Designed to compete against the current 2007 BMW X3 compact crossover SUV model, the 2007 Acura RDX not only features a lot of luxury appointments inside its roomy cabin, but also sports the Japanese brand’s first turbocharged and inter-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine, which is capable to produce a maximum of 240 horsepower with only 2.4 liters of displacement.
Although haveing a not particularly impressive displacement of only 2.4 liters, the engine is quite efficient effectively producing 100 hp per liter.
Now compare that to the X3’s standard 3.0-liter in-line 6 engine that churns out only 260 hp, which makes it just 87 hp per liter.
On the other hand, the German engine seems to be more moderate when it comes to appetite: while the new Japanese SUV has an estimated fuel efficiency of around 22 mpg on a highway, the X3 3.0si will travel at least two more miles in the same cycle on a single gallon of gasoline.
In a city, the smaller Japanese car is still more efficient traveling around 17 miles per gallon.
Still, though exact technical specs of the engine are still to be published, there is a risk that, with all the juice squeezed mercilessly out of the small engine, the mill may not be as reliable in the long run.
In a standard package the 2007 Acura RDX, which comes to U.S. dealers on August 10 with a base price of $33,610, will feature such elements of luxury as a power moonroof, interior with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and a 7-speaker premium sound system.
Not really impressive if you already got used for the numerous luxury options that are offered by the German premium brands, but for some additional money (something around $3,500) one will get an opportunity to stuff this little SUV with many other luxury options.
The list includes such plush stuff as perforated leather seats, voice-recognition system, a rearview camera that makes parking in tight places a lot easier, Acura’s own communications system and a DVD audio- and XM-enabled 10-speaker Acura Surround Premium Sound System and GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone climate control system.
Acura plans to sell about 16,000 RDX models by the end of the current year and 40,000 vehicles more during the whole 2007.
See also: 2007 Lexus RX 350 SUV