Acura has introduced the 2017 MDX in New York.
Looking slightly sportier than its predecessor, the facelifted model has a new front fascia with a “diamond pentagon” grille and restyled Jewel Eye headlights. The crossover has also been equipped with new LED fog lights and revised side skirts with chrome accents. Changes are less noticeable out back but include a new rear bumper and a dual exhaust system.
The interior is instantly recognizable but Acura added an electric parking brake and four new USB charging ports. A variety of options will be available and higher-end variants feature a heated steering wheel, a surround-view camera, and Olive Ash Burl or Black Limba wood trim.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine carries over but it will be joined by a new MDX Sport Hybrid. The model has a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain that consists of a 3.0-liter V6 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and three electric motors. This setup enables the model to produce a combined maximum output of 325 horsepower which is 35 more than the standard model.
Despite being more powerful, the MDX Sport Hybrid is expected to significantly more fuel-efficient as Acura estimates the crossover will return 25 miles per gallon city / 26 mpg highway / 26 mpg combined.
The 2017 MDX is slated to go on sale on sale this summer and the MDX Sport Hybrid will arrive shortly thereafter.