It is built on an all-new platform.
Powertrain includes 3.5-litre V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission.
An MDX Type S arrives late next summer with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6.
Pricing starts at $56,405 in Canada.
The Acura MDX quickly became a favorite among discerning luxury SUV buyers when it was launched 20 years ago. The combination of design, performance, and technology made it impossible to resist. Now, as the 4th-generation MDX breaks cover, all the elements are back in place to make the best ever, and the proper flagship vehicle it has become.
The 2022 Acura MDX is all-new in nearly all conceivable ways. Its all-new platform endows the SUV with an extra 7cm of wheelbase and 3.5cm of extra stance in the name of space and road presence. On the road, the MDX should impress dynamically with its double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Steering and braking performance are upgraded with, respectively, a new variable gear ratio and thicker and larger rotors.
Under the new sculpted bonnet, we find the 3.5-litre V6 which has been enhanced however develops the same 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque as it did previously. New is a standard 10-speed automatic transmission that replaces the 9-speed unit. The big news here is that an MDX Type S will be available with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 which will produce an estimated 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque.
Standard in Canada and available in the US is Acura’s rear-biased Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system that uses the brand’s industry-leading torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive technology. For both models, Acura includes the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) with Snow, Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Individual drive settings.
Physically, the new MDX embodies the design language that was introduced with the recently launched TLX. Like the sedan, the SUV’s dash-to-ale ratio has grown by 15cm pushing the cabin rearward for a very powerful and bold look. This visually pushes the wheels further out to the corners for a truly dynamic stance. The new design is accentuated by a multi-faceted Diamond Pentagon grille and new four-element JewelEye LED headlights.
The cabin is also fast-forwarded into the 21st century with a driver-focused cabin for seven passengers. It features a new, all-digital 12.3-inch Acura Precision Cockpit, an ultra-wide 12.3-inches full-HD display that works through the Acura-exclusive touchpad, and a new, more powerful CPU for improved performance. The dashboard itself is a variation on the one found in the TLX, that is to say, a properly-evolved Acura unit.
Front passengers are treated to Acura sport seats which feature 12-way adjustment, three-way seat heating, and three-position memory – all standard. MDX A-Spec adds ventilated front seats while the Platinum Elite Package gains 16-way adjustments including side bolsters and thigh extensions. The second-row features a first-in-class removable center seat providing owners with three distinct seating options. As always, trunk space is generous and well thought out.
The list of standard technology features is huge. Look for Amazon Alexa Built-In, and Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, available CabinTalk and a 16-Speaker, 710-watt ELS STUDIO 3D premium audio system, and so much more.
The 2022 Acura MDX will arrive at dealers on February 12th, 2021 with an MSRP starting at $56,405. The MDX Type S lands late next summer.