The current MDX is already a huge success. Not only is it Acura’s best-selling model, but it’s also the second-best-selling midsize luxury SUV in the States. This success is partially due to its unique three-row seating for seven and its lower luxury-level starting price.
The first thing you notice from the sneak peak sketch is that designers removed the controversial front “shield” or beak-like grille. It’s also clear that Acura is going in a sharper, sportier and more aggressive direction with the exterior.
The lines mirror those seen on the Precision Concept that Acura showed off in Detroit this past January.
The MDX sketch shows a new hexagonal grille that completely replaces the pointed signature grille on the current model. Word is that the rear design won’t change much. Acura says it’s also modifying the SUVs mechanics, but Acura is keeping the details of the engine and technology updates a secret for now.
The current model offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290-horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. It uses FWD with a nine-speed automatic transmission and is available with AWD. The new model is expected to offer more powertrain options and will likely offer the 10-speed automatic transmission that Honda offers on the new 2016 Pilot.
In terms of pricing, we expect it to remain on point with the MDX’s current $43,015 starting price. The 2016 AWD bumps that up to $45,015.
The MDX is currently built in Alabama, but Acura will soon expand production to its Ohio plant as well.
The 2017 model goes on sale this summer.