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Acura has released the details--and the first official images--of the refreshed 2010 RDX crossover.

For 2010, front-wheel drive (FWD) becomes available, instead of the previous generation's standard all-wheel drive (AWD). Acura's Super-Handling All-wheel Drive (SH-AWD) remains available as an option. Acura says the FWD system will allow buyers to purchase an RDX at a lower price point, and the company also says the lower weight of the FWD system will allow for improved fuel economy over the AWD version to the tune of a two miles per gallon gain.

The exterior styling gets a refresh, with new 18-inch wheels, a new front and rear fascia, updated headlights and taillights, new exhaust tips, and satin trim accents.

The RDX will receive new interior features, as well. A rearview camera, a USB connection, and ambient lighting for the footwells are just a few of the new goodies, .along with a new center-console tray that is meant to hold an iPod or a cell phone.

The powertrain remains the same--a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

We'll let our readers be the judge of the new RDX's updated styling, but the boys at Jalopnik weren't exactly thrilled. Along with the upcoming 2010 Acura ZDX four-door "coupe" crossover, it appears that Acura has taken some interesting turns with its new design language. The addition of a front-wheel drive option could entice more buyers into the fold--the company is hoping that those folks who live in warmer climates and don't feel that they need AWD will opt for the FWD system instead.

The RDX will start at $32,520 when it hits showrooms.

[Source Acura, Jalopnik]