2014 Acura MDX Prototype Debuts

2013 Detroit Auto Show


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    2014 Acura MDX Picture

    2014 Acura MDX. | January 14, 2013

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Acura MDX Prototype offers consumers a near-production look at the redesign of the luxury Japanese SUV due to arrive in showrooms this summer.
  • The Acura MDX Prototype debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • For the first time, Honda's upscale brand will offer a front-wheel-drive version of the MDX, which is expected to come in at a lower price than the current all-wheel-drive version of the SUV.

DETROIT — The 2014 Acura MDX Prototype offers consumers a near-production look at the redesign of the luxury Japanese SUV due to arrive in showrooms this summer.

The Acura MDX Prototype debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The MDX, which is one of Acura's most popular models, targets the BMW X5, Buick Enclave and Volvo XC90.

Honda says the prototype offers "a strong indication of the styling and design direction" for the MDX.

For the first time, Honda's upscale brand will offer a front-wheel-drive version of the MDX, which is expected to come in at a lower price than the current all-wheel-drive version of the SUV. The base 2013 Acura MDX starts at $44,175, including an $895 destination charge. Pricing was not announced on the 2014 MDX. The front-wheel-drive model joins the all-wheel-drive or SH-AWD version of the MDX.

Honda also said that the 2014 MDX will feature "a significant increase in fuel efficiency." The 2013 Acura MDX 4WD returns 16 mpg in city driving and 21 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The 2014 MDX will be equipped with a new, direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V6 engine with variable cylinder management. Powertrain specifications were not disclosed. The 2013 MDX is equipped with a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 MDX Prototype features a longer wheelbase than the current model. The 2014 MDX boasts improved ride quality, increased second-row legroom and better third-row seat access.

Honda said it was aiming for "low, wide and sleek proportions" with the redesign.

Few details are available about the interior of the 2014 MDX.

"While we aren't showcasing the interior today, I can assure you it will further improve the already great functionality in the cabin and cargo area," said Jon Ikeda, Acura Design Studio chief designer, in a statement.

Edmunds says: Sounds as if some practical changes are in store for the 2014 Acura MDX.

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