New model will be brand flagship
Type-S Coming with 355 hp V6
This is the Acura MDX Prototype, the advanced look at what Acura has in store for the fourth-generation of its midsize luxury crossover expected to hit dealers later this year with a new platform designed to improve handling, more driver assistance tech, and a “quantum leap forward” when it comes to craftsmanship and materials.
The new MDX starts with a design that’s not much different from the current model overall, but a world apart in the details. Starting with a new, more upright grille and narrow LED headlights, the MDX Prototype has more curves and more angles nearly everywhere than the outgoing model. The stance is improved by bulging wheel arches and a dash to front axle dimension six inches longer than before.
Around the side are 21-inch alloys framing a three-inch longer wheelbase for more seating space and at the back are what Acura calls Chicane LED taillights.
But where the vehicle really transforms is inside. Now Acura’s flagship (since the demise of the RL), they’ve gone all out here adding materials like open-pore wood trim, French-stitched details, and the curvilinear quilting that adorns the 16-way adjustable sports bucket seats. Other high-grade materials include polished aluminum, and soft-touch Milano leather, and even the two-tone steering wheel offers a new level of elegance for Acura.
Tech starts with the 12.3-inch digital Precision Cockpit display and a new version of Acura’s True Touchpad interface. The 12.3-inch infotainment screen is the brand’s largest yet, and it has a new CPU for better performance. A 25-speaker ELS Studio audio system is fitted with six speakers in the ceiling and two woofers in the front console. Acura calls it its most advanced and powerful audio system ever. Safety tech includes enhancements to Road Departure Mitigation, traffic jam assist, and low-speed braking control.
Powered by a 3.5L V6 with a 10-speed auto in standard form, the Type S will get Acura’s new S-specific 3.0L turbo V6. The suspension uses an Intelligent Dynamics System drive mode selection, and the new platform has double wishbones in front (the first for MDX) to deliver the kind of handling that Acura was once known for.
While it’s called the MDX Prototype, Acura has given us every reason to believe that this is what we’ll see in showrooms by end of year, with the Type-S arriving early next.