More happened on the Acura stand at the 2006 New York International Auto Show than we’ve seen from Honda’s luxury brand in years.
First up was the release-finally-of the Acura-ized CR-V called the RDX. A premium small SUV, the RDX should be hitting dealer lots by summertime. The powertrain consists of a turbo-charged four-banger with 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, ad a manu-matic tranny that features “F1-style shifting,” according to Acura VP John Mendel.
Packed with electronics, as befits the Acura brand, the RDX features Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and a stiff ACE body structure. There’s also a “customer-relevant” Technology package with a new navigation system, voice control, and more. Acura expects to sell 40,000 of these 5-passenger SUVs per annum.