2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid joins lineup in New York

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The beak-nose grille is nothing but a fuzzy memory

The 2017 Acura MDX joined the New York auto show flurry with redesigned sheetmetal, more safety tech and a new Sport Hybrid model that is expected to add 7 mpg to the SUV’s city rating.

The company’s new “diamond pentagon” grille, first seen on the Precision Concept, debuted in production form. The new piece is integrated into the hood and front fascia, which features LED fog lights and restyled Jewel Eye headlights.

Since Acura didn’t note a change in the standard model, we assume it’ll continue with a 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 making 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The company’s Super Handling-All Wheel Drive is optional on the base SUV, standard on the Sport Hybrid.

That hybrid comes with a 3.0-liter SOHC V6 with Variable Cylinder Management and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This MDX has the company’s three-motor system with one powering the front wheels and two powering the rear. Peak output is a healthy 325 hp and EPA ratings are 25 city, 26 highway and 26 combined — not bad for a seven-seater.

2017 Acura MDX for NYIAS i1

Tech is always on the menu with Acura. Standard features include auto high beams, an electric parking brake, auto brake hold, Sirius satellite radio and two USB ports. The Tech package adds a keyless remote, bigger wheel options, power folding side mirror and HD traffic. The Advance package includes LED fog lights, wood trim, heated steering wheel and the surround-view camera.

AcuraWatch, the company’s selection of premium safety features, comes standard. It includes a collision mitigation braking system with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keeping, adaptive cruise and road departure mitigation. The MDX uses millimeter wave radar and monocular cameras to detect other vehicles and lane markings.

The 2017 MDX goes on sale this summer and will be joined by the MDX Sport Hybrid later in the year.

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