2017 Acura MDX Previews New Look for Acura: 2016 New York Auto Show | Edmunds

2017 Acura MDX Previews New Look for Acura: 2016 New York Auto Show

TORRANCE, California — The redesigned 2017 Acura MDX midsize luxury SUV, which previews a distinctive new look for the Acura brand, will debut on March 23 at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Acura's best-selling SUV gets a dramatic new look patterned after the Acura Precision Concept model that debuted in January at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

A single teaser image of the 2017 MDX shows a bold exterior with a low and wide stance. The redesign is part of Acura's new "Precision Crafted Performance" initiative.

"The 2017 MDX will boast substantial design enhancements, added luxury comfort and convenience features and advanced new powertrain technology, in concert with the Acura brand's focus on Precision Crafted Performance," said American Honda Motor Co. in a statement on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, Acura said its new look focuses on "high-contrast details and the intersection of modern, sheer surfaces and muscular, organic sculpting."

Other elements include a long dash-to-axle ratio and the debut of a new Diamond Pentagon grille.

Pricing, launch timing and technical details on the 2017 MDX were not announced.

Honda said the 2017 MDX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California and will continue to be built at the company's Lincoln, Alabama plant. In early 2017, MDX production also will be added at the company's East Liberty, Ohio plant.

The 2016 MDX is on sale now at Acura dealerships, featuring a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Key MDX competitors include the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Infiniti QX70 and Volvo XC90.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers will want to pay close attention to the debut of the 2017 MDX, since it plays in one of the most competitive and crowded segments on the market.

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