Acura MDX Prototype – The Auto Blog

Acura MDX Prototype The Auto Blog - Acura MDX Prototype - The Auto Blog

In the wake of the TLX, Acura renews the MDX SUV. He confirms his role as the brand's flagship. Intended almost exclusively for the North American market, it still does without any hybrid drive.

  • Prototype: 100% aesthetically compliant with the production version
  • Fourth generation of the MDX which continues to move upmarket

For its 20th anniversary, the Acura MDX is moving to its fourth generation. The one that was the real first SUV from Honda's premium brand continues to evolve upwards. With the demise of the RLX (aka Honda Legend), he is indeed the real top of the range. The third generation marked a turning point in the style of the model, and the fourth is a continuation of the latter. She is still sharpening herself a little. Make no mistake, its MDX Prototype name doesn't make it a concept. The style is 100% true to the version that will be released next spring. More dynamic, not just in style. With the new platform, a version dedicated to the SUV of the TLX, Acura is indeed emphasizing driving pleasure.

The interior styling is also in the vein of that of the TLX sedan. The screens take up more space than on the previous MDX, and the ergonomics remain quite loaded with buttons compared to what we see on the latest productions from other manufacturers. Acura has not given in to the touch mode, neither for the screen, nor for the buttons … This does not mean that the technology is not up to date: screens, connected services, driving aids, the MDX represents Honda's know-how.

Two engines will be offered, both with 6 cylinders. Yes, it is still possible. An naturally aspirated 3.5 V6 with a 10-speed automatic transmission and SH-AWD all-wheel drive. The Type-S version will adopt a 3.0 Turbo of 355 hp.

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Apart from a few anecdotal presences in the Middle East or in Russia, Acura remains a brand almost exclusively focused on the North American market. The MDX illustrates this positioning by refusing for the moment any hybridization. It also shows the rise of SUVs. The top of the range Acura is no longer a sedan …

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