Honda announced Tuesday that it has begun production of the 2019 Acura RDX at the company’s plant in East Liberty.

The 2019 RDX is the first in a generation of new Acura products. Honda made a $54 million investment in the East Liberty plant in order to gear up for production. All RDX models for the North American market are produced at the plant.

New technologies at the East Liberty Auto Plant include a new roller hemming process for the new RDX’s ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and the use of high-performance structural adhesives for enhanced body rigidity – both manufacturing firsts for a mass-produced Acura model. 

“This new RDX defines the future of Acura, and our Ohio team did an incredible job preparing this first in a new generation of Acura vehicles for our customers,” said Jim Hefner, plant manager at the East Liberty Auto Plant. “Paired with a new Ohio-made 2.0-liter Turbo engine, an all-new platform and a host of new technologies, the 2019 RDX sets a new high bar for style, performance and sophistication in a compact luxury SUV.”

The engine for the RDX is made in Anna Ohio.