2017-Acura-MDX-Teaser

A “redesigned and reengineered” 2017 Acura MDX will debut at next month’s 2016 New York International Auto Show and here’s a teaser rendering of the seven-seat luxury crossover. Today’s third-gen car looks meek and inoffensive, and from the looks of it, Acura’s designers set out to toughen up the MDX.

Honda’s luxury brand says that 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.

“We are sharpening our focus on the Precision Crafted Performance DNA of the Acura brand and the 2017 MDX will integrate new styling elements and powertrain technology that takes us another step in that direction,” said John Mendel, executive VP of American Honda Motor Co Inc.

No details on the new powertrain tech, but the Honda Pilot-based SUV has already received a ZF nine-speed auto gearbox and twin-clutch Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) for model year 2016. The third-gen MDX debut with claims of it being the “true driver’s SUV” that was tuned and tested on the Nurburgring.

The MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time and is Acura’s best-selling SUV, says its maker, with sales topping 50,000 units in each of the past three years. Designed in Torrance, California, the 2017 MDX will continue be produced at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant. In early 2017, the MDX will also roll out of Acura’s East Liberty, Ohio facility.

GALLERY: Third-gen Acura MDX