NEW CAR PREVIEW: 2022 Acura RDX (Special Edition)

James Raia

The 2022 Acura RDX, marketed with “refined exterior and interior styling, a dramatically quieter cabin and a retuned suspension,” will debut Sept. 26 at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (California).

A hand-crafted, limited-production 2022 RDX PMC Edition will be available at launch. Each 2022 RDX PMC Edition will be adorned in Long Beach Blue Pearl paint with Orchid Milano leather interior, both colors shared with the electrified 600-horsepower NSX Type S supercar.

A special edition of the 2022 Acura RDX will debut at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
A special edition of the 2022 Acura RDX will debut at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

With production limited to just 200 units, it will be Acura’s most exclusive PMC Edition yet. Each of the vehicles will be individually numbered with a serial plaque on the center console denoting the special edition.

According to the carmaker, the standard technology will include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and Amazon Alexa Built-In.

2022 Acura RDX: Limited Edition Unveiled in Long Beach

Additionally, the new RDX will be available in three new color palettes — Phantom Violet Pearl, Liquid Carbon Metallic and Long Beach Blue Pearl. The trio of colors will be available exclusively on the limited-production PMC Edition.

The RDX’s turbocharged 272-horsepower 2.0-liter VTEC 4-cylinder is matched with a 10-speed automatic with standard Sequential SportShift paddle shifters.

Acura’s signature Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) with true torque vectoring is available on all RDX grades and standard on the Advance Package and PMC Edition.


The interior of the 2022 Acura RDX has been refreshed with innovation.
The interior of the 2022 Acura RDX has been refreshed with innovation.

Extensive refinement updates, including an enhanced Active Sound Control (ASC) system, reduce road noise and increase cabin quietness will be standard on all RDX models.

Acura IconicDrive, part of the Technology Package, offers 27 unique interior lighting color combinations including 24 inspired by iconic driving destinations around the world.

Updated Integrated Dynamics System delivers a more distinct driving feel between its four driving modes. Retuned available Adaptive Damper System delivers more response in Sport mode, more comfortable ride in Comfort mode.

AcuraWatch now includes enhanced blind spot information with Acura-first Lane Change Assist, Rear Seatbelt Reminder and Front and Rear Low-Speed Braking Control.

Drawing inspiration from the fourth-generation Acura MDX, the Diamond Pentagon front grille of the 2022 RDX features a new thinner, more sophisticated chrome surround. With broad aggressive forms and a larger air intake, its new front fascia also is similar to MDX and makes the RDX appear wider and more powerful. LED fog lights, which are standard on A-Spec and Advance Package models, as well as the PMC Edition, are highlighted by a new chrome trim.

For a more distinct appearance from the rear, the 2022 RDX receives a reshaped rear fascia with cutouts for the new sophisticated rectangular dual exhaust finishers. The RDX A-Spec continues to stand out with large-diameter round exhaust finishers in a gloss black finish.

All RDX models come with either 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels. RDX features a 19-inch 10-spoke design standard, while RDX with Technology Package wears similar wheels with a machined face and Pewter Gray accents. The RDX with Advance Package features a new 5-spoke machined finish 19-inch wheel design.

RDX A-Spec models are equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels with a Shark Gray finish. On the RDX A-Spec with Technology Package, a Shark Gray split-five-spoke design is used, while the new RDX A-Spec with Advance Package features an all-new 15-spoke wheel design.

All 2022 RDX models are available in a new Liquid Carbon Metallic, while Phantom Violet Pearl is offered on RDX models equipped with the Technology and Advance Packages. Also new for the Advance Package equipped models are power-folding exterior mirrors.

The 2022 RDX will begin arriving at Acura dealers nationwide in early November. Pricing has not been announced.

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