Meet the 2014 Acura MDX; well, type of. In a fashion characteristic of Honda and Acura these days, the newest MDX intersect is being previewed in almost production-ready “concept” form at the 2013 Detroit auto show. The MDX is one of Acura’s most accepted offerings, so it is possibly with little revelation that the redesigned 2014 model won’t disagree much from the existing version, at least in terms of approach. Despite the carry-over looks, Acura is effective to make the new MDX roomier and more fuel capable.
Save for a few slight tweaks smaller wheels, a more sensible lower front fascia intend the assemble you see here is attractive much what the 2014 MDX will look like. The gregarious MDX is hardly boring to look at, and debatably wears the best performance of Acura’s hard-edged, techno-forward design language.
That said casual spectator would have a hard time distinguish between the new MDX and the old. The present model’s somewhat-fussy front bumper gives way to a cleaner unit with two wide-set air intakes, and its pointed body lines now are broken up by some softer ends. The concept features Acura’s “Jewel Eye” LED headlight huddle, though different on the Acura RLX, the MDX’s are trace a cool blue hue.
Lately Acura has taken a shine to clumsily incorporated rear fender bulges, slapping them on the dense, front-drive ILX and the front-drive-based RLX flagship they’re present and accounted for on the original MDX. Here, it appears Acura implement some command in the bulges’ completion, and to good effect.
The evenly arcing body crease rather elegantly hides the visible augment in the MDX’s wheelbase. Always one of the more orderly and sporty looking three-row luxury crossovers, proportionally, the longer 2014 model now falls closer to contestant such as the Infinite JX and the Audi Q7. Acura says added length between the wheels augment rear legroom for second-row passengers and recovers access to the crossover’s third line of seating.
Just as the 2014 MDX’s styling might not be much of a surprise detective photos of a test mule previously exposed the minor surface upgrades the crossover’s power train isn’t, either. The sociable model’s 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine is being abandoned for a new, direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 with variable cylinder organization.
Acura has not yet free power figures for the new MDX’s V-6, but the corporation says the engine will make more torque than the old 3.7-liter while delivering better fuel saving. The MDX’s new power plant possibly is the same as the one powering the 2014 RLX sedan; in that request, the 3.5-liter makes 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque and secure up to a six-speed automatic. Suppose alike specs for the 2014 MDX.