NY LIVE: 2017 Acura MDX [Video]

NY LIVE: 2017 Acura MDX [Video]

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Acura has given its MDX a facelift for the 2017 model year, introduced at the New York auto show.

The company had been hesitant to meddle with the popular crossover’s aesthetics, keeping the second generation’s styling largely intact when the model was redesigned for the 2014 model year. The design has now received a significant makeover after nearly a decade.

The 2017 MDX is the first production model to feature Acura’s diamond pentagon grille, first showcased on the wild Precision Concept. The new grille is paired with restyled Jewel Eye headlights, LED fog lights and a reshaped hood with pronounced creases.

The new look is further accentuated by chrome rocker panels, a revised rear bumper, twin tailpipes and a new 20-inch wheel design.

The company has also brought its Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) technology to the MDX. Electric motors drive the rear wheels, improving control while adding 35 horsepower and an estimated 7 mpg in the city. The system should increase total output to 325 ponies.

Buyers will also benefit from longer list of standard equipment including an electric parking brake, auto high-beams and 2.5-amp USB charging ports. The Advanced package is also now available with two second-row captain’s chairs and a center console, rather than the typical three-person bench.

Pricing should be announced closer to launch. The Sport Hybrid variant will presumably command a premium over the mechanical SH-AWD edition.

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