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Just as it did with the all-new 2014 RLX, Acura is using a thinly veiled ‘prototype’ to preview its next-generation MDX, which goes on sale this summer as a 2014 model. The MDX prototype, whose official title is 2014 Acura MDX Prototype, was revealed in front of audiences at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
It confirms the edgy look Acura is planning for its latest luxury crossover SUV, which the automaker likes to call “Aero Sculpture,” as well as the addition of LED headlights.
The 2014 MDX will boast a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, providing improved ride quality, more legroom for the second row and easier access to the third row. The new MDX will also be about 1.5 inches lower, which hopefully means it’s more aerodynamic.
This will be the third generation of the MDX, which will once again offer handsome styling, seven seats and all-wheel drive. However, new for 2014 will be a fuel-efficient front-wheel-drive model which should help the vehicle appeal to a wider audience.
Unlike the new RLX, which will offer V-6 or hybrid power, only one drivetrain has so far been confirmed for the 2014 MDX: a 3.5-liter V-6 with direct-injection technology, variable valve timing and displacement on demand. No numbers have been revealed but Acura says it will offer more torque, better fuel economy and improved performance over the V-6 engine fitted to the outgoing model.
Underpinning the crossover is a new chassis that’s said to be lighter and more rigid than the unit it replaces. The suspension is all-new, leading to a more refined ride and a quieter cabin.
Acura isn’t showing the cabin just yet but says it will offer more luxury, more space and greater functionality. We also know that there will be a host of technological goodies such as the latest AcuraLink infotainment and connectivity system, a premium sound system and electronic safety warning systems. A backup camera will also be fitted.
We'll be seeing the 2014 Acura MDX soon, and driving it too. We'll then be able update this initial preview with more detailed information, including driving impressions, so check back for more in the near future.
- Edgy styling
- Plenty of luxury
- Great connectivity options
- Only one powertrain
- Needs premium gas
- Beak-like grille