Acura says it will show a prototype of its 2014 MDX crossover at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and we'll admit that the announcement has left us in a bit of confusion. See, the Acura press release says that the MDX proto will present "Aero Sculpture" design language, "alluring proportions" and "arching body lines." It has been accompanied by a sketch (above, click to enlarge) that, indeed, shows off a swoopy, alluring CUV.

Yet we have spy shots from two months ago of what is supposed to be the 2014 MDX, and unless the camouflage is actually some sort of vehicular moo moo, there isn't really a swoopy line on it. It is stout and substantial, but not in a way that makes us think of "Aero Sculpture." We'll know in a few weeks where the truth resides. It would appear that Acura's rendering artist has done a masterful fade on the rear glass/D-pillar area of the vehicle.

If you want to see the answer in real time, the reveal will be broadcast as it happens on Acura's webcast site. There's a press release below with the details.
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Acura to Debut the All-New 2014 MDX Prototype at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

12/12/2012, LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Acura announced today that it will unveil a prototype of the next-generation MDX luxury sport utility vehicle during the press days of the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), held in Detroit over January 14-15. Utilizing "Aero Sculpture" design language affecting both form and function, the 2014 MDX Prototype will feature alluring proportions with smooth, arching body lines matched to an efficient architecture.

The press conference will be broadcast live at www.acurawebcast.com. Media information, high-resolution images and video of the 2014 MDX Prototype will be available at www.acuranews.com immediately following the press conference.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      And it will still have that stupid beak.
      AGSHOP
      • 2 Years Ago
      finally! the number 1 selling SUV in the world gets refreshed! CAN'T WAIT!
      aquos6
      • 2 Years Ago
      More Acura junk? What a pathetic company.
      modalita
      • 2 Years Ago
      You would have thought by now Acura would have given up on it by now, but that beak lives on in both the press release and the prototype. It's nearly impossible to find someone who actually likes it, outside of the designer and the manager who approved it. It's almost like someone has staked their ego on that thing.
        seanleeforever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @modalita
        actually acura has been very successful with the latest implementations, and also their sales has been record high. maybe you are living in another planet?
          toby.jc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @seanleeforever
          The current MDX is what 5 years old now? It's at the end of it's model cycle and will sell close to 50,000 vehicles this year. That will be the most sold in the past few years. So no, I dont think the beak really has anything to do with it.
          Maxximtl
          • 2 Years Ago
          @seanleeforever
          I don't know if I would call Acura's sales figures "successful," maybe "not as atrocious as before" would be a better way of stating it. They sold just over 100,000 cars in 1987 with only 2 models. They aren't doing much better than that now with 3-times the product offering. The toned down beak is probably helping things along, but I am another person who believes it should disappear entirely.
          modalita
          • 2 Years Ago
          @seanleeforever
          Acura sales are still 1/3 of BMW or Mercedes, and trail Audi, Cadillac and Buick. I'll agree that sales are up, that is relative. If they dropped that thing in favor of styling more reminiscent of their heyday, their sales would dwarf this current trend. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121203/RETAIL01/121209996/honda-bmw-vw-toyota-mazda-set-pace-as-volume-climbs-15
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @modalita
        The current shield grille as on the TL, TSX and RDX is quite good-looking. It doesn't really look like a "beak" anymore, although they did put the beak on the MDX and it remains to this day.
          AGSHOP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @superchan7
          I like the sex DX beak! Its the top SUV in the world. Look up sales numbers. It's amazing CASH COW for Honda.
      Mr. Sled
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't worry, they'll screw it up and then "emergency fix" it. Honda may have found their way with the Accord, but Acura is still out to lunch. ...and it's dinner time. :-D
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      You're not fooling me this time Acura, I've seen the RLX.
      carguru
      • 2 Years Ago
      the beak looks much better now that its been toned down
      mookieblaylock
      • 2 Years Ago
      who frigging cares, another small truck
      Stars_Fan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love my 09 and plan on getting the 3rd gen in a couple years.
      LV426
      • 2 Years Ago
      GET RID OF THE BEAK
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new MDX: now with 30% less rear visibility!
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