Back in January, Acura unveiled the MDX Concept but today the production version of that concept has arrived: ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2014 Acura MDX! The design is not new, but the technology found under its body is. The 2014 Acura MDX is powered by an all-new direct-injected 24-valve 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), delivering 290 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque.
According to the official press release, the MDX's engine architecture is shared with two racecars that recently finished First and Second in the LMP2 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters.
Just like the previous version, the 2014 MDX will be offered in both Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and two-wheel-drive drivetrain variants, both featuring Acura's new Agile Handling Assist technology. Matched to the highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology engine and the \ SH-AWD drivetrain, the 2014 MDX has an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined), while the new front-wheel-drive model is EPA rated at 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The 2014 MDX features an all-new Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) with three modes: Sport, Normal and Comfort. What is more interesting is that the 2014MY MDX is 275 pounds lighter than the outgoing version. The interior was also updated and the MDX promises to offer improved all-around passenger comfort. Furthermore, the 2014 MDX introduces the new One-Touch Walk-In feature.
With a single press of the illuminated One-Touch Walk-In button, the second-row seats automatically fold and slide to their forward-most position. The first visual impact with the 2014 Acura MDX shows the Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights. Other signature technologies offered by the new MDX are the more powerful Acura/ELS Studio premium audio system, and the next-generation AcuraLink connectivity system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic, featuring freeway traffic and surface street conditions (free for the first three years).
Both the AcuraLink and Acura/ELS Studio system take advantage of a 7-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touchscreen with haptic feedback and an 8-inch Color Information Display. The 2014 MDX offers a host of innovative driver assistive and visibility technologies, including a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).