While the often misunderstood (and infrequently purchased) Acura ZDX may be going the way of the dinosaur, the company's far more conventional and successful MDX SUV is evolving. In fact, the 2014 MDX seems to be coming along rather nicely, if this latest set of spy images is any indication.

In the camouflaged prototype we see here, it is evident that Acura designers are going for a beefier look for the MDX front end. The current car's pointed and beaked nose are nowhere in evidence on this tester, though some version of Acura's prominent shield grille does seem to remain.

It's a bit difficult to tell if the shape of the glasshouse is much revised on this new car, as the camo is applied in such a fashion as to obscure the post C-pillar design. But it does seem as though, when we look hard at the full-profile shots of the MDX, that the wheel-arch bulges and side character lines of the current vehicle have been replaced with much simpler surfacing.

Under the hood we're told to expect a choice between a conventional V6 powerplant and the hybrid system with SH-AWD that will debut in the upcoming Acura RLX. Surely we'll see and hear more about this new MDX before it makes the scene in the last part of 2013.


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      diondi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I spy LED headlights...
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many years have to pass befoe Honda finally gets it that the "bottle opener" grille just isn't working? You'd think that when US dealers can make a good sideline out of ordering the Euro-spec grilles for their US customers Honda would wake up. This is a company bady out of touch wiith the US market and in need of a shakeup. A lot of senior management at Honda needs to go.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        Ordering the European grill? You know the type of buyer at which this thing is targeted does not "do" accessories other than iPod connectors or electronic things.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        They will not acknowledge it as a problem until sales drop dramatically. They lost sales over the beak, no question, but it apparently wasn't a steep enough drop that management was sent into crisis mode, hence why they have stated the beak is going to be sticking around for at least one more product cycle. I really think that senior management at Acura (and Honda's North American operations, for that matter) is surrounded by 'yes men', who either cannot think for themselves or will not in fear of being shown the door. It would explain a lot of their recent product decisions.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why bother with camo on this appliance?
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, Acura. How you have lost your way. MDX, RDX, TSX, NSX, RSX, ZDX, ILX, ABC, 123. Integra, Legend sounded better, and they had character.
        ...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        NSX & RSX don't have character?
        TRAILbrake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Naming nomenclature is only skin deep and won't save Acura. If the ILX were half as fun to drive as the Integra then people can deal with the alphabet soup - but it isn't.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a snoozefest... as always with Honda. Even Infiniti JX is better than this ugly POS.
      Stars_Fan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait to trade in my flawless 07 for one of these. I'm hoping the 370 HP hybrid driver train is available.
      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I made a vehicle that ugly, I would hide it too. "The Beak" is a perfect summary of everything wrong with Honda / Acura. It is universally panned but they won't change it. As for the current model being popular, well yes, they sell some of them in some places but if you look at Acura and Honda sales figures over the last 5 years, it is clear that the company has lost their way in design, marketing, efficiency, and even their former strength, engineering.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GasMan
        Somebody on another site said that while sales of the other Acura models have gone down thansk to teh beak, sales of the MDX have been relatively steady. There, he postulates, is their rationale for keeping the beak: if one model with it is selling, that means that eventually the public will come around to the other cars. Its logic like that that has reduced Acura from a leader to an also-ran in the premium luxury segment.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Whatever helps ye sleep at night, dear. Ever since 2009, they've gone downhill.
          Typesbad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          "Somebody said..." Well Automotive News said that sales for Acura overall were up 30% for the year. Sales are up for MDX, RDX, TL, and even TSX, despite cannibalization from the new ILX. So sales are up fro every model that matters in the Acura Line up. These sales are greater than 2010 figures also, so the sales increases are not just due to last year's earthquake tsunami disaster. Their total sales are a little higher than Audi and about 23% higher than Infiniti. They are not Lexus or BMW, but hardly an "also-ran".
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own the current generation. When I bought it in 2007, it was the sportiest 7 seater on the market short of a V8 X5 (this was before the turbos) but was a solid $20k less. Despite what Judah says below the vehicle was a huge value proposition...I paid invoice for a fully loaded MDX when X5 6 cylinders were going for full price (remember, the housing bubble had yet to unwind and the Ed Hardy mouth breathing lease customers were out in full force) But now that v8 X5 has 400hp (500 with a chip), and the new MDX will be hybrid? Honda and Acura are moving in the wrong direction. Sporting ability is what sold this vehicle (SH-AWD is awesome) , and that is what premium crossover customers want. I'm sorry, but driving a $50k + vehcle and complaining about gas prices is just tacky. Manufacturers should stop playing to this sillyness.
        pop8d
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        @Richard I do see your point regarding performance vs. gas mileage. I fall somewhere in between. I did select an MDX partly because of the chasis and engine (both excellent), but I did ALSO select the MDX because I get 19-20 mpg versus 15-16 mpg in most of the competition including the Volvo XC90 that my MDX replaced. I would actually welcome a hybrid version.
        td284
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        I have an 05 MDX, and am anxious for a more fuel efficient version, as are most owners (if you follow the blogs). I need AWD, the third row occasionally and the vast storage frequently, having only one car. With that in mind, I expect lousy mileage, but it's immoral to keep buying and driving gas-******* vehicles if and when there are better alternatives. It's not the cost, unless you factor in global climate change, pollution and foreign wars.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the horrid beak is going to stay Attractive lease deals should move it at decent levels as many acura/honda repeat buyers dont cross shop and see how the competition has caught or passed them Will it attact new buyers?..time will tell
      Bill Coulter
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they really wanted to camouflage the Acura they would have covered that beak with something more attractive , like the back end of a horse , or something.
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      The MDX has been a good and popular car, but I hope this is just very good camouflage......because it looks like a minor facelift on a 2007 design.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        That's because that's all it is. Complacency tends to breed that kind of thinking.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope MPG improves dramatically, the current MDX has lousy economy. In addition, it LOST space compared to the first generation model, why? To top it off, it was hideous, that Acura Beak needs to go away forever.
        Marlboro
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        Lousy economy. It's a 300+hp AWD 7 passenger SUV. What competitor gets better gas mileage for around the same price?
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