Acura has struggled lately, but Honda’s luxury arm is looking to win back some buyers starting with the 2013 RDX. The luxury crossover has now officially started production at the automaker’s East Liberty plant in Ohio, and the facility will be building versions of the RDX for both domestic and export sale.
The RDX will begin arriving in Acura dealerships in April with a starting price of $34,320 plus a destination fee of $885. The RDX drops the 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder for 2013 in favor of a tried and true 3.5-liter V6 that promises 273 horsepower and 28 miles per gallon on the highway (for front-wheel-drive models, anyway). The new RDX will also receive a technology upgrade that includes an available 60-gig hard drive, navigation with voice commands and AcuraLink satellite communication.
The launch of the RDX is part of a big kickoff for the East Liberty facility, which is undergoing a $166 million expansion. We’ll be getting our first stint behind the wheel of the refreshed RDX later this week, so stay tuned for our full impressions. Acura’s official press blast about the announcement is available for your perusal after the jump.