Previewed by the recently unveiled MDX Prototype, the 2022 Acura MDX will take up a flagship role for the Japanese luxury marque, but with a firm focus on performance. To this end, a range of powertrains will be available, starting with a standard 3.5-liter V6 and 10-speed automatic gearbox in the base models and ending with a Type S derivative with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 developing 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Built on an all-new SUV platform with a three-inch longer wheelbase, the MDX will utilize Acura’s first-ever double-wishbone front suspension setup geared towards supreme performance, while SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) with torque vectoring will further enhance its handling prowess.
The striking exterior design shows the future of Acura’s latest design language, but still integrates signature design elements such as the pentagonal Acura grille and four-element JewelEye LED headlight clusters. The interior follows suit, evolving the Acura brand identity into one of greater luxury. Filled with leather, open-pore wood, and polished aluminum, the three-row MDX will elevate the levels of luxury from the brand, while the extended wheelbase will increase passenger volume. Technology, too, will step up to a new level, with digital screens including a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a matching full-HD infotainment display on the center console. Other available features will include a 25-speaker 1,000-watt plus sound system from ELS Studio, while a full range of advanced safety tech will be included as standard.
The MDX will arrive in 2021 as a 2022 year model, with rivals including the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.