rear overhang. A unique rear hatch, finished with
a replaceable panel to reduce the cost of accident repair, allows the rear of
the body to smoothly transition to the rear bumper. This permits a more custom
look and also eases the act of loading and unloading cargo.


Inside the RDX, the front-seats feature a high "eye point" that
provides a confident field of view. The 3-passenger rear seat has a 60/40 split-folding
capability and, when folded flat, significantly expands the load area and increases
the cargo volume to 60.6 cubic feet of storage. There are multiple interior
storage compartments positioned throughout the interior, including a large (and
lockable) dual-level center console located conveniently between the front seats
that can securely accommodate a briefcase.


The RDX features an array of electronic features that set it apart from the
competition. These include a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a Multi-Information
Display (MID), and LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination. Also standard
is an impressive 360-watt 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with a multi-format
6-disc changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio, and the convenience of
an MP3/auxiliary input jack for easily connecting audio devices such as an iPod.


Just one optional package is offered on the RDX. The Technology Package heightens
the RDX's appeal to technology-savvy customers with a range of advanced
features. The centerpiece is a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium
Sound System designed by legendary recording engineer Elliott Scheiner. When
playing DVD-Audio discs (DVD-A), this advanced 410-watt system delivers eight
discreet audio channels (instead of the usual two) to create an uncannily accurate
listening experience. With its multi-format 6-disc DVD-A changer, AM/FM tuner
and XM® Satellite Radio, the system is as versatile as it is powerful.


The Technology Package also includes several information and communications
such as HandsFreeLink™ and the Acura Navigation system. HandFreeLink is
a wireless telephone interface that is designed to work with many Bluetooth-enabled
mobile phones (sold separately). In addition, the AcuraLink™ Satellite
Communication System with Real Time Traffic allows for 2-way communication between
Acura and the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific
to their vehicle.


The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ can display up-to-the-minute
traffic information including flow, accidents, construction and weather conditions
on freeways in 31 major metro areas (where available). When the transmission
is placed in reverse, the Navigation screen displays the image from a rearview
camera to make parking easier. In addition, the AcuraLink™ Satellite Communication
System with Real Time Traffic allows for 2-way communication between Acura and
the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific to their
vehicle.


Technological leadership also extends to safety engineering. The RDX's
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure substantially
contributes to passenger safety. ACE™ distributes collision loads through
the body structure, leaving the passenger cabin more intact for improved occupant
protection. Specially designed frame members make the RDX more compatible with
smaller vehicles in the event of a vehicle-to-vehicle frontal collision. Likewise,
a specially engineered hood and other components help reduce the chances of
pedestrian injury in the event of a collision with the vehicle.


Inside the RDX is a full complement of passive safety features. Key technologies
include the latest generation of dual-stage, dual-threshold airbags for the
driver and front passenger, plus side airbags for the driver and front passenger
and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all outboard occupants.
Child-seat mounting systems, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children),
allow the quick and secure installation of a child seats.


The RDX will be assembled in Marysville, Ohio, on the same line as the Acura
TL sedan. It is the first Acura light truck to come from the facility.


Like all Acura models, the 2007 RDX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000
mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain
limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care
(TLC), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and
trip routing.


For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com. For
media inquiries, please go to www.acuranews.com.


# # #


*Preliminary mileage estimates determined by Acura. Final EPA mileage estimates
were not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only.
Your mileage may vary.


*All horsepower and torque specifications reflect revised SAE J1349 net calculations.

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