Yep, it's the new MDX. And despite being totally redone, it looks exactly like we expected. That is, it's an up-sized version of the RDX crossover with fancy LED lights stolen from the RLX sedan. And while that might not sound too exciting, we have to say, it is handsome – certainly a more cohesive, refined design than the angular, beak-tastic model that's currently on sale.

Acura is calling this 2014 MDX a prototype, but that's only because it isn't 100-percent finished. Everything you see here will likely carry over to production, maybe with a couple small tweaks. Under the hood is the same 3.5-liter V6 that we know and love from the Honda group, and while we don't have power figures just yet, Acura says it will deliver more torque while improving efficiency. In redesigning the MDX, the Japanese automaker has managed to lighten and stiffen the chassis, improving driving dynamics. More interestingly, for the first time Acura will offer a front-wheel-drive version of the MDX, but don't worry, the automaker's SH-AWD all-wheel drive will be available.

Inside, the usual smattering of tech goodies will be on hand, including the next-generation AcuraLink system, satellite radio, tons of comfort amenities and every single alphabetic safety device known to man (okay, maybe not all of them).

This MDX may be a prototype, but we'll see the production version very, very soon. Scroll down for the full details in Acura's release.
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Acura 2014 MDX Prototype Makes World Debut at North American International Auto Show

2014 MDX Prototype provides glimpse at luxurious third-generation MDX


01/15/2013 - DETROIT, Mich

The 2014 Acura MDX Prototype made its world debut today at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, offering a strong indication of the styling and design direction for the third generation of the popular, 7-passenger Acura MDX performance luxury SUV, launching by mid-2013 in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive layouts.

"Our goal is to advance on MDX's already great dynamic performance while improving fuel economy and luxury comfort," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. "Building on the great momentum we established in 2012 with the launch this year of our flagship RLX, followed later this year by a terrific new luxury SUV in MDX we are very excited about the direction of the Acura brand. And we are truly looking forward to a great 2013."

The "Aero Sculpture" styling of the 2014 MDX Prototype pursues the direction of a smart, compact and premium appearance with low, wide and sleek proportions; a clean, efficient and uncluttered design; and elegant, premium detailing, including the signature Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights. This "aero" image also reflects significant gains in aerodynamic efficiency, up 16 percent compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX, achieved through extensive testing in Honda R&D Americas' new wind-tunnel laboratory in Raymond, Ohio – where the vehicle is being created.

The 2014 MDX Prototype's sculpted exterior and arcing roofline (1.5-inches lower than the outgoing model) encase what will be an even more spacious and versatile cabin compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX. The 2014 MDX Prototype features a longer wheelbase that enhances ride quality, increases second-row legroom, and improves third-row seat access.

"While we aren't showcasing the interior today, I can assure you it will further improve the already great functionality in the cabin and cargo area while really amping up luxury, comfort and quiet," added Jon Ikeda, chief designer, Acura Design Studio. "And that's really the focus of this new MDX, delivering outstanding luxury performance and family capability in a more refined and alluring package."

In response to strong demand from consumers in warm weather markets Acura also will, for the first time, offer a front-wheel drive version of MDX in addition to the all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) model that has earned MDX a reputation as a leader in dynamic handling and all-weather performance for a luxury SUV.

The 2014 MDX will also feature an all-new, more rigid and lightweight chassis, including new front and rear suspension designs that deliver a more refined, confidence-inspiring, and sporty driving character. An all-new, direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) will deliver improved torque and more spirited performance while realizing a significant increase in fuel efficiency to class-leading levels. Special attention was also paid to improving cabin quietness, which is greatly enhanced by the vehicle's all-new chassis and body design and new sound-deadening techniques.

The 2014 MDX also will be equipped with a broad array of advanced safety technologies, including the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and the available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems, as well as visibility technologies such as the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow. Further, the 2014 MDX is designed to achieve top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS. All 2013 Acura models other than the outgoing ZDX achieved at least a TOP SAFETY PICK safety rating, while the TL sedan was one of the first two vehicles in the industry to achieve TOP SAFETY Pick+ status.

The new MDX will also feature a full array of advanced information technologies, including the next-generation AcuraLink cloud-based connected car system featuring Pandora® connectivity, SiriusXM™ radio, SMS text messaging, and cloud-based Aha™ by Harman connectivity that brings thousands of personalized news, information and media feeds into the vehicle via the customer's compatible smartphone and data plan. A premium Acura/ELS® audio system will be available on the new MDX. Next-generation AcuraLink will also be available with a host of fee-based convenience, assistive and security features, such as automated crash notification, remote locking/unlocking, emergency "SOS" call feature, and live-operator concierge services.

With the introduction of the all-new 2014 Acura MDX production will move from Alliston, Ontario, to the company's vehicle and V-6 engine manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, the MDX is built exclusively in North America.


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      Ajay Dionysus
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Under the hood is the same 3.5-liter V6 that we know and love." No, actually it's a revised, direct injected 3.5-liter that will see it's first use in the upcoming RLX. Acura's 3.7-liter V6 is the standard engine for the current gen MDX. I expect this new MDX will have the same power-train options as the RLX. This, unfrotunately, means it will be necessary to get the hybrid version if you want SH-AWD.
      ucfhall
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it's more evolutionary then revolutionary, but I personally think it's a lot better overall...
      Sheldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't mind the beak part of the grille, just the egg crate-ish part under needs to be smoother or blacked out or have black vents - otherwise good effort and better than the current version.
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      Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the wheelbase grew quite a bit. Perhaps by a few inches at least?
      Marcus Spencer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel like Acura and Mazda went through "weird" styling problems at the exact same time and now they're both finally reached the point of realizing what works and what doesn't. Acura still has some more cars to fix though...
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      Judah Richardson
      • 2 Years Ago
      In usual Acura fashion, expect this vehicle to be woefully underpowered.
        zoomy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Judah Richardson
        Really? Acura MDX 310hp Mercedes ML 302 Buick Enlave 288 Audi Q7 280 Lexus RX 270 BMW X5 225
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          @zoomy
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      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to aspire to have an Acura but now that I can afford all of them, I don't want any of them.
      zoomy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I get the biggest laughts at the Autoblog trolls. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/09/2013-acura-rdx-detroit-2012/ Go review the same comments being thrown at the RDX concept. Acura can't build the RDX fast enough, sales are averaging 160% up month after month. Watch this MDX do the same proving all the internet trolls wrong.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zoomy
        RDX is now entirely too effing big. I was interested in it when it was small enough to park in SF but now it's just bloated.
          piggybox
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          That's the current industry trend. Cars are made bigger every update until a smaller new model is introduced.
          snap_understeer_ftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          that's not what the people wanted.....as evidenced by the sales uptick since the remodel
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      Westport
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe the 2014 Acura MDX actually looks more dated than the previous model!!! So disappointed. I am driving an 07 with 90k miles. Will have to switch brands.
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