Acura will bring the 2014 MDX at the New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on March 19, 2013

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.

Press Release

All-New 2014 Acura MDX to Restake Luxury SUV Benchmark Status at the 2013 New York International Auto Show

The production version of the all-new 2014 Acura MDX will be unveiled March 27, at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), which will further cement the model's position as the benchmark in the three-row luxury SUV category. Utilizing a completely new platform that has been optimized in every respect, the seven-passenger MDX will offer enhanced ride comfort, a more versatile cabin, and increased fuel efficiency, while also improving dynamic performance.

The new third-generation 2014 Acura MDX is equipped with a highly efficient direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), and will be offered in both SH-AWD and 2-wheel-drive drivetrain variants, the latter configuration being a first for the model. The 2014 MDX features a longer wheelbase that raises ride quality, increases second-row legroom, and improves third-row seat access. In addition, the 2014 Acura MDX harnesses a collection of Acura signature technologies, including the next-generation of the AcuraLink® Connectivity System and Jewel Eye™ LED headlamps.

The 2014 MDX offers a collection of innovative driver assistive and visibility technologies such as the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and the available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and Blind Spot Information (BSI). The third-generation MDX is also equipped with a broad array of advanced safety technologies, including the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure and the available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems. Further, the 2014 MDX is expected to achieve top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS.

The Acura press conference is scheduled for 12:10 PM (EDT) on March 27, 2013 inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Shortly after, the recorded press conference will be available for view onwww.acuranews.com and www.youtube.com/acura. For members of the media, press materials and photography will be posted at www.acuranews.com immediately following the press conference.

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