Acura plans to reveal a new version of its most popular seller, the MDX, at the New York International Auto Show on March 23.
The teaser photo hints at the new look of the redesigned MDX that is heavily influenced by Acura’s “precision crafted performance” design language — its new, more bold design philosophy. This means that Acura’s big crossover SUV will look significantly different, with sharper lines and a completely new front fascia.
“We are sharpening our focus on the precision crafted performance DNA of the Acura brand and the 2017 MDX will integrate new styling elements and powertrain technology that takes us another step in that direction,” John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda said in a statement.
Acura promises the new design will include an array of mechanical modifications, but technical details are being kept under wraps until the start of the New York show. A few months ago, Honda announced a new 10-speed automatic and it’s likely the new gearbox will find its way into the 2017 MDX. The new transmission will also be offered with the Honda Pilot since it shares many parts with the MDX and TLX sedan.
Currently, the seven-seater MDX is offered only with a direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm. It drives the front wheels using a nine-speed automatic transmission though it can be paired with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive System (SH-AWD) at an extra cost.
Honda’s decision to update Acura’s seven-passenger crossover underscores how popular midsize crossovers have become and how difficult it is to stand out in the competitive segment. The MDX competes against vehicles in the premium segment that includes the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes ML350, Infiniti QX60, Lexus GX, Volvo XC90 and mainstream models such as the Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.
The TFLcar team will be covering NYIAS and will have plenty of tantalizing news and cool reveals for its readers.
Acura sold more than 58,000 MDX crossovers in 2015 and clearly expects to sell more in the future.
The Acura MDX is the brand’s best-selling car. This family hauler is both sporty and luxurious as Emme found out when she spent a week behind the wheel of the 2016 Acura MDX in this TFLcar review.