Here is the new “restyled and refreshed” 2017 Acura MDX SUV, unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. The facelifted third-gen model has been treated with new styling features as well as a new powertrain for its Sport Hybrid in the US.
The sportier-looking MDX gets a new diamond pentagon front grille as well as a reshaped bonnet, front fascia and front fenders. Restyled “Jewel Eye” headlamps are also fitted up front while the side and rear feature new rocker panels, a new bumper and twin tailpipes.
Inside, all MDX variants get a new electric parking brake system with an auto brake hold function, on top of SiriusXM Radio and four 2.5-amp USB charging ports. Higher grade variants feature genuine Olive Ash Burl or Black Limba wood interior trim, a heated steering wheel and a Surround-View Camera System with six selectable viewing angles.
Top-spec MDX variants are also available with two second-row captain seats and a centre console with two additional USB ports. This replaces the three-person second-row seating found on lower grades. An ultra-widescreen Rear Entertainment System is also available on models with the Advance ENT Package.
Acura has also introduced its new Sport Hybrid powertrain for the MDX – one similar to that featured in the Acura NSX. Featuring a three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, the variant is equipped with a 3.0 litre SOHC V6 engine — the non-hybrid version soldiers on with its 3.5 litre V6 mill.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends the engine’s power to the front wheels with the aid of an integrated electric motor. A Twin Motor Unit with two electric motors drive the rear wheels, collectively forming a hybrid all-wheel drive system. The MDX Sport Hybrid’s total system output is rated at 325 hp — no further performance specs were revealed.
A suite of AcuraWatch safety features are also equipped in the MDX as standard. These include Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).