Acura brought today at the 2013 NAIAS the 2014 MDX Prototype, a concept that previews the third generation of the popular, 7-passenger MDX performance luxury SUV. The first visual impact with the “Aero Sculpture” styling of the 2014 MDX Prototype shows the signature Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights. According to Acura, the new design makes the MDX Prototype is with 16 percent more efficient than the outgoing model.
For the first time, Acura will also offer a front-wheel drive version of MDX in addition to the all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) model. Under the hood, there is a direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that promises to deliver improved torque and more spirited performance.
Moreover, the 2014 Acura MDX Prototype features plenty of safety technologies such as next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and the available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.
And things don’t stop here, as the 2014 MDX Prototype comes with next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and the available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.
The new MDX will also feature the next-generation AcuraLink cloud-based connected car system with Pandora connectivity, SiriusXM radio, SMS text messaging, and cloud-based Aha by Harman connectivity. The new Acura MDX will be built to the company's vehicle and V-6 engine manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama.
Inside the new 2014 MDX are a wide range of cutting-edge information technologies. Examples include SMS text messaging and SiriusXM radio. It also comes with the latest version of the cloud-based connected AcuraLink car system having Pandora connectivity. Included as well is Aha, a cloud-based feature developed by Harman connectivity.
With all of these, occupants of the vehicle have easy access to hundreds, if not thousands, of media, information, and news that are personalized. They can do so using any compatible smartphone and corresponding data plan. The brand will also be offering under the new MDX the Acura/ELS premium audio system. As mentioned, the AcuraLink is fitted in the new MDX.
Equipped are various security features, assistive features, and even convenience features, though some are fee-based. Examples include live-operator concierge services, “SOS” emergency call feature, remote locking/unlocking, and automated crash notification. Speaking of innovative safety technologies, the new MDX is fitted with a number of them.
There is, for instance, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. Others include, among others, the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system and the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system. Visibility technologies are equipped as well like the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. Honda will be putting in the Active Cruise Control (ACC), which has Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS). The safety systems put in the new MDX are not a surprise as the brand wanted this model to have safety ratings that are top-level.
This includes getting the IIHS rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ and the NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score. In fact, excluding the outgoing ZDX, all models of the 2013 Acura have achieved the TOP SAFETY PICK safety rating at the very least. Further, the TL sedan is just one of two vehicles to have obtained the TOP SAFETY Pick+ rating. According to the brand, production of the new 2014 Acura MDX will no longer be in the Alliston, Ontario facility.
Instead it will now be at the manufacturing plant located in Lincoln, Alabama, the same plant where the V6 engine is made as well. While parts are sourced both domestic and globally, the MDX will be exclusively made in North America.