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Default Turbocharged Acura RDX Prototype Debuts at North American International Auto Show

Sporty SUV features Acura's First-Ever Turbocharged Engine and Super



DETROIT - Jan 09 —

The highly anticipated Acura RDX Prototype
SUV debuted today at the North American International Auto Show. Combining sport
utility with sports sedan handling and performance, RDX features an innovative
2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, Acura's exclusive Super Handling
All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™), and is designed to redefine the entry
premium SUV segment. This near-production prototype provides an advance preview
of the all-new RDX that will go on sale this summer.


"The RDX Prototype represents the forward thinking that will be seen
in the next generation of Acura light trucks," said John Mendel, senior
vice president, Auto Operations. "It is loaded with leading edge technology
and it exemplifies what we call intelligent performance: a sporty, luxurious
and functional SUV that has outstanding performance yet is also fuel efficient."


RDX features an all-new 2.3-liter i-VTEC® four-cylinder turbocharged engine
that generates 240 horsepower and 260 lbs-ft of torque. This is the first application
of forced induction technology in Acura history. The revolutionary i-VTEC Turbo
technology uses a variable flow turbocharger, which is exclusive to the RDX,
and provides dramatic performance benefits while maintaining excellent fuel
efficiency. To complement the all-aluminum high-performance engine, the RDX
utilizes Acura's steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to manually operate
the 5-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission.


Acura's Super Handling-AWD system is tuned specifically for the new
RDX platform. SH-AWD's sophisticated electronic controls automatically
distribute torque fore and aft, as well as splitting the rear torque left to
right. The result is dramatically enhanced handling, traction and stability
during sporty driving as well as in inclement weather. A sophisticated chassis
with fully independent front and rear suspension complement the SH-AWD. Vehicle
Stability Assist (VSA®) combines with large disc brakes and ABS to enhance
control.


The RDX is built on an all-new global light truck platform. Reflecting Acura's
commitment to safety through innovation, the RDX is equipped with the Advanced
Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and additional
state-of-the-art safety features. The ACE structure helps to disperse collision
forces over a larger frontal area. The system also helps to provide enhanced
protection for vehicle occupants while at the same time increasing compatibility
with other vehicles in a frontal collision. Front, side and side curtain airbags,
in addition to rollover sensors add an extra measure of safety.


The chiseled exterior styling combines with a generous greenhouse to provide
excellent visibility for driving in city traffic or on twisty mountain roads.
RDX employs a compact upper body with an aggressively raked belt line, sporty
wheel flares and a substantial hood that flows down from the windshield to an
aggressive Acura signature five-sided grill. Custom 19-inch alloy wheels give
the RDX Prototype an aggressive stance. Dual exhaust tips, HID headlights, and
a rear spoiler add to the sporty appearance of the vehicle.


Inside, the RDX combines richly appointed materials with a sporty, driver-oriented
cockpit. The center console features an innovative storage system, which allows
for hidden and lockable storage of a briefcase or laptop computer. The prototype's
interior features an assortment of leading-edge technologies, such as the Acura
Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink™ satellite
communication system with real time traffic and HandsFreeLink™ wireless
telephone interface. A premium Acura/ELS™ DVD-Audio system is tuned to
deliver rich surround sound to the cabin.


The RDX offers seating for five and a versatile rear cargo hatch allows for
easy load-in and storage. The second row seats split and fold flat into the
floor, providing ample cargo space for an active, on-the-go lifestyle.


The RDX will be assembled at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville,
Ohio and will go on-sale in the summer of 2006. Pricing has not been determined.


For media inquiries and high-resolution images, please go to www.acuranews.com.

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