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.
The new Acura MDX Prototype was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show 2013. The 3rd generation of the 7-passenger Acura MDX performance luxury sports utility vehicle, which will come in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive layouts, will feature strong design direction and styling.
According to Mike Accavitti, Acura’s VP for national marketing operations, their goal is to build on the MDX's great dynamic performance and at the same time improve luxury comfort and fuel economy. He said that they are building on the good momentum they have already established in 2012 with their flagship RLX, then followed by a great new luxury SUV in the form of the MDX. They are excited about the direction that their brand is taking and are looking forward to a successful 2013, he added.
Moreover, the 2014 MDX Prototype has an “Aero Sculpture” styling that pursues compact, smart, and premium appearance, with wide, low, and sleek proportions. It also boasts a clean, uncluttered, and efficient design, complete with elegant and premium detailing, which includes its signature Jewel Eye LED headlights. What’s more, this “Aero” styling reflects significant improvements in the field of aerodynamic efficiency, which is up 16% compared to the 2013 MDX. This is achieved after extensive testing done at Honda R&D Americas’ wind-tunnel lab based in Raymond, Ohio, where the SUV is also being built.
Additionally, the 2014 MDX Prototype's arcing roofline, which is 1.5-inches lower compared to that of the outgoing MDX, and its sculpted exterior encase an even more versatile and spacious cabin. The 2014 MDX Prototype also features a longer wheelbase, which enhances ride quality, as well as increases legroom in the second row and makes access to the third-row seats easier.