The Acura MDX is a mid-sized luxury crossover SUV manufactured and marketed by Acura, Honda’s luxury arm, since 2000. Honda stresses that MDX is the best-selling crossover SUV of all time, at 700,000 units sold in US alone. 2017 Acura MDX will significantly lose its body fat, and is speculated to receive design updates all along its length and curves.
2017 Acura MDX – Design Updates:
First crossover SUV to offer three rows of seats, it is also most expensive of Acura’s crossover SUV offerings. 2017 Acura MDX will be a mix cycle refresh of models, so expect visible changes from the front. Revised front fascia will feature an upgraded aerodynamic appearance, sharper edges, and adorned with new front grilles and LED Jewel Eye headlamps. Combine this with sleeker body lines, bulged out rear end, latest LED technology in lighting, and revisited rear bumpers, and an aggressive crossover will take shape.
The manufacturer has not revealed much about inside specs, but they should be cheesy as well. Black cabin trim will be carried over from models as usual. Leather upholstery and wooden trims will be standard offerings of this model like its predecessors. Only the driver’s seat will probably come with heating and 8 different electronically adjustable options. These design updates is however, poised to reduce cargo space by a considerable chunk, a major drawback when it comes to SUV segments.
Updated Technology Package:
Central console in the 2017 Acura MDX will feature a large 8 inch touch screen interface for accessing almost all of the car’s electronic controls. Integrated with an updated infotainment system, the crossover can boast of quality in every aspect. Many features of 2014 models have been upgraded including departure controls, temperature control, and traction control, parking sensors, air bags, navigation systems, air conditioning and latest acoustic systems.
The most competitive feature of 2017 Acura MDX might be the upgraded Acura Watch Suite, known for its array of safety factors. Several safety features have been incorporated under the umbrella of Acura Watch Safety suite, and offered as standard on recent Acura and Honda launches. Cross traffic monitor system (keeps an eye on rear corners while performing a reverse maneuver, alerts driver in case of any approaching traffic), multi angle rear view camera, blind spot information system, road departure mitigation (provides both braking and steering controls at second’s notice), forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking system and adaptive cruise control (with low-speed follow) are some of the features included under this high-tech safety net.
The Technology Suite allows a range of facilities like 10 speaker audio systems, Siri Eyes Free Voice Controls, dual dashboard displays, Bluetooth audio connectivity, solar sensing climate control, keyless entry and ignition, navigation system, driver information system and many more. Higher trim levels may bring updated features of this base technology suite.
2017 Acura MDX – Drive Train and Transmission Updates:
Drive train of 2017 Acura MDX will remain same as its predecessors; a 3.5 liter V6 VTEC unit, capable of generating 290 hp at 6200 rpm and 362 Newton meters of torque at 4500 rpm, delivered to either front axle or both front and rear axles by a 6 speed manual transmission. There is some speculation about fine tuning of this drive train to offer better performance; this however, has not yet been confirmed. A hybrid model is also speculated to be in pipeline, but details about that project are also not known.
This 3.5 liter VTEC will provide an acceleration of 0-62 mph in about 7.5 seconds.
Front wheel drive version of 2017 Acura MDX will have an estimated fuel efficiency of 28 miles per gallon on highways and 20 miles per gallon inside city limits, thus offering a 23 miles per gallon combined efficiency.
4 wheel drive version will have a slightly less efficiency of 27 miles per gallon on highways and 18 miles per gallon inside city limits, thus offering 21 miles per gallon combined efficiency. In light of the size of Acura MDX, these numbers are pretty impressive with respect to other crossovers.
2017 Acura MDX – Competition, Price, and Availability:
The BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX70 will be main market rivals for 2017 Acura MDX. Neither the price nor launch dates have been confirmed by the manufacturer. But sources revealed the luxury crossover to be in price range of $42,000 to $56,000.