An all-new Acura MDX is nearing launch and today we got our first official preview of the all-new 2022 Acura MDX. Technically Acura is referring to this vehicle as the MDX Prototype, but it’s about as close as you can get to a production version.
Starting a couple of years ago with the all-new RDX, Acura has been on the road to redemption in the premium segment. The brand made further advancement with the stunning all-new TLX, which shares a lot of design traits with this new MDX (which is a great thing!).
From a design perspective this new MDX is essentially the TLX design applied to a large SUV. The proportions are more dramatic thanks to a longer dash-to-axle ratio that gives the MDX a far more premium stance. The added presence is further accentuated with a dramatic front fascia that features chiseled headlights and a large pentagonal grille. The overall body lines are clean, but Acura designers have paid close attention to proportions to ensure it isn’t boring.
This redesign is beyond skin deep. Acura has gone to the length of creating a new light truck chassis for this generation MDX, which it says will have more rigidity than the (not-so-old) RDX. And like the new TLX, Acura has installed a double-wishbone front suspension which, when paired with the new chassis, should present a fairly athletic MDX.
Speaking of athleticism, Acura has confirmed the 2022 MDX will feature the familiar 3.5-liter V-6 as its standard engine option. It will offer 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque that will flow through Honda’s 10-speed automatic transmission. If that’s not enough power, never fear, Acura has already confirmed plans to rollout an MDX Type S.
Acura says the 2022 MDX Type S will be powered by the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. It too will be bolted to the 10-speed, while both standard and Type S variants will offer optional SH-AWD. Aside from the Type S engine, Acura has also confirmed it will feature Brembo brakes and a specifically-calibrated drive mode.
Closing out the newness of this MDX is a fantastic interior design. Like the exterior, the new interior borrows its overall design theme from the TLX, which isn’t a bad thing. Buyers will find significantly more premium materials inside this MDX, including open-pore wood accents, quilted leather seating and French stitching on the dash panel.
The premium vibe continues into the new technology found in this MDX. Acura is slotting in a 12.3-inch infotainment display that rests atop the center stack, while the physical gauges have been swapped out with a large LCD panel. Acura is also slotting in optional massaging seats and a 1,000-watt ELS auto system that has 25 speakers, six of which are in the headliner.
Creature comforts also extend into the interior space. Acura says all three rows feature increased legroom versus today’s MDX, while the first two rows also feature additional headroom.
Given the execution of the RDX and TLX, we have high hopes for the 2022 Acura MDX. If it drives as well as the spec sheet and photos suggest, Acura likely has a future home run on its hands when it goes on sale early next year.