Announced a few weeks ago with illustrations showing the main features of its design, the new Acura MDX was presented last week as a pre-production model. This fourth generation marks a turning point towards a more luxurious positioning, but also a sporty turn with a new Type S livery.
However, its design is clearly more progressive than revolutionary. Drawing heavily on the latest TLX sedan, the MDX features a less protruding pentagon grille than the previous generation. Its lines are also less angular, leaning more towards the crossover side than the traditional SUV in its presentation. The interior also benefits from more attention with a cleaner dashboard and better materials, according to Acura.
To ensure a real differentiation from its predecessor, this MDX is based on an all-new chassis with double-wishbone suspension at the front to allow improved handling.
To keep it going, the MDX will be entitled to two engines. The standard 3.5L V6 will be atmospheric. Its power has not been communicated, but is expected to be around 290 hp of the current model. As an option, a 355 hp twin-turbo 3.0 L V6 will beat under the hood of the Type S version, a sporty first livery for the MDX.
Both engines should benefit from all-wheel drive as standard. It would have been interesting to have a hybrid or plug-in hybrid alternative, however, but Acura hasn't made any progress in this regard.
The production version will go on sale in early 2021, while the Type S livery will be available from summer 2021.