Salon of the new cross Acura MDX: promised a leap in design, it turned out – like the TLX, but with chips

13 Oct

The flagship three-row SUV of Honda’s premium brand has changed even more on the inside than on the outside after a generational change, but we have already seen all this on other Acura models. Well, almost everything.

The new generation MDX crossover (already the fourth) brand Acura began to declassify a week ago, publishing the first picture and video from the exterior. Although the look has long been not a secret at all: last year, images of the model were found in the firmware of the latest RDX multimedia system. But the interior has not been lit anywhere before, so we are looking at the second batch of teasers with interest. Let us remind you that this is still a prototype, but the serial version, judging by the previous “drain”, outwardly will hardly differ from it. That is, the interior of a commercial SUV will probably be the same.

Acura believes that the “fourth” MDX made “a qualitative leap in interior design” – they say, moved the brand to a new level. Well, compared to its predecessor, this is really a “leap”, but the recently presented sedan Acura TLX of the new generation received almost the same interior, and the interior of the younger RDX cross is decorated in the same spirit. Inside the MDX – a multimedia system with a “floating” widescreen (you can control the “multimedia” using the touchpad installed on the central tunnel), leather and natural wood are used in the decoration, the audio system has 25 speakers and built-in lighting, and the button panel of the “car “. The crossover will continue to be available in a three-row design.

However, as befits a flagship, the MDX still has its own tricks: the SUV got a virtual tidy (TLX and RDX have analog devices), and the front seats (by the way, with developed lateral support) have a massage function. Acura TLX second generation: new engines and platform, and a pillow in the form of a baseball glove

Not a word about technology yet. According to unofficial data, the crossover will be offered with two gasoline engines to choose from, which are familiar from other Acura models: this is a 2.0 turbo (on TLX and RDX it produces 276 hp and 380 Nm) and a V6 3.0 turbo engine (power of the TLX Type S engine is 360 hp, torque – 480 Nm). Both engines are probably combined with a ten-speed “automatic”. In the “base” of the crossover front-wheel drive, for a surcharge, branded all-wheel drive SH-AWD with individual rear wheel couplings will be available. Also for MDX, they probably kept a hybrid version.

The outgoing SUV in the States is available with an aspirated V6 3.5 (294 hp), mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid has a naturally aspirated V6 3.0 and three electric motors (one is built into a seven-speed robotized gearbox, the rest spin the rear wheels), the total output of such a modification is 325 hp. Price – from 44,500 dollars.

The online premiere of the new generation Acura MDX will take place on October 14, and the model will hit the US market early next year.