First launched in 2000 as a 2001 model, the Acura MDX is a mid-size crossover SUV from Honda’s Acura luxury division. The vehicle has managed to gain ground for the short time it has been in the market.
In order to win more customers while retaining the current ones, Honda is set to offer an updated model of the Acura in 2016 as a 2017 model car. Further, Honda is set to release a 4th generation of the model later in 2020. The new model comes with only subtle changes as the vehicle received an extensive redesign in 2014.
2017 Acura MDX Exterior
The new 2017 Acura MDX will weigh significantly less than the outgoing model due to use of aluminum, high performance steel and carbon fiber in construction of its body.
At the front, the 2017 Acura MDX will feature a new wider front bumper which has been integrated with two large new air intakes. At the front, the SUV features a 3-D chromed grille design with the automaker’s logo at the center. The grille is flanked by new LED headlights and fog lights. The front also features new rain sensing wipers. At the back, the SUV features a new bumper and a redesigned exhaust tip.
The SUV will ride on 19-inch alloy wheels which have been integrated with an upgraded suspension to help in different terrains. Overall, the body has been tweaked to provide more aerodynamics.
2017 Acura MDX Interior
Interior specs are still a mystery but we don’t expect significant changes from the present model’s design. The black cabin trim is set to continue. The cabin will accommodate 7 adult passengers comfortably spread over its three row seating arrangement. The seats are upholstered in leather. The leather trim continues in the rest of the cabin. Genuine wood trim is also featured. The driver’s seat is heated and is also power adjustable.
The vehicle will also feature a larger touch-screen which will be integrated with an upgraded infotainment system. For entertainment, the vehicle will feature a quality sound system. The cockpit will be cleaner with fewer switches and knobs. The vehicle will also feature a new telescoping steering wheel, a navigation system and air conditioning.
Connectivity features such as Bluetooth, USB ports and Smartphone integration will also make it to the cabin. Safety is also taken care of with features such as parking sensors, traction control and enhanced airbags as standard. More safety features are offered as an option.
Engine Specs and Performance
The power-trains of the 2017 Acura MDX come unchanged from the previous model. The vehicle will feature the same 3.5 L, V6 engine which produces 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission system, while the MDX hybrid has a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
This system will send power to either the forward wheels or all wheels. In terms of fuel economy, the models with a FWD will return 20 mpg city, 28 mpg on highway and 23 mpg on combined drives.
On the other hand, models with the AWD will return 18 mpg city, 27 mpg on highway and 21 mpg on combined drives. These figures are pretty impressive for a vehicle its size. According to credible sources, the engine is able to make the 0-60 mph run in around 7.5 seconds.
Price and release date
The 2017 Acura MDX SUV is likely to be released in mid 2016 since it is in its final development stages. Official pricing details are yet to be released. However, we don’t expect the new model’s price to significantly change from the outgoing model’s MSRP $ 42,000-$ 57,000 price range.
The vehicle was officially presented at the 2016 New York Auto Show, for the US market will be assembled in Lincoln, Alabama