Well, that was quick: despite making its full production-spec debut at the Chicago Auto Show just last month, the 2013 Acura RDX is already fast on its way to dealerships. Acura says that it has begun production of the new car this week.
While the first generation Acura RDX compact utility vehicle was made at the Marysville, Ohio plant (alongside the Acura TL and Honda Accord), Acura moved production of the second generation model to the nearby East Liberty, Ohio plant, where it will be built alongside the Honda Crosstour and CR-V crossovers. Acura also promises that much of the car will be made with American parts, including engines assembled in nearby Anna, Ohio, and transmissions from Russells Point, Ohio.
With the first examples of the Acura RDX coming off the East Liberty line as you read this, Honda’s officially halfway through a $166 million expansion and retooling of the East Liberty plant, promising to make the plant more efficient while keeping up with the brisk demand for the CR-V.
Honda is hoping the demand for the Acura RDX will be brisk as well: the car has been redesigned with simplicity and broad appeal in mind. The old car’s intricate and expensive turbocharged four-cylinder engine and torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive have been thrown out. In their place is a simpler and brawnier 3.5-liter V-6 (which also promises better fuel economy), and a simpler all-wheel drive setup.
The Acura RDX will go on sale next month, starting at $35,305, including destination charges.