Acura to Debut RD-X Concept SUV at 2002 North American International Auto Show

December 13, 2001, U.S.A.


Torrance, Calif., December 13, 2001 - Acura will debut its RD-X concept SUV, an urban adventure vehicle combining the street performance of a sports coupe with the ruggedness of a next-generation SUV, at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in January.



Equipped to meet the demanding lifestyle needs of active urbanites, the RD-X features high-tech functionality, including a unique 2+2 configuration, which can comfortably seat four, or, with the rear seats folded away, provide abundant room for bicycles, snowboards and other weekend get away essentials.

An advanced all-wheel drive powertrain combines a high-performance i-VTEC engine with a new, state-of-the-art Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system to provide outstanding acceleration and confident all-weather handling.

Inside, the RD-X's race car-inspired interior boasts an array of functional innovations including an adjustable instrument panel and fold away rear seats that angle outward for increased legroom. A wide-mouth rear opening features innovative doors that open by sliding out and to the side for easy access in tight, urban quarters. The rear cargo area incorporates a hidden compartment to securely stow computers, briefcases and other valuables.

The RD-X is designed to provide both excellent visibility for driving in traffic, and a feeling of security when parked on urban streets. Exterior styling highlights include an aggressively raked belt line, a glass roof for maximum visibility, and a unique rear roof panel that opens to allow tall items to be easily transported. Oversized, run flat tires, ample ground clearance and retractable headlights supply the toughness to handle the hazards of urban living or weekend adventures.