2014 Acura MDX Prototype Debuts

2013 Detroit Auto Show


  • 2014 Acura MDX Picture

    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.

Comments

  • Looks good. Kind of favors the Audi Q7 which is a good thing. Great job, Acura!!!

  • screwball71 screwball71 Posts:

    Thank you Jesus, Honda didn't mess up the MDX! Now let's fix the TL and we'll be back to the late 90's/early 00's when Acura was at the top on their game!

  • markodpolo markodpolo Posts:

    Still a little too chiseled for my taste. It's certainly more masucline than a Lexus RX, but is still a riced-up kid-hauler. I'm loath to conceed that the Grand Cherokee looks better than this.

  • mmohsin1 mmohsin1 Posts:

    Thanks Anita Lienert Good job done by you i am the lover MDX Prototype you can see the collections of pics on my blog http://fab22.com/

  • tomsjay tomsjay Posts:

    They couldnt come up with a new shape rather than coming up with a watered down current shape. this is a safe name sake refresh. no originality. almost same as current one. Jon Ikeda became a star creating ILX RDX all anonymous alien looking vehicles without character. He didnt do much to this. back look ok, front has the hyndai sant fe touch. sloopy shapes and no character to the cut lines. Acura is using front gril shape taken from decade old hond accord or civic, sticking a an elaphant trunk sized garnish( beak). no taste here as well. too big sword shape ans some lower facia cladding gimmick. having a handfull of vechiles in fleet automobile companies name so called 'design studios' outfit some where in california and make their head as celebritis. all the rest of the team working behind the vehicle in the back stage. they should never make a so called 'head designer' as if they are designing feature films.

  • tomsjay tomsjay Posts:

    They are moving the production of the vehicle from Canada to US plants. Acura / Honda cars made in Canada apparetnly have better build and material quality. The current MDX has way better material and build quality than ILX/RDX which looks like Tin Cans. The same goes with new Civic which is made in Canda versus Luckluster Accord.

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