Acura will present the production version of its redesigned 2014 MDX SUV at the upcoming New York Auto Show. At the recently held Detroit Auto Show, a thinly veiled concept of the 2014 MDX had debuted. Its look will be somewhat softer and will have more curves than the present model that’s more angular. Because of its bold fenders, the crossover gets an athletic look. It has features like the “shield” grille that make it look a lot like the newest RDX.
The headlights have Acura’s new “Jewel Eye” LED design that first appeared on the top-of-the-line RLX sedan. The 2014 MDX is different from its smaller RDX siblingas it won’t eliminate its advanced Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system to get a less complex, front-biased AWD setup.
But the new crossover will come with front-wheel-drive, the first time for the MDX. Instead of the 3.7-liter V6 used on the current model, the ‘ute will use a 3.5-liter SOHC mill that’s a bit smaller. Acura declined to offer further details about the motor, it’s likely to offer a version of the RLX’s six-cylinder that will deliver slightly more than 300hp. It’s likely that with this new engine and with a lighter and more rigid platform, fuel economy will be improved.
Chief designer Jon Ikeda said that even if Acura hasn't presented the interior of the 2014 MDX, the new utility vehicle will enhance the cargo area’s and the cabin’s functionality while boosting its comfort, luxury, and quietness.
A complete lineup of information technologies will be available, such as Acura’s next-generation, cloud-based AcuraLink connectivity system that offers smartphone users with access to Aha radio, Pandora radio and also brings optional concierge and automated crash notification services.