Acura revealed its latest version of the 2017 Acura MDX, one with a new style and luxury features added. This refreshed and restyled luxury SUV is equipped with the Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive and it is expected that all grades will have the AcuraWatch.
With the inclusion of the automatic emergency braking, this makes the 2017 Acura MDX the first luxury SUV of its segment to have these driver-assistive and safety technologies.
This luxury SUV is expected to begin sales at official Acura dealerships across the U.S. in the summer of 2016. The MDX Sport Hybrid will then go on sale sometime late 2016.
According to American Honda Motor Co., Inc., executive vice president John Mendel, the application of a bold style increases the performance pedigree of the 2017 MDX.
Mendel continued that by putting in its exclusive Sport Hybrid powertrain and the use of the AcuraWatch technologies that auto industry players say is semi-autonomous, this symbolizes an important addition to the company’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA.
These various changes will not only move forward the competitiveness of the 2017 MDX but also advance its legacy as the best-selling luxury three-row SUV of all time, he added. The addition of both standard technological and luxurious features increases the benefits received by all of the 2017 MDX models.
These features include the Auto High Beam headlights and the Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold. It also has the SiriusXM Radio 2.0 with four available 2.5-amp USB charging ports.
Those who avail of the Technology and Advance packages will also get the HD Traffic, power folding side mirrors, Bi-Directional Keyless Remote Engine Start, and two 20-inch wheels and tires.
The Advance package will also have the LED fog lights on the exterior while the interior has the Black Limba or the Olive Ash Burl wood trim. The package also offers a heated steering wheel and a Surround-View Camera System that allows the driver to choose from six possible viewing angles.
The features do not stop there as the Advance models will also have the center console two extra USB ports and two second-row captain's chairs. This is better compared to the three-person second-row seating displayed on lower grades.
Models that carry the Advance ENT Package also come with the Rear Entertainment System that has an ultra-widescreen.
Like the 2017 MDX, the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid will also offer the Technology and Advance packages. Both these packages will have the Active Sport Suspension that offers enhanced ride quality and handling performance.
It has also been incorporated with the Integrated Dynamics System that has three dynamic modes which are Normal, Comfort, and Sport. For the Sport Hybrid model, it will also offer the Sport+ mode. As mentioned previously, all of the 2017 Acura MDX will have as standard equipment the AcuraWatch suite of driver-assistive and advanced safety technology.
These include the Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System with an automatic emergency braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and the Road Departure Mitigation.
The AcuraWatch not only helps prevent possible collisions but in the event that one does occur, it also aids in mitigating its severity. What the system does is make use of a monocular camera sensing technology and millimeter wave radar in order to detect lane markings, and more importantly, other vehicles.
Since it comes with the Lane Keeping Assist and the Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, it can considerably lower the workload of the driver when cruising on the freeway since it helps maintain a certain speed and a set following interval.
It does this by starting the input of the throttle and braking and then adds the steering input to ensure that the driver can maintain the position in the detected lane. The Acura MDX is not only the best-selling SUV from Acura but it is also the best-selling luxury three-row SUV of all time.
Each year for the last three years, sales for the Acura have reached 50,000 units. The design of the 2017 Acura MDX was done by Acura Design Studio based in Torrance, California, while development and engineering was at its Research & Development facility in Raymond, Ohio.
Manufacturing the 2017 MDX was done at its auto plant at Lincoln, Alabama, using parts sourced domestically and globally. During the early part of 2017, the company’s East Liberty, Ohio facility will start production of the MDX as well.