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2019 Acura RDX has a whole new way to do infotainment

A new type of touchpad hopes it can bridge the gap between touchscreens and traditional switchgear.

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If you didn't notice on the prototype, the RDX is the first new Acura to pull all of its major details from the 2016 Precision Concept.     

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Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 putting out 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it comes mated to a 10-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive.     

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Acura's AWD system allows up to 70 percent of the torque to head to the rear wheels with a full range of distribution between the left and right axles.

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The AcuraWatch safety suite is standard, too, including automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and lane departure warning.    

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A new A-Spec appearance package adds 20-inch alloy wheels with rubber-band-thin tires, a lower front fascia and a bunch of gloss-black accents covering the headlights, taillights and grille.

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The dashboard gets some buttons for seats and climate controls, but the majority of your time will be spent with the 10.2-inch infotainment screen and its True Touchpad Interface.    

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The pad is mapped one-to-one with the screen -- if you want to touch an icon at the top right of the screen, tap the top right of the touchpad.     

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It may sound counterintuitive, but I've played with the system a few times and found it much easier to use than other touchpad-based infotainment systems.    

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Best of all, that 10.2-inch infotainment screen is also standard.

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The 2019 Acura RDX is slated to hit dealers in the middle of 2018, and pricing will be announced closer to that time.

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Keep on scrolling to check out even more pictures of Acura's new RDX.

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