The new-generation 2022 Acura MDX will hit the market in 2021.
Type S variants on the way for TLX and MDX.
A new compact sedan should be revealed sometime in 2021.
As the automotive industry begins its transition from combustion-engine powertrains to fully electric propulsion, some luxury brands have already announced details of their product roadmap for the next decade, but Acura isn’t one of them. Although we don’t know what’s in store for the brand’s customers on a long-term basis, here’s what to expect from Acura in 2021.
The most significant product introduction during the year will be the 2022 Acura MDX, which made its world debut online on December 8th. Thoroughly redesigned with a more modern interior and upgraded technology, it rides on an all-new platform and is equipped with a 3.5L V6 generating 290 horsepower, matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel drive (standard in the U.S., optional in Canada) or AWD (standard in Canada). A Type S variant will be introduced in late summer with a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 that should produce upwards of 350 horsepower.
The second-generation Acura TLX is now on sale, with more dynamic styling, a new cabin as well as improved handling. The new TLX doesn’t offer a V6 engine like the first generation did, but a performance-infused Type S variant will appear in 2021 with a twin-turbo V6—which should produce more than 350 horsepower, like in the MDX.
Not much will happen with the Acura RDX in 2021, which is the brand’s best-selling model in Canada and in the United States. The RDX PMC Edition, a hand-built limited-run variant of the compact crossover wearing a cloak of Thermal Orange paint, is the most significant news for the new model year. All 360 units planned for North America have been spoken for, and are already arriving in dealers.
The Acura NSX will get a new paint option, called Long Beach Blue, which is actually a throwback to a colour offered between 2002 and 2005, and only 88 units of the first-generation NSX were painted in that hue. However, there is speculation that late in 2021, Type R and/or open-roof variants of the supercar will be revealed.
The 2021 model year could be the last for the Acura ILX, which gets no significant changes. During a recent dealer product presentation that leaked online, a “New Compact Sedan” is on the way, which should be tagged as a 2022 model. Like the TLX and MDX, it will also benefit from a performance Type S variant, and might use the 272-horsepower, turbo 2.0L four that already equips the TLX and RDX.
Last but not least, the Acura RLX will retire after the 2020 model year, with no replacement in sight.
On the electrification front, nothing has been announced yet from the Acura brand, and its only hybrid powertrain—which was available in the MDX—won’t return in the next-generation model. However, the recently announced alliance between Honda and General Motors should result in future Acura EVs, which will use GM’s Ultium battery packs and drive units.