New Acura MDX prepares to debut in the fallAugust 20, 2020
The refreshed 2021 Acura MDX was seen testing in the United States with less camouflage and no spacers.
Following patent images that were released back in May, these spy shots best showcase Acura’s next-generation midsize SUV. Confirming these photographs with images of patents, it is clear that this prototype is wearing a production body with production headlights and taillights.
The design language is clearly inspired by the recently launched 2021 Acura TLX sedan, which is a good thing because the new MDX looks less bulky and sportier than before.
At the front, a diamond-shaped grille draws attention to the chunky Acura logo, sleek LED headlights with integrated DRLs and a sculpted bumper with vertical air intakes. Seen from the side, the three-row MDX crossover looks lower than the outgoing model and has an upward third side window for a sportier look.
At the rear, sleek LED taillights are clearly inspired by the headlights of the new TLX sedan, while the seemingly smaller rear window and flat tailpipes add a sporty look.
As for the interior, one of the photos shows a “floating” center display, which looks in line with the leaked images that were shown last year. The cabin will also feature a sports instrument cluster with digital instrumentation, a slim center console, and ambient lighting.
The 2021 MDX is expected to share a completely new platform with the 2021 TLX. As a result, we can expect the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder to act as the base engine. Connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission, it produces 272bhp. and 379 Nm of torque in the TLX, and it comes with standard front or optional all-wheel drive.
The 2021 Acura MDX will receive a “charged” version of the Type S, which is likely to be powered by the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine found in the new TLX Type S. The powerplant produces 355 hp. and 479 Nm of torque in combination with a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard Super Handling all-wheel drive.
In addition to these two gasoline engines, the novelty should receive a Sport Hybrid modification. Expect the next generation MDX to launch in the fall and go on sale next year.
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