Acura recently revealed the Acura MDX Prototype, previewing the upcoming fourth-generation version of its best-selling three-row SUV.
New design features, an upscale interior, and impressive new technology features, further complemented with a sportier S variant, make Acura’s new crossover even better than its previous iteration.
For a long time, Acura has been at the top of the crossover market with its three-row crossover SUV, the MDX. The carmaker is now making the MDX even better by unveiling the MDX Prototype, set to launch in early 2021. Honda’s luxury vehicle division has also announced that a sportier MDX Type S will be released in summer 2021.
The prototype has been well received by auto enthusiasts and journalists, as it featured a newly-designed sharp, pentagon grille that is not overly-imposing and gives the crossover a very futuristic, smart stance.
Further complimenting the front end are the jeweled LED headlamps with sharp DRLs. The lower front bumper is much larger for bigger intakes, and the sculpted hood further adds to the futuristic nature of the MDX Prototype’s design.
The car’s sides have more volume and cuts, making it look muscular but pleasing at the same time. Besides, the lower roofline adds to a more compact and sportier stance, but the absence of any excessive sloping at the back still gives the MDX a more SUV- like character.
However, the car’s rear-end hasn’t been changed dramatically, with the introduction of Chicane-style LED taillights, dual exhausts, and a quarter window being the only new additions. The MDX sits on 21-inch wheels that fill well into the arches and look well proportionated.
The interior was refurbished and fitted with premium touches such as fine Milano leather, open-pore wood and aluminum trimming on the dashboard panels, leather-wrapped steering wheel with a design only seen on high-end luxury cars like the Bentley Flying Spur. The seats on the prototype appear to provide excellence, thanks to its curved quilted leather upholstery, that goes well with the rest of the interior.
The 12.3-inch driver’s display is crisp and informative, with the same sized infotainment pop-up screen on the dashboard. Other features include a panoramic moonroof, LED ambient lighting, a powerful 1000-watt, 25-speaker ELS 3D Surround Sound System Overall, a well-appointed interior for a crossover of its class.
The third-row seating is the feature that made the MDX so popular among American families. The concept shows that there will be even more legroom for all three rows. The tall roofline gives the third-row passengers more headroom to get comfortable. The front passengers get leather-wrapped sports seats with a 9-mode massage function as well as 16-way power adjustments.
Acura says that the 4-cylinder powering the TLX will be replaced by a 3.5-liter V6 with a 10-speed automatic for a better economy.
The MDX S version will feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 and is set to produce around 355 HP and 480 Nm of torque – healthy numbers for the crossover of this size. The ride dynamics are expected to be improved from the previous model, with the MDX planted on a new light truck platform for improved handling, comfort, and refinement. Acura confirmed that the MDX would feature 4-piston Brembo brakes and a double-wishbone suspension system. Also, Acura’s Intelligent Dynamics System allows for customizing the suspension, powertrain, and steering dynamics.
With no information regarding the prices of the entry-level models of the MDX, Acura will be expecting a long waiting list of eager customers stretching their hands on a beautiful, technologically advanced, and practical crossover which also shares some performance DNA from Acura’s flagship supercar, the NSX, in the form of its improved driving experience.