The all-new Acura MDX will arrive at dealers in early 2021. The first-ever high-performance MDX Type S version follows next summer.
The 2021 Acura MDX debuted yesterday in a prototype form that previews the next generation of America’s all-time best-selling 3-row SUV.
Acura says the new flagship model is the most premium, high-performance, and technologically sophisticated SUV in the history of the brand.
The MDX got an ultra-rigid new body. The vehicle rides on an all-new, light truck, a performance-focused platform with the first-ever double-wishbone front suspension.
The MDX exterior features a nice matte finish, Liquid Carbon and Performance Red colors, more dynamic and muscular design; a long, sculpted hood, a lower and wider body with bulging shoulders; an upright three-dimensional Diamond Pentagon grille, JewelEye LED headlamps, Chicane LED taillights; a greenhouse set further back.
The 21-inch wheels are pushed to the corners. This gives a nearly 3-inch longer wheelbase, more space for occupants and cargo adds ride quality.
Brembo four-piston brake calipers in Ivory paint enable superior stopping performance.
The instrument panel is more upright and cleaner. Acura uses high-quality authentic materials inside, such as open-pore wood with infused metallic flake, polished aluminum, soft-touch Milano leather, a mix of Ebony and Light Orchid leather.
New-gen sport seats feature a more sculpted form, curvilinear quilting, gradient perforation, and high-contrast stitching and piping. They offer 16-way power adjustment and massage functionality with 9 modes.
Acura offers 27 different lighting schemes for the cabin. An ultra-wide panoramic moonroof highlights the upscale interior.
The MDX Prototype debuts the brand’s fully digital Precision Cockpit. It replaces physical gauges.
The car can boast the latest generation intuitive and driver-focused True Touchpad Interface with an ultra-wide, full-HD, 12.3-inch center display.
The “Signature Edition” ELS Studio 3D premium audio system is the most advanced and powerful one Acura has ever offered. It provides more than 1000W power, 22 discrete channels, and 25 speakers.
Acura’s latest-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure enhances occupant and pedestrian protection capabilities, brings the expanded suite of safety and driver-assist functions.
Acura also uses the newest front passenger airbag technology for the MDX (first seen on the 2021 TLX).
- Super Handling All-Wheel Drive;
- Intelligent Dynamics System (IDS) for customization of the ride, handling, steering, suspension, powertrain;
- two new engines: a standard 3.5-liter V6 connected to Acura’s responsive 10-speed AT, and a 3.0-liter turbo-six that produces 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque (on MDX Type S).
Acura will build the 2021 MDX vehicles at its East Liberty plant in Ohio. Engines are made at the Anna engine plant (Oho), while the automatic transmission is produced exclusively at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia facility.