Great Designs in Steel 2019 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2019 Acura RDX

Great Designs in Steel 2019 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2019 Acura RDX

During the 2019 Acura RDX presentation at the 2019 Great Designs in Steel highlights some changes that sets this vehicle apart from the from the previous model years of the RDX. Although this body structure has been used in the RDX since 2014, there has been several changes made to the structure for 2019 model year. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of these structural changes.

The first thing to note, is the addition of a 1500 MPa hot stamped inner door ring. The B-pillar reinforcement is now part of a door ring reinforcement that is made up of 4-5 pieces that are laser welded together, eliminating spot welding at the factory. Which means that the replacement would require a complete door ring reinforcement instead of having the ability to replace the B-pillar reinforcement at factory seams.

The next advancement in the 2019 Acura RDX is the addition of a 1500 MPa upper B-pillar reinforcement. The reason for this is the lack of roof rails due to the panoramic sun roof. Because there are no roof rails, the surrounding structures were strengthened in order to sustain durability during the event of a crash.

Lastly, the rocker panels and front lower rails. The rocker panel reinforcements resemble a continuous crush zone in order to absorb left over energy from the new rigid lower rails that are set up into a “closed loop construction.”

For a link to the complete presentation, check back after May 22nd. With all these changes, comes different repair processes. Make sure to follow all OEM procedures to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.