Spied: 2019 Acura RDX hits the streets

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Honda CR-V-based crossover sees a third generation model

With a the new Honda CR-V out, it was only a matter of time before an Acura version was bound to be spotted. Now on its third generation, the Acura RDX will continue being the brand's entry-level crossover.  

The car is still heavily under wraps but do expect it to have cues from the facelifted MDX full-size crossover and the revamped TLX D-segment sedan. That means one can expect slim LED headlights with Acura's signature 'Jewel Eye' treatment and a wide pentagonal grill. With the CR-V, the car it is based on, growing in dimensions, expect the RDX to follow suit.

There aren't much clues as to what the car will look like from the back either. Thick false panels hide a lot of the car's bodywork, especially at the tailgate section. The only part noticeable is the low plaement of the license plate, much like the CR-V. Given Acura's current styling direction on can expect an upswept window line while the roof line is more upright than its predecessor. We do get a peek at the integrated rear spoiler, as well as the high-mount tail lights.

Honda, as well as Acura, is in the process of downsizing engines and taking the turbocharged route. At the moment, the RDX uses the familiar 3.5-liter V6 seen in various Honda and Acura products. This is likely to be replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, which is possibly more powerful than the aforementioned six-cylinder motor.  

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