Acura MDX Gets Rejuvinated

Posted by: Lydia Siu onMarch 23rd, 2016


Acura took to the stage at the 2016 New York Auto Show to debut their refreshed MDX to the public. Not much information was available prior to the release and many speculated it would just be a visual update, but Acura surprised all with a nice technology bump as well.

First up, the exterior of the MDX has been given a nice refresh bring in all of Acura’s latest design elements. The front grille has been redesigned and now utilizes Acura’s new diamond pentagon grille which was first seen on their Precision Concept vehicle which debuted in Detroit earlier this year. Acura has been using more angular lines in their body profile in their latest generation lineup. This design element finds its way onto the MDX as well by way of wider headlights and bumper vents which all lends to a sportier and more defined looks.

New for the MDX in 2017 is hybrid power which is shared technology with the flagship all new NSX. The gas engine is a 3.0L V6 mated to a seven speed transmission which sends power to all four wheels. The MDX now uses an electric motor on the front axle and two electric motors on the rear axle to aid in performance. Speaking of performance, the MDX now has a combined gas and electric power output of 325hp which is a health bump from the previous generation.

Acura continues to step up its game in the safety department and loads the MDX up with the best it offers. For 2017, the MDX gets automatic emergency braking to avoid front collisions, lane assistance, adaptive cruise control, low-speed follow and road departure mitigation. Safety standards and features aside, the unsaid approach manufacturers are taking is to introduce these features as safety enhancement, but really they are the foundational technology around autonomous vehicles.

Regardless, the technology does help to avoid accidents, and Acura’s refresh for the MDX is a nice improvement for the model which will likely appeal to the masses and even more so to MDX enthusiasts.

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